A global consortium of IT professionals announced on Friday new tools and reports to assist data center managers and executives to improve the efficiency of their operations. At a forum hosted at the New York Stock Exchange by NYSE Euronext, representatives of The Green Grid -- a consortium that seeks to improve energy efficiency in data centers and business computing ecosystems worldwide -- were joined by members of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy to discuss the challenges of data center energy management. The Green Grid presented the results of a recent assessment of a mid-tier data center operated by the EPA, and said more than $1.1 billion could be saved by greening up the data center: “If the EPA can deploy techniques that improve efficiency by 20 percent, they can save $15,000 per year in this one data center," said John Tuccillo, Chairman of the Board of The Green Grid, in a statement. "IDC estimates that there are … [Read more...] about U.S. DOE, EPA, IT pros: $1.1 billion could be saved with green, efficient data centers
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Here's a fun tidbit: CA's ecoSoftware originally started as a custom application intended to get a grip on the company's OWN energy consumption, carbon footprint and other environmental information. The application is comprehensive, including CA ecoGovernance, which is a sustainability and carbon management module, and CA ecoMeter, which keeps tabs on operational energy consumption. Terrence Clark, senior vice president and general manager of CA ecoSoftware, says the package is intended to provide visibility from the board room to the field. Among the new features in ecoSoftware are more one-click reports that let you grab snapshots of specific data and a framework (ecoMeter Gateway) that permits interaction with heterogeneous systems so that the application integrates more seamlessly with building management systems. Clark says many CA customers are using the software to create key performance indicators related to sustainability and then monitor business performance against those … [Read more...] about CA updates environmental management software
Perhaps I noticed this because my local hospital was forced to operate for several days on its generators last week -- the second time it has been forced to do so in the last two months. In any event, the U.S. Environmental Protect Agency has released new guidelines and Energy Star tools specifically intended to help hospitals better manage and reduce their collective $7.4 billion annual spend on electricity. The Energy Star Portfolio Manager has been updated so that hospital managers can benchmark their energy consumption against this tool and make adjustments to improve efficiency. The EPA figures that approximately 85 percent of acute care providers are using the tool, so the update should have a substantial impact. The tool includes new best practices and data from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering. That data includes factors such as how many magnetic resonance imaging machines a facility uses and weather normalization information. The tool also removes the previous … [Read more...] about Greener hospitals? Updated Energy Star spec targets healthcare
Building on both its own tools -- and applications from a new ecosystem of partners -- Hewlett-Packard is launching a suite of technology-enabled sustainability management services. Packaged under the broad name, HP Energy and Sustainability Management (ESM), HP has packaged up nine different services that are aimed at helping companies create a more unified approach to their sustainability strategy, using IT (of course) to help keep everything in line. Jay Allardyce, worldwide director, growth initiatives, Energy and Sustainability Management, HP Enterprise Business, says many of the specific energy and carbon management activities of enterprise businesses are managed local, "although the company needs to have a unified voice." HP aims to help companies find that voice through these services. The services that are part of HP's energy and sustainability portfolio -- one that will set it up in directly competition with IBM's Smart Planet services offerings include: HP Energy and … [Read more...] about HP: Trust us with your green IT, sustainability strategy
More cities are requiring commercial buildings to disclose their energy use to the public. The idea is to hold building owners accountable to the public and ignite competition among large buildings to lower energy use. Governing Magazine reports: Increasingly, cities like Austin, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., along with California and Washington state, are mandating that large buildings perform energy audits that will be benchmarked against other buildings of a similar size, configuration and age. While the concept of benchmarking isn’t entirely new -- the historic Dexter Horton building in downtown Seattle has been doing it for several years, and Arlington County, Va., started benchmarking county office buildings in 2001 -- mandating that the results be made public is. In 2008, the District of Columbia became the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to require that all public buildings and all commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet disclose … [Read more...] about Cities require large buildings to disclose energy use
Energy Star label? The EPA this week said that any stand alone data centers in the top 25 % of their peers in energy efficiency according to EPA's energy performance scale can now earn such an accolade. 10 hot energy projects that could electrify the world The EPA said it uses a commonly accepted measure for energy efficiency, the Power Usage Effectiveness metric, to determine whether a data center qualifies for the Energy Star label. Specifically efficiency levels will be determined by using what's known as the power usage effectiveness (PUE) metric, which measures the total power supplied to a data center, divided by the amount that reaches the gear. Before being awarded the Energy Star, a licensed professional must independently verify the energy performance of these buildings and sign and seal the application document that is sent to EPA for review and approval, the agency stated. In its 2007 Report to Congress on Server and Data Center … [Read more...] about Can your data center earn an EPA Energy Star?