PG&E Offers Incentives for Energy Star Servers
Provider California utility PG & E (www.pge.com) will begin offering financial incentives for data centers in California who purchase servers accredited with the qualification of Energy Environmental Protection Agency of the Star, the utility, said Thursday on data from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Energy Efficiency Center at the Summit Sunnyvale, California.
Mark Bramfitt, principal program manager of energy efficiency to customers of PG & E incentive program discussed in his presentation at the summit. It was later revealed that soon will PG & E after 25 years with the utility.
After more than two years in development, introduced in May EPA Energy Star certification for Enterprise Servers, which strives to improve data center energy efficiency by creating titles for servers considered energy-efficient.
The certification measures the categories of performance management of energy supply, the performance in a virtualized environment, energy and benchmarks to measure and report on energy use from the server.
The Energy Star initiative is designed to make it easier for data center operators to compare the energy efficiency of servers from major vendors.
When customers of PG & E Energy Star servers select the suppliers that manufacture these servers will receive financial incentives, which will then pass the savings to the end user customer.
So far there are only 10 servers have been certified Energy Star, including four HP Proliant servers, three ThinkServers Lenovo, and three Fujitsu Primergy servers.
In 2008, PG & E handed out $ 7 million in incentives for reducing energy 7 MW of load reduction. The company has also set aside $ 50 million spending program from 2010 until 2012.
PG & E has already given a data center operators of a few big discounts including $ 1.4 million for NetApp, $ 900,000 fortune data centers, 168,000 dollars to 365 Main and $ 129,000 to Sonic.net.