Legislative Update: Improving Energy Efficiency in Data Centers

by Rona Newmark, The Green Grid In the remaining weeks of the current session of the U.S. Congress, the Senate has the chance to advance bipartisan legislation that strives to combine both business and sustainability objectives. In seeking to boost energy efficiency while cutting costs within the federal government, the Energy Savings and … [Read more...]

New Study: America's Data Centers Consuming – and Wasting – Growing Amounts of Energy

All of our online activity -- including email, internet use, social media, and conducting business -- is delivered through nearly 3 million data centers across America, from small closets and larger server rooms, to mammoth “cloud” server farms. Their explosive growth is gulping huge amounts of energy, and despite some efficiency improvements much … [Read more...]

3,236 Reasons for Microgrids

Microgrids are the talk of the energy industry, and it’s easy to see why after reading Eaton’s recently released annual Blackout Tracker. True, the US electric system is an engineering wonder. Some call it the biggest machine in the world. Still, it experienced 3,236 outages last year, 15 percent more than in 2012. This makes a case for … [Read more...]

A Green Cloud is a Transparent Cloud

By Eric Woods Pike Research Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets June 22, 2011 At Connectivity Week in Santa Clara, recently, I took part in a series of panel discussions on data center energy efficiency. The discussions covered a wide range of issues from the practicalities of infrastructure optimization to the possible role of data centers … [Read more...]