DOE to Support Energy Efficiency in the IT Sector
September 19, 2007
September 19, 2007 — Alexander Karsner, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Green Grid. The goal of the MOU is to support energy efficiency in the information technology sector.
The Green Grid is a consortium of information technology companies seeking to lower consumption of power in data centers around the globe. Assistant Secretary Karsner and John Tuccillo, director of The Green Grid, signed the MOU at the New York Stock Exchange, followed by a round of discussions with financial services data center operators.
The DOE-Green Grid MOU intends to focus on assisting data center operators and facilities to initiate and implement an energy management program and adopt clean energy and efficiency technologies. DOE and The Green Grid have also set a common goal of improving overall energy efficiency in data centers by 10% by 2011; approximately 10 billion kilowatt-hours would be saved, equivalent to electricity consumed by 1 million U.S. households annually.