Data Centers & Servers Initiative
This Initiative identifies and recommends program strategies that increase the energy efficiency of data centers and servers by facilitating the industry’s collective understanding of key market players and industry motivations. In order to provide well-informed and effective energy efficiency solutions, members collaboratively build a collective understanding of market opportunities and develop consensus metrics and definitions. They also identify replicable program approaches that generate additional energy savings beyond those resulting from the data center industry’s efforts alone.
Members assess research on decision-making in small and medium embedded data centers and identify advances that inform program design. For instance, the committee identified a binational opportunity to improve program effectiveness in building relationships with midstream trade allies. Effective partnerships with these allies could help programs engage with small and medium embedded data center customers at the right time in the business cycle, enabling them to link energy efficiency measures to customer priorities. This could improve performance and reliability and increase the likelihood of adoption.
CEE continues to work closely with federal partners to advance data center and server efficiency. In 2016, for example, CEE provided the program perspective to EPA on the ENERGY STAR® Enterprise Servers Version 3.0 Draft 1 Specification proposal.
“With rising energy surpluses in the Pacific Northwest as well as added infrastructure costs, BC Hydro requires a sophisticated approach to DSM. As a member of the CEE Data Center Committee, I see value in networking with other members.”David Rogers, BC Hydro
How to Participate
Participation requirements will be determined along with the Board’s adoption of specific Initiative components.
Arizona Public Service
Baltimore Gas & Electric Co
Black Hills Energy
Bonneville Power Administration
California Institute for Energy and Environment
Energy Trust of Oregon
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Minnesota Department of Commerce
New Jersey Natural Gas
New York Power Authority
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Pepco – Potomac Electric Power Co
PSEG Long Island
Puget Sound Energy
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Salt River Project
Seattle City Light
Snohomish County PUD
Southern California Edison
Tennessee Valley Authority