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05/18/2009 08:54 AM     print story email story  

EPA Announces First Energy Star Requirements for Servers

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The Environmental Protection Agency today announced the first Energy Star requirements for computer server.

The new standards are designed to protect the environment and result in significant energy savings, according to the agency. On average, computer servers that earn the Energy Star label will be 30% more energy efficient than standard servers.

If all servers sold in the United States meet this new specification, energy cost savings would grow to $800 million per year and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from more 1 million vehicles, EPA said.

Computer servers that earn the Energy Star label will include: efficient power supplies; improved power quality; capabilities to measure real time power use, processor utilization, and air temperature; advanced power management features to save energy; and a power and performance data sheet for purchasers that standardizes key information on energy performance, features and other capabilities.

Awarding the Energy Star label to computer servers is part of a broader EPA initiative to address growing national data center energy consumption.

Website: www.energystar.gov/datacenters



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