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    1. Manos: Prepare for Data Center Regulation

      Manos: Prepare for Data Center Regulation
      Is data center regulation inevitable? Mike Manos of Digital Realty Trust is back from a visit to England, where he held a customer discussion about the Carbon Reduction Commitment (PDF), the UK’s version of cap-and-trade legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “While not specifically aimed at data centers (it’s aimed at everyone) you can see that by its definition data centers will be significantly affected,” Mike writes. The CRC mechanism is expected to “go live” in April 2010, and include all organizations that consume more than 6,000 MWh in 2008. “One of the items that came out during the roundtable discussions was how generally disconnected government regulators are to the complexities of the data center,” Manos writes.”They want to view Data Centers as big bad energy using boxes that are all the same, when the differences in what is achievable from small data centers to mega-scale ...
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    2. Innovation Economics Can Fight Global Warming

      Innovation Economics Can Fight Global Warming
      The U.S. House of Representatives may be on the verge of passing the most significant environmental measure since 1990. The bill, named for its sponsors, representatives Howard A. Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), would for the first time impose caps on carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to global warming. It also would allow companies to buy credits from each other, permitting them to exceed their greenhouse gas limits. While the so-called cap-and-trade mechanism (or some kind of carbon pricing) is needed, it isn't enough. To really avert climate change, the government needs to adopt an explicitly green innovation policy. Unfortunately, green innovation is getting short shrift in this bill and in Washington generally.
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    3. Economic Concerns Have One Exception by Carol Wilson

      Economic Concerns Have One Exception by Carol Wilson
      Economic concerns have one exception There is no doubt that the economy has supplanted environmental concerns as a priority in the minds of most if not all business leaders over the last six months. Many companies had the best of intentions at the beginning of 2008 of pursuing “greener” pastures--more telecommuting to reduce driving; lower electricity consumption in offices; less non-essential business travel and incentives to encourage car-pooling and other employee energy-saving measures were all hot topics.
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    4. Is smart grid the next green-tech bubble?

      WASHINGTON--Here at a conference on the utility of the future, the starring players are Google, IBM, Cisco Systems, Intel, and smart grid start-ups. The reason? Data. Modernizing the grid isn't just about installing more transmissions lines and smart meters. It's a giant information challenge as well, said attendees of consulting firm Kema's Utility of the Future conference here on Thursday. The heavyweight IT companies are seeking to capitalize on initiatives around the world to upgrade the power infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Energy is expected to soon announce how billions of dollars in stimulus money for smart grid will be allocated. Smart grid has also become one of clean-tech venture capitalists' favorite areas, spawning dozens of start-ups with ways to make the grid run more efficiently and integrate more solar and wind power. Altogether, it's a combination that could end up creating a bubble, said ...
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      Mentions: Intel Google Cisco
    5. Green IT Is Maturing, Here to Stay, Researchers Find

      Green IT Is Maturing, Here to Stay, Researchers Find
      In the growing universe of green IT hardware, software and services, there are two kinds of technologies, according to a new report from Forrester Research: Green IT 1.0 and green IT 2.0. The 1.0 technologies are those that green the IT infrastructure of a company -- like virtualization and power management -- while 2.0 technologies are those that help the company green other aspects of its business, such as videoconferencing or supply chain management software. While awareness and implementation of green IT 2.0 projects are certainly on the upswing in companies, green IT 1.0 technologies have taken solid root in companies of all types, to great benefit. In the new TechRadar report, author Doug Washburn interviewed 12 green IT experts and 10 end-users to identify 15 1.0 technologies that make the cut for how broadly they've been adopted and how ready for prime time ...
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    6. The price of carbon and your data center by Doug Mohney

      The price of carbon and your data center by Doug Mohney
      Recent market trading in Europe and U.S. estimates put the price of carbon at around $20 a ton today. By 2010, the non-profit Investor Responsibility Research Center thinks that the world will see pricing of $28.24 per ton, says Forbes. Regardless of the mechanism – a flat carbon emitter tax, cap-and-trade policies, or carbon offset buys – data center operators have to start factoring in the cost of carbon into their operation. First, let’s be honest: It is hard to predict the future with great certainty, doubly so when we move from lies, damned lies, and statistics into the realm of computer modeling built on assumptions that may or may not have to do anything with the real world. However, having said that, barring a sudden set of breakthroughs in energy generation and/or conservation, your electric bill has a good chance of having a carbon tax built into ...
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    7. The Environmentally Friendly Data Center

      The Environmentally Friendly Data Center
      The Environmentally Friendly Data CenterProcessor.com, NEThis is the second green data center for a university on which IBM has collaborated. Its first project with Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, netted an estimated reduction of 230 tons of CO 2 per year. With energy being the elephant in the ...
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    8. Green Building Retrofits Represent a Potential $400B Market

      Green Building Retrofits Represent a Potential $400B Market
      Boosted in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which will provide significant funding for renovations to federal building, the total potential market for major green renovations in the commercial building sector is approximately $400 billion, according to a new study by Pike Research. Although currently a relatively small market, the market researcher forecasts that [...]
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    9. British Property Federation launches carbon reduction commitment guide

      British Property Federation launches carbon reduction commitment guide
      The British Property Federation (BPF) has launched a guide on the carbon reduction commitment (CRC), a mandatory cap and trade scheme that could have significant costs for firms or public sector who fail to control their carbon emissions. The Government backed-guide has been produced by numerous bodies and is also supported by the country’s leading energy firms npower and Centrica. Ministers have said that the scheme will be "revenue neutral", meaning all funds will be recycled between the scheme’s participants depending on how they perform. But despite the fact that the scheme starts next April across the UK, research shows that the vast majority of firms are unprepared while many don’t know about it at all. Firms consuming more than 6000 megawatt hours of electricity in 2008 (around £500,000) will have to pay out an estimated £1.4bn for the allowances when they go on sale ...
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    10. UK Carbon Reduction Commitment

      UK Carbon Reduction Commitment
      Cap and Trade for large non-energy intensive organisations The business and public sectors generate over one third of UK CO2 emissions. The establishment of Climate Change Agreements and the EU ETS has created a real incentive for reductions within energy intensive industries. Now, a new cap and trade scheme will incentivise significant carbon abatement in other, non-energy intensive sectors, delivering bottom-line financial benefits. The new emissions trading scheme (called the Carbon Reduction Commitment or CRC) will cost-effectively deliver carbon emissions reduction and cost savings in the service sector, public sector and other less energy-intensive industries. The Government announced its decision to implement this new scheme in the Energy White Paper published in May 2007. It aims to reduce carbon emissions in large non-energy intensive organisations by 1.2 million tonnes of carbon per year by 2020. The need to create an incentive for emissions reduction in this sector was originally ...
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    11. Energy Stars: Wall Street Firms’ Sustainable IT Efforts

      Energy Stars: Wall Street Firms’ Sustainable IT Efforts
      No Wall Street firm could declare its data center truly "green." After all, a fully loaded data center draws somewhere between 7 and 40 megawatts (millions of watts) of electricity, enough to power thousands of homes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the energy consumption of the nation's data centers will exceed 100 billion kilowatt hours by 2011, ringing up annual electricity costs of $7.4 billion. But some data centers hog less energy than others (see related article on Citi's LEED-certified facilities). And although most firms have ditched the unrealistic phrase "green IT" for the more practical (and perhaps deliberately vague) moniker "sustainable IT" -- sustainable in the sense of its impact on the environment and budgets -- they are achieving real efficiencies. Wall Street firms are deeply engaged in virtualization, consolidation and other energy-efficient initiatives; they're even shutting down entire data centers, turning off servers and desktops ...
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    12. Conoco Phillips CEO on Oil, Cap-and-Trade

      Conoco Phillips CEO on Oil, Cap-and-Trade
      With oil prices holding steady around $70 I sat down with Conoco Phillips CEO James Mulva to discuss commodities and what needs to be included in any cap-and-trade legislation. Mulva says the increase in crude prices are based on expectations of the economy stabilizing soon.”There are some indications, not only in our own country, but in the world that we are starting to work toward and that’s good, that gives confidence.” The company had to cut workers and put projects on hold in the face of the downturn, but he said they are in a long-term business and are prepared to get through economic cycles. “We continue to invest in the long-term, but it doesn’t really change our long term strategy.” We also hit on the proposed cap-and-trade legislation and the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act. Mulva said the Waxman bill favors some industries over ...
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    13. Wanted: IT Energy Czars

      Wanted: IT Energy Czars
      Companies need them to help reduce operating and capital expenses. Do you have an IT energy czar? If you don't, you should. This is a relatively new job function and often one without sufficient horsepower to make serious business impact. That's unfortunate for the bottom line because energy savings directly translate into reduced spending on new data centers or capacity expansions, which have dominated at least half of IT's CapEx spending over the last few years. The Uptime Institute's research indicates that fewer than 8% of IT organizations have someone specifically accountable for reducing energy consumption. Another 44% have someone assigned to manage energy use, but without goals and clout. The percentage of czars has doubled within the last two years as management has learned the full extent of IT energy consumption on outgoing capital expenditure cash flow and the enterprise's bottom line. Where to ...
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    14. House may vote on climate change bill next week

      House may vote on climate change bill next week
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to drastically reduce carbon dioxide pollution blamed for global warming could be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives as early as next week, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Tuesday, as the Senate focused on the plan's tax implications for companies. Hoyer, speaking to reporters, said he expects the House to wrap up action on the climate change bill, which is a high priority of the Obama administration, either next week or the week of July 6, following a holiday recess. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill in May and Hoyer said committee chairman Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, was ready to get it moving again.
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    15. What's the carbon footprint of your handwash?

      What's the carbon footprint of your handwash?
      Start-up Planet Metrics is developing software that could give consumers a better read on the embedded energy of everyday products. The San Francisco-based company on Tuesday released the beta test version of its hosted application, which it calls Rapid Carbon Modeling. It also said Method, which makes eco-friendly home-cleaning products, is a customer. There are a number of companies writing software for calculating how much energy is linked to a business' operations and managing carbon emissions. Planet Metrics' software is geared at manufacturers and makers of consumer packaged goods. Using Planet Metrics' software, a person could, for example, see how much energy consumption is associated with procuring the components that make up a cell phone. With that information, a company can then look for ways to cut energy consumption, such as reducing waste or finding another supplier. The carbon footprint picture is built by combining a company's internal data ...
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    16. DOE Muffs IT Energy Efficiency at Seven Sites: Department Audit

      DOE Muffs IT Energy Efficiency at Seven Sites: Department Audit
      WASHINGTON, D.C. -- An audit by U.S. Department Energy's Office of the Inspector General of seven facilities, including DOE headquarters, concluded that better management of IT resources could have saved at least $1.6 million in energy costs in fiscal year 2008. The recent report (PDF) also says that the department stands to lose about $23 million in the next five years for unnecessary energy, equipment and support costs for IT if improvements are not made. The recommendations include simple measures such as switching off computer monitors at the end of the day, using the power management settings on desktops and laptops, shifting to use of shared servers when possible for unclassified work and better monitoring and management of data centers. The audit was conducted between July 2008 and April 2009 at DOE headquarters in Washington, D.C., and Germantown, Maryland; the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh ...
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    17. Oil, Utility, Train Executives Want Comprehensive US Energy Policy

      "You have to have a either cap and trade (system) or else a carbon tax," John Rowe , chief executive officer of electricity and natural gas giant Exelon Corp. (EXC), told the Detroit, Michigan conference. "It's just basic economics that unless you ...
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    18. Where's My Carbon Credit, Dude?

      Where's My Carbon Credit, Dude?
      We took a righteous stab this morning at explaining the basics of how a cap-and-trade program like the one being considered in congress might be used to limit global warming and carbon emissions. Or, say, limit the use of the word dude. Internally, there was much debate here about what movie clip to use. Our producer Jacob Ganz emailed : "Dude, you can totally tax a turtle." Our editor Uri Berliner remembered the Bud Light ads (video above, other ads here and here.) And let me point out, it's not just economists debating whether a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade approach would be better. I just got this press release from the dudes at the National Pork Producer's Council, titled "Cap And Trade Preferable To Carbon Tax." A quote: "We are already losing money today for every pig sold, and any additional costs will simply drive us deeper and ...
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    19. Q&A: Randy Zwirn, CEO of Siemens Energy

      Q&A: Randy Zwirn, CEO of Siemens Energy
      How's the debate on energy and climate policy going to shape the green energy sector? Randy Zwirn Randy Zwirn heads Siemens Energy Americas, part of a 19 billion euro revenue business that accounted for 25% of the German conglomerate's revenue in 2008. Siemens Energy's fortunes are intertwined with the development of the global green energy industry, and often hinge on government policy that would support the development of renewable energy. Siemens produces wind turbines, photovoltaics and has developed a new generation of efficient large natural gas-fired turbines, in addition to its coal-fired generation and nuclear businesses. Zwirn spoke with Forbes about the importance of energy and climate policy to the future of the green energy sector, and on what the most likely sources of new electricity generation will be as global environmental concerns grow. Forbes: How important is energy and climate (carbon cap and trade) legislation, currently ...
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    20. Dept. Of Energy Neglects Own Advice On Energy-Efficient IT

      Dept. Of Energy Neglects Own Advice On Energy-Efficient IT
      The Department of Energy falls far short in following its own advice for energy-efficient information technology, a new departmental inspector general report finds. For example, the report, which follows up on a similar one issued last October, finds that although the Energy Department gives guidance to turn off PCs and monitors if they are idle, departmental processes didn't ensure that these features were enabled on the 46,345 PCs at the sites reviewed by the inspector general. This is despite a federal regulation that requires agencies to turn on power management features. More Insights White PapersNow more than ever, your field workers must be "ON"Practical Advice for Leveraging CICS in an SOAWebcastsBuilding an Agile Enterprise for Rapid ResponseCA Records Manager Introductory Corporate DemonstrationReportsThe Pain Of E-DiscoveryVirtual I/O Ups BandwidthVideos From the exhibit floor at Interop Las Vegas 2009, InformationWeek Global CIO editor Bob Evans explains the issues ...
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    21. Keysource Cuts Energy Use 45 Percent at U.K. Data Center

      Keysource Cuts Energy Use 45 Percent at U.K. Data Center
      WEYBRIDGE, UK -- With a PUE of 1.2, the new data center designed by Keysource for Petroleum Geo-Services has cut its energy costs almost in half using already-existing technologies. The PUE, a metric developed the Green Grid, measures the amount of electricity entering a data center that is used for services other than computing. A PUE of 2 means that for every watt in the room that goes to powering servers or storage, another watt goes to cooling, lighting, or other non-computing needs. Surprisingly, the new facility opened by PGS, and designed by Keysource, doesn't make use of the cool air in this city 30 miles outside London to achieve its big gains in energy use. Instead, Keysource put in a closed-loop system that uses heat exchangers, rather than using outside air with air-filters to take out the contamination. According to Mark West, Keysource's managing director, cooling is ...
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