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    1. Greenpeace: Cloud Contributes to Climate Change

      Greenpeace: Cloud Contributes to Climate Change
      The environmental group Greenpeace says data center builders must become part of the solution to the climate change challenge, rather than part of the problem. In a report today on the carbon impact of cloud computing, Greenpeace called on data center operators to power their data centers using renewable energy, urging major cloud computing providers to use their business clout to pressure utilities and Congress to make renewable energy more readily available. In Cloud Computing and its Contribution to Climate Change, Greenpeace projects that data centers could consume up to 1 million megawatt hours of power by 2020, with the telecom sector using another 950,000 megawatt hours.
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    2. Datapipe Taps Wind Power for NJ Site

      Datapipe Taps Wind Power for NJ Site
      Managed hosting provider Datapipe said today that it will offset the carbon impact of its data center in Somerset, New Jersey by purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs). Datapipe will purchase wind power certificates from Constellation NewEnergy equivalent to the electricity used annually by its Somerset One data center. The agreement allows Datapipe to account for its power usage, providing financial support for wind power generation while retaining its current redundant power feeds from the New Jersey power grid. The company said the impact of the agreement equates to a reduction of more than 8.5 million pounds of carbon emissions.
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    3. U.S. wind power growing fast but still lags

      U.S. wind power growing fast but still lags
      Wind-generated electricity is growing rapidly in the United States but the pace still lags far behind that in China, the organizer of an industry conference in North Carolina said. "With the right policies in place, we can see explosive growth...It's a global footrace," said Jeff Anthony, business development director of the American Wind Energy Association. Although the United States has the largest amount of installed wind power capacity in the world, the wind power industry is "fighting to get on a level playing field" with other government-subsidized power providers, Anthony told a conference of parts manufacturers, suppliers, wind project developers, and economic development officers from around the southeastern United States.
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    4. Green-ing the World's Data: A Q&a With Ibm's Vp of Energy and Environment

      Green-ing the World's Data: A Q&a With Ibm's Vp of Energy and Environment
      When it comes to wasting energy, some of the worst culprits are where you’re sitting right now — residential and office buildings. By some estimates, the carbon emissions of the buildings where we live and work are higher than those of all vehicles combined. Then there’s the issue of those separate but necessary buildings, data centers — we have an endless stream of information being generated, and storing it is sucking up enormous amounts of power, water, and other resources.
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    5. Los Angeles Launches Carbon Reduction Surcharge ...

      Los Angeles Launches Carbon Reduction Surcharge ...
      Yesterday the Mayor of Los Angeles unveiled a proposal for a Carbon Reduction Surcharge to raise an estimated $170 million a year to be placed into a Renewable Energy and Efficiency Trust Fund set aside to provide dedicated revenue for renewable energy and efficiency investment. The trust fund will specifically invest in two types of programs: energy efficiency and a solar feed-in tariff. The dedicated carbon tax will cost Los Angeles residents $2.50-$3.50 extra on their monthly Los Angeles Water & Power bill.
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    6. U.S. Wind Industry Calls for Renewable Energy Standard

      This week the American Wind Energy Association assembled a bunch of energy industry executives to make a pitch to the press for a national renewable energy standard , that is, a mandate requiring utilities to generate certain proportions of electricity from renewable sources by certain dates.
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    7. Engelina Jaspers: Open the Window to Sustainable Facilities

      Engelina Jaspers: Open the Window to Sustainable Facilities
      If you're not in the technology world, the term "data center" may sound a bit mundane. But these powerhouses are driving our digital lives - delivering your texts, storing your emails, executing your stock trades, and hosting your games. They are also a hotbed of innovation in sustainable technology. And the lessons learned in the data center have implications for other big technology infrastructure projects like hospitals, utilities and even entire cities. According to Gartner, the information and communications technology (ICT) sector is responsible for about two percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including product manufacturing and use. Traditional data centers, on average, use several thousand megawatt hours per year. The 451 Group has stated that if data centers were classed as a separate industry, they would be the sixth-largest user of electricity.
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    8. Tuning the energy innovation engine at MIT

      Tuning the energy innovation engine at MIT
      "China speed," climate change, financing gaps, government policy, nuclear and natural gas, and, of course, science experiments. The MIT Energy Conference on Saturday had a little bit of everything, as entrepreneurs, business people, and academics tried to get their arms around big-picture energy challenges. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has become a hotbed for clean-energy innovation over the past four years, attracting students and faculty to the energy field, some of whom have spun out promising companies. At a showcase, local companies and researchers working in wind, solar, biofuels, storage, and efficiency displayed some of their ongoing work. But at the conference, discussion focused more on conventional energy sources, policy, and financing.
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    9. Europe 'supergrid' hopefuls cast fate to wind

      Europe 'supergrid' hopefuls cast fate to wind
      Ten companies pushing to build a pan-European offshore power network that could help cut carbon emissions and cost customers over 20 billion euros got together in London on Monday. The Friends of the Supergrid (FOSG) brings together companies that want to build the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) infrastructure together with those that hope to develop, install, own, and operate it. Building interconnectors to link offshore wind farms across the North Sea from Sweden and Denmark to Britain could cost 15 billion to 20 billion euros, according to a report commissioned by Greenpeace, in addition to the tens of billions needed to build the wind farms themselves over the next decade.
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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. ‘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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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