Posted on August 4, 2009 by James Cerwinski
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers a Data Center Energy Efficiency performance based incentive to offset the cost of projects that improve energy efficiency in Data Centers.
The Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) has approved funding of 93 million dollars for the period of 2009 - 2011. Their objective is to reduce the state’s consumption by 15% by 2015.
The incentive per kWh saved is $0.16/kWh for Con Edison customers and $0.12/kWh for upstate customers. Applicants are eligible for up to $5,000,000 per facility, not to exceed 50% of project cost.
Key project requirements are:
Get started by submitting an application:
My understanding is that applications can be processed within a week followed by the following five steps:
Let me know if you have success with this program.
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Posted on July 31, 2009 by James Cerwinski
Data Center Efficiency Solutions Consultant - Henry Hsu - Presented an insightful take on the utility and the limitations of Power Usage Effectiveness (“PUE”) as a data center efficiency metric. His thought leadership presentation covers:
I suggest you view it to at least find out how HenryandhisCat.com achieved a prefect PUE of 1.0. Do you know the PUE of your lab or data center? if so what is it?
Posted on July 17, 2009 by James Cerwinski
Xcel Energy is a leading electric company with regulated operations in 8 Western and Midwestern states including - Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.
They have created an energy resource library with information on how commercial companies can reduce energy consumption. One section of this library specifically covers the topic of Managing Energy Costs in Data Centers.
This section provides an overview of Data Center Energy Consumption, quick fixes to reduce energy consumption and longer-term solutions.
I reached out to them to find out if the offer special rebates or incentives to data centers and labs.
Do you know of any such programs?
Posted on July 16, 2009 by James Cerwinski
The US Department of Energy funds the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to administrate a Database of State Incentives for Renewable and Efficiency Programs “DSIRE”.
DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
In addition to providing details about the many programs the site provides people you can contact which is always helpful.
Let me know if you find a good program in your area.
Posted on July 15, 2009 by James Cerwinski
Apparent Power is the Total Power Flowing
When electrical power in an AC system flows to a load (a computer, motor, lighting, cooling, etc.) all of the power is not necessarily absorbed and used to perform useful work – a portion of the power may be reflected back to the power source (power company).
The total power flowing is known as the “apparent power” and is measured as the product of the voltage and current (V * I).. For example, if 208 volts and 5 amps are measured – the apparent power is 1040VA (VA means volt-amps – the measurement unit of apparent power).