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    1. Smart Grids for Smarter Data Centers

      Smart Grids for Smarter Data Centers
      Computer hardware gets more powerful every day, and with greater power comes a greater appetite for electricity. That's greatly increased the amount of energy needed in the data center, yet many data centers today weren't designed for modern consumption requirements. Smarter, more comprehensive energy planning tools and processes are being directed at this problem.
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    2. Study of U.S. Data Center Industry Indicates Widespread Expansion of ...

      Study of U.S. Data Center Industry Indicates Widespread Expansion of ...
      Digital Realty Trust, Inc. DLR, the world's largest wholesale datacenter provider, has released the results of its annual study of the U.S. data center market. The study is based on a detailed survey of senior decision makers at large corporations in North America who are responsible for shaping their companies' data center strategies. The research was conducted for Digital Realty Trust by the respected research firm Campos Research & Analysis.
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    3. Feds Taking Requests for $100M in Energy Efficiency Stimulus

      Feds Taking Requests for $100M in Energy Efficiency Stimulus
      The U.S. Department of Energy is injecting another $100 million into energy efficiency in buildings, electricity storage and other energy saving technologies. Energy Secretary Steven Chu on March 2 opened up the third round of funding under the Advanced Research Project Agency — Energy (ARPA-E), reports the San Francisco Business Times. Chu said that ARPA-E aims to yield technology jumps, such as those that produced the Internet or lasers, reports CNET.
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    4. Green tech seeks its 'Netscape moment'

      Green tech seeks its 'Netscape moment'
      If you're wondering what the next big thing in green tech will be, this is a good place to look. The ARPA-E Summit, a conference designed to showcase potential breakthrough clean-energy technologies, started on Monday, attracting some 1,700 investors, entrepreneurs, and policymakers all vying to reinvent the energy infrastructure to be cleaner and more efficient. Given the makeup of the group, the mood is optimistic that new technologies can shake up even the slow-moving energy business. At the conference, scientists and entrepreneurs showed off early-stage ideas, such as kinetic energy storage systems or methods for low-cost solar power.
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    5. Utilities Willing to Go First -- but Not Alone -- on Emission Limits

      Utilities Willing to Go First -- but Not Alone -- on Emission Limits
      The heads of several prominent utilities say they would not necessarily object to the power sector being the first industry subject to carbon emission limits under proposed climate change legislation. More News From ClimateWire Battle Lines Harden Over New Transmission Policy for Renewables Alberta Works Quietly to Improve Image of Oil Sands Decongesting Rail Traffic Is a Major Step to Raise Fuel Efficiency U.K. and Its Major Power Producer Brawl Over Biomass Subsidies Obama Speech to Business Group Leaves Greenhouse Gas Issues Up in the Air A blog about energy, the environment and the bottom line. Go to Blog » Utilities played a significant role in the House-passed climate bill (H.R. 2454 (pdf)) that set an economywide cap-and-trade mechanism, but Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) are moving in a different direction. The "gang of three" is pushing toward a plan to set ...
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    6. John Kerry says compromise climate bill coming

      John Kerry says compromise climate bill coming
      Senator John Kerry said a bipartisan climate change bill would emerge soon in the U.S. Senate, contradicting what he called the "conventional wisdom" that the legislation was dead this election year. Kerry is working closely with the Obama administration and a bipartisan group of senators on a comprehensive bill to reduce U.S. carbon dioxide pollution blamed for global warming. "We're on a short track here in terms of piecing together legislation we intend to roll out," Kerry told a climate policy forum, without giving details of his proposals. The Massachusetts Democrat and White House officials are among the most optimistic that a bill to tackle global warming can be produced, despite strong opposition among many lawmakers and as time runs out ahead of the November midterm elections.
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    7. ‘Combination Architecture’ To Produce Greener Power

      ‘Combination Architecture’ To Produce Greener Power
      AEG Power Solutions has launched what it is calling a ‘Combination Architecture’ for standby power solutions like a UPS (uninterruptible power supply), commonly used in mission-critical facilities such as data centres, server rooms and computer centres. A UPS system often uses a lead acid battery that provides emergency power in the event of a main line power cut. However lead acid batteries are highly toxic, and nowadays there are newer alternatives that can enhance power system efficiency and reduce an organisation’s carbon footprint.
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    8. Green IT, Green Gap, Tiered Energy and Green Myths

      Green IT, Green Gap, Tiered Energy and Green Myths
      There are many different aspects of Green IT along with several myths or misperceptions not to mention missed opportunities. There is a Green Gap or disconnect between environmentally aware, focused messaging and core IT data center issues. For example, when I ask IT professionals whether they have or are under direction to implement green IT initiatives, the number averages in the 10-15% range. However, when I ask the same audiences who has or sees power, cooling, floor space, supporting growth, or addressing environmental health and safety (EHS) related issues, the average is 75 to 90%. What this means is a disconnect between what is perceived as being green and opportunities for IT organizations to make improvements from an economic and efficiency standpoint including boosting productivity.
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    9. The Green Data Center Strategies of Web Giants

      The Green Data Center Strategies of Web Giants
      As ethereal as the terms “web services” and “cloud computing” sound, there’s nothing lightweight about the power and cooling required to make the Internet run. It takes data centers, plain and simple — each running 24/7 and housing thousands of servers and data storage systems – to satisfy our growing appetite to tweet all day long, watch the Olympics streamed online, and Skype our friends across the globe. If you’re thinking it’s a recipe for sky-high power bills and added greenhouse emissions, well, then you’re right. Let’s take a look at how some of the biggest web firms are handling IT infrastructure growth while bringing technology and innovative data center design principles to bear on lowering energy costs and reducing carbon emissions.
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    10. Bridging the gap between IT and facilities

      Bridging the gap between IT and facilities
      There was a time when an IT admin would hardly give a second thought to slapping a new server into a rack in the data center. There was no need for him or her to fret over whether there was enough power or cooling to support the new machine; that was something for facilities to worry about. But things have changed. With data centers facing a shortage of floor space, limited energy supplies, and demands from on high to reduce operating costs and carbon emissions, IT admins have had to broaden their purview beyond simply ensuring that servers are serving, storage gear is storing, and the network is blazing. IT is now expected to track energy efficiency at granular and broad levels, including monitoring energy consumption and even heeding climate, humidity, and power availability.
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    11. Firms Told To Take Ownership Of Carbon Management

      Firms Told To Take Ownership Of Carbon Management
      Board-level bosses are being warned that their firms will fail to achieve reductions in CO2 emissions unless they take ownership of carbon management With the CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment) legislation looming in the UK, senior management figures are being advised to take a hands-on approach to their carbon management. So said a new report from research firm Verdantix, which warned that unless CEOs take ownership of carbon management as a business transformation challenge, not a corporate responsibility issue, their firms will fail to achieve absolute reductions in CO2 emissions.
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    12. Green supplier report: Purchasing counts the carbons

      Green supplier report: Purchasing counts the carbons
      Purchasing departments are playing key roles in company campaigns to reduce their carbon footprint from greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Purchasing has been looking for energy savings since long before climate change science fingered GHG as a contributing cause. Aside from finding greener energy sources and contributing to energy efficiency innovations, they are involved in changing the materials buy or moving to processes that emit less CO2 and other gasses. "There has been surge of interest over the last year and half in inquiries about GHG emissions," says James Solo, vice president at Trucost, a U.K.-based consulting firm that assists companies in tracking and mitigating their emissions. "Just getting a handle on which operations generate emissions can be a challenge," Solo says.
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    13. How Cap & Trade May Impact the Data Center

      How Cap & Trade May Impact the Data Center
      As governments around the world continue to explore and implement carbon emissions standards and carbon reduction commitments, many companies will be required to participate in auction-based carbon emissions trading schemes that are designed to provide economic and reputational incentives for achieving reductions in emissions. In many cases, those companies that do not reduce emissions could face financial penalties in the form of emissions credits they will need to purchase. For example, in the United Kingdom, the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme will begin in April 2010 to promote energy efficiency and help reduce carbon emissions.
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    14. Energy Efficiency Gains Horsepower: The State of Green Business 2010

      Energy Efficiency Gains Horsepower: The State of Green Business 2010
      As managing greenhouse gas emissions continues to rise in priority inside companies, the need to find large, cost-effective energy savings is becoming increasingly important. Some of the biggest opportunities come from basic upgrades — of lighting, air conditioning, equipment, vehicles and other energy-using things. Coca-Cola Enterprises, for example, said it would slash its electricity consumption by 5.6 million kilowatt-hours a year as a result of an energy-efficiency overhaul of just its lighting systems at 24 facilities in the state. But that barely illuminates the opportunity. There are equally large savings to be found from a wide range of energy-management practices. Managing energy use has become increasingly easier, thanks to a new generation of technology.
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    15. IBM Hopes To Trigger UK Nuclear Renaissance

      IBM Hopes To Trigger UK Nuclear Renaissance
      IBM says smart information systems could help improve the image of nuclear energy, but green groups claim such efforts are a dangerous distraction from renewables Smarter information management systems will be a crucial part of efforts to push the development of cheaper and safer nuclear power in the UK, according to IBM. The tech company released details of a survey this week which it claims reveals a more positive attitude to nuclear power in the UK, with consumers more amenable to the technology as a low-carbon alternative to existing fossil-fuel energy sources.
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    16. U.K. Lawmakers Call for Intervention in Carbon Market (Update1)

      U.K. Lawmakers Call for Intervention in Carbon Market (Update1)
      Europe needs stricter limits on greenhouse gases and the power to intervene in carbon markets as its cap-and-trade program fails to encourage investments in cleaner energy, U.K. lawmakers said today in a report. “It is imperative that there are mechanisms for reducing the EU cap,” the committee said. While the U.K. alone couldn’t change EU caps, the 16-member panel representing the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties said “the U.K. should be prepared to act “unilaterally” to curb its supply of permits and “demonstrate a continuing leadership role on tackling climate change.”
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    17. Measuring the smart-grid effect

      Measuring the smart-grid effect
      Good old-fashioned guilt and frugality might go a long way toward helping the U.S. reduce its carbon footprint. Converting the U.S. electricity grid to a series of smart grids would have a significant impact on carbon emissions from utilities mainly because the shift would tend to change people's usage habits, according to a report released last week by the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Researchers at PNNL's Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center (EIOC) used real-time U.S. electric grid data, advanced software, modeling computation, and data from existing smart-grid projects to determine whether, and by how much, a series of smart grids implemented across the entire U.S. could reduce electricity use.
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    18. Government Carbon Reduction Commitment 'has loopholes'

      Morse, the IT services company, has called for the government to amend its Carbon Reduction Commitment after identifying “loopholes” that it said could undermine the commitment’s principles. The company claims that the CRC encourages offshoring by not taking into account the power businesses use outside of the UK. The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, developed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), aims to encourage organisations to reduce their power consumption. Due to begin in April, businesses with a half-hourly electricity usage of more than than 6,000 megawatt-hours will have to buy ‘allowances’ based on the level of usage. However, Morse claims that instead of adopting new and greener technologies, businesses may choose to offshore their more energy-intensive operations, such as data centres, to avoid the charges under the CRC.
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    19. Will Carbon Reduction Commitments Hurt U.K. Green Data Centers?

      Will Carbon Reduction Commitments Hurt U.K. Green Data Centers?
      IT industry experts are calling on the UK government to amend the imminent Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) energy efficiency scheme, warning that it will force participants to outsource energy-intensive IT infrastructure to offshore operators, which could drive up overall emissions from the sector. The legislation comes into effect in April and will apply to about 5,000 large UK public and private sector organizations that consume more than 6,000MWh of electricity per year. As a result, many of the UK's larger data centers will be covered by the scheme and will be required to report on their energy use and attempt to improve their efficiency or face financial penalties.
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    20. Carbon Dioxide, Cap and Trade, and the Data Center

      Carbon Dioxide, Cap and Trade, and the Data Center
      Regardless of what you may think about anthropogenic global warming (climate change caused by human activity) or the recent scandal centering on the ethics and motivations of certain climate scientists, carbon dioxide is a substance that is in the political dog house. Residents of member states in the European Union have already seen the institution of a cap and trade system designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions through government regulation; residents of the United States may well be in for a similar system. Although data centers generally do not, by themselves, spew carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, their operation does require large amounts of energy. Much of this energy is generated through fossil fuels, resulting in carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, for instance. Thus, data centers (although perhaps not mentioned specifically in discussions of this topic) are a target of emissions legislation.
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    21. Morse Identifies Loopholes in CRC Regulations

      Morse Identifies Loopholes in CRC Regulations
      The government's CRC laws are flawed, as companies can simply offshore their data centres and it doesn't take into account power from renewable sources, warns Morse's Brian Murray IT services provider Morse has identified what it believes are a number of serious flaws with the British government's looming CRC (carbon reduction commitment) regulations. The UK's Carbon Reduction Commitment is now called the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and is due to begin in April 2010. However Morse feels it has the potential to pose a “serious threat to UK businesses and could even have little, no or possibly negative effect on global emissions.”
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    22. UK total emissions fall by 1.9%

      UK total emissions fall by 1.9%
      Total UK emissions fell in 2008 according to figures published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change. Announced today (2 February) UK emissions in 2008 of the six greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol were estimated at 628.3m tonnes of carbon dioxide. This was 1.9% lower than the 2007 figure of 640.5m tonnes, with the fall largely down to cuts of 7.3% (1.3 MtCO2e) from industrial processes. However, the residential sector saw an increase in emissions of 3.1% equal to 2.5 MtCO2e.
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    23. Is clean tech China's moon shot?

      Is clean tech China's moon shot?
      The global race to develop clean technology is not just about who can build the best solar parks or wind farms. It is also shaping up as a contest between Chinese-style capitalism and the more market-oriented approach fancied by the United States and Europe. The question comes down to this: will China's highly capitalized command-and-control economy trump laissez-faire in a low-carbon shift that is widely portrayed as the next industrial revolution? The failure in Copenhagen to agree to replace the Kyoto Protocol with a new global climate treaty when it expires in 2012 has thrown the focus on national measures. And by almost all accounts, the Chinese are coming on strong.
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