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New Utility Coalition Aims to Improve Energy Efficiency Measures in Data Centers
A nationwide coalition of utilities coordinating discussion on energy efficiency programs for the high-tech facility sector, focusing on data centers.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is leading the coalition’s formation, according to their Web site. “We have developed program and service offerings for the information technology industry, and sharing our knowledge with other utilities will drive energy savings and environmental benefits more widely in this rapidly expanding market,” says Roland Risser, director of customer energy efficiency at PG&E.
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), TXU Electric Delivery, Austin Energy, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and NSTAR, have all signed on to the coalition.
Many regions across the U.S. are experiencing huge new demands for electric infrastructure as data center operators construct new facilities, according to PG&E. Nationwide, existing data centers are experiencing space, cooling, and energy capacity issues. Utilities are offering energy efficiency programs to help customers live within their existing data centers, and to moderate the energy impact of new ones.