TheÂ Energy Department has announced the first batch ofÂ data centerÂ ownersÂ that joinÂ 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 theÂ Better Buildings Challenge, theÂ Energy Department said Tuesday.
âThrough the Better Buildings Challenge, public and private sector partners are demonstrating leadership through their efforts to save money by saving energy,â said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
âIn 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,”Â Moniz added.
The partners include:
- ÂArgonne National Laboratory
- CoreSite RealtyÂ Corp.
- Defense Department, Defense Information Systems Agency
- ÂDigital Realty
- Âebay Inc.
- ÂEnvironmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory
- Environmental Protection Agency
- ÂThe Home Depot
- Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Los Alamos National Laboratory
- ÂMichigan State University
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- ÂNational Energy Research Scientific Computing Center
- ÂNational Renewable Energy Laboratory
- ÂSchneider Electric
- Social Security Administration
- Veterans AffairsÂ 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.