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Energy Dept Announces First Data Centers to Join Better Buildings Challenge; Ernest Moniz Comments

Ernest Moniz
Ernest Moniz

The Energy Department has announced the first batch of data center owners that join the government’s program to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent over the next 10 years.

The partners have committed to install new information technology systems as part of the Better Buildings Challenge, the Energy Department said Tuesday.

“Through the Better Buildings Challenge, public and private sector partners are demonstrating leadership through their efforts to save money by saving energy,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

“In fact, if all data centers were 20 percent more efficient, the nation could save more than 20 billion kWh of electricity by 2020, which would result in roughly $2 billion in cost savings,” Moniz added.

The partners include:

  • „Argonne National Laboratory
  • CoreSite Realty Corp.
  • Defense Department, Defense Information Systems Agency
  • „Digital Realty
  • „ebay Inc.
  • „Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • „The Home Depot
  • Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • „Michigan State University
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • „National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center
  • „National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • „Schneider Electric
  • Social Security Administration
  • „Staples
  • Veterans Affairs Department

The new partners will work to share their results and savings report, develop energy metering plan and exhibit their implementation model for the first year of the program.

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