Posted on July 13, 2009 by James Cerwinski
It was a historic moment when the house passed the carbon cap and trade bill on June 26th. This is confirmation of a major shift in US policy on the topic. The following post explains the certain outcome you need to plan for.
There has been much debate on the details on the bill — the good, the bad and how it might be modified when the senate takes up the debate. I will leave that debate to others.
From my perspective, one certain outcome is that the price of electricity will rise. Therefore, you need to prepare to be more energy efficient now.
The following confirms the direction.
Key provisions of the bill
I hope for the best, but plan for the worst. I hope we realize all the promised benefits. But you need to plan for higher electric rates.
Share your energy savings strategies.
Posted on June 9, 2009 by James Cerwinski
New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program provides energy rebates for custom projects that reduce energy consumption by at least 25,000 kWh per year. The custom project program is for projects beyond standard projects such as upgrading a HVAC. It can cover projects such as server virtualization and deploying a data center energy management system that will turn off systems at scheduled times provided the energy savings is predicable, documented and meets all other program criteria.
The program is funded and governed by the State of NJ and the BPU. The total clean energy program is funded at $90 million for 2009. This program is state wide and not limited to a specific utility.
Posted on May 19, 2009 by James Cerwinski
Want to be more energy efficient and your data center is in Austin, Texas? Austin Energy offers up to $200,000 in rebate opportunities.
Austin Energy’s data center efficiency rebate is available on:
Data center owners, design professionals and contractors can file rebate applications.
Learn more at: Data Center Energy Efficiency Information and Rebate Forms
Tell me about other utilities offering rebates.
Posted on May 12, 2009 by James Cerwinski
Data Center energy efficiency rebates are a win-win.
An abundant supply of inexpensive energy is fuel for the world economy. Four of the last six recessions were caused in part by high energy prices and supply concerns. $454 billion was spent by energy exploration and production companies in 2008 according to a survey of 357 oil and gas companies by Barclays Capital. In comparison, the U.S. Department of Energy spend only about $650 million on energy conservation. It will take both new supply and energy conservation to meet our energy requirements.
I applaud Pacific Gas and Electric and San Diego Gas and Electric for making an investment in energy conservation.
Pacific Gas and Electric is the leader in offering Data Center energy efficiency rebates and incentive programs. Over the last three years they have announced rebate programs to replace existing servers with new energy efficient servers and rebates to consolidate servers through virtualization. It is important to contact them for rebate approval before you implement your plan. They pay $158 per consolidated server.
San Diego Gas & Electric Company offers financial incentives for server virtualization projects. SDG&E offers an incentive of 8 cents per kilowatt hour saved. If you’re running an green data center, this should be a big help.
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Posted on April 21, 2009 by James Cerwinski
By now you have heard of carbon cap and trade programs, but most likely this was in reference to activity in Japan or Europe. This blog is notice to you that it will be coming to the United States soon and you should understand what it means to you.
The attached document provides and overview of greenhouse effect and carbon cap, what it will mean to you and how some Japanese companies took advantage of this opportunity.
Do you measure your Data Center’s Carbon Footprint?