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Power IQ Data Center Energy Management System is GA

Posted on August 10, 2009 by James Cerwinski

Power IQ Data Center Energy Management System Release 1.4 is GA.

Power IQ 1.4 contains the following improvements over 1.3.1:

  1. Multi-Vendor power control
    1. Remote power control of outlets, IT devices, groups of IT devices and racks
    2. Scheduled power control operations
    3. Configurable on/off sequence and delay of IT devices within a device group
    4. Operation Confirmation & Reason
    5. Audit Log
  2. Single pane of glass management of APC, Avocent, Cyber Switching, Geist, HP, ServerTech, MRV and Raritan Ethernet enabled rack PDUs and in-line meters for power control and analytics reporting.
  3. Easy and comprehensive user device grouping and permission management
  4. Temperature charts support both Celsius and Fahrenheit
  5. PX environmental sensors can now be charted in the analytics section
  6. Calculate and chart active power, energy and cost for in-line meters and rack PDUs that only provide Amps

Download Free Energy Management System - License Limited to 5 Devices

James Cerwinski


Data Center Energy Incentive - New York

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:

  • measurement and verification
  • persistence
  • system benefit charge customer

Get started by submitting an application:

Data Center Energy Incentive Application

My understanding is that applications can be processed within a week followed by the following five steps:

  1. site visit for project screening
  2. measurement and verification plan
  3. install monitoring equipment
  4. project installation and 60% incentive payout
  5. post project verification and 40% incentive payout

Let me know if you have success with this program.

James Cerwinski

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PUE Reconsidered - AFCOM Regional Meeting

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:

  • Historical Basis for PUE – what is the problem?
  • Strengths of PUE Metric – what does it measure?
  • Weaknesses of PUE Metric – what does it omit?
  • Bottom Line: How to be Strategic About Datacenter Efficiency

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?

James Cerwinski


Energy Resource Library - Xcel Energy

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?

James Cerwinski


Energy Efficiency Rebate & Incentive Database

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.

Energy Efficiency Rebate & Incentive Database

Let me know if you find a good program in your area.

James Cerwinski


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