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Data Center Partners

Expanding to Include Data Centers

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge is partnering with public and private sector data center owners/operators that commit to improve the energy efficiency of their data centers. Data center energy use has grown rapidly, with associated electricity use in the U.S. doubling from 2001 to 2006 to 60 billion kWh, and increasing to 80 billion kWh from 2006 through 2010. Data center energy consumption can be reduced by 20% to 40% by applying best management energy efficiency measures and strategies. A return on investment of data center energy optimization measures of two years or less is common. Partners agree to either improve the energy efficiency of a portfolio of data centers by at least 20% within 10 years and showcase one specific project, or to pledge to showcase a single data center of 100 kW or greater of IT load by improving its energy efficiency by at least 25% within 5 years.