ENERGY STAR Initiative

 

The ENERGY STAR initiative started in 1992 but the United States Congress began to address server use and demands with Public Law 109-431, passed on December 20, 2006. The law mandated the study and promotion of energy-efficient computer server use in the U.S., producing the resulting Report to Congress on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency. In response to Public Law 109-431, on August 2, 2007, a research team led by Dr. Jonathan Toomey published Report to Congress on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency. Since the original publication, the report has been updated several times, most recently in June 2016.

 

The supporting documents below detail the law and research.

2006 – Energy Efficient Computer Servers

2006 - Energy Efficient Computer Servers Bacground and Need for Legislation Computer data center growth results in increased electrical demand. Energy efficiency at computer data centers can reduce electricity costs and reduce the rate of growth of electricity usage...

2006 – Public Law 109–431 109th Congress [H.R. 5646]

2006 - Public Law 109–431 109th Congress [H.R. 5646] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled. Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Environmental...

2007 – Report to Congress on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency Public Law 109-431

2007 - Report to Congress on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency Public Law 109-431 Executive Summary The United States (U.S.) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this report in response to the request from Congress stated in Public Law 109-431. This...

2011 – Growth In Data Center Electricity Use 2005 To 2010

2011 - Growth In Data Center Electricity Use 2005 To 2010 Executive Summary This study assesses growth in data center electricity use from 2005 to 2010 for the US and the world. It uses data and methods similar to earlier analyses to create a consistent time series of...

2016 – United States Data Center Energy Usage Report

2016 - United States Data Center Energy Usage Report Executive Summary This report estimates historical data center electricity consumption back to 2000, relying on previous studies and historical shipment data, and forecasts consumption out to 2020 based on new...

2017 – Automated Optimization of IT Equipment Reduces Energy Consumption and Maximizes Capital Investment

2017 - Automated Optimization of IT Equipment Reduces Energy Consumption and Maximizes Capital Investment Introduction As our society continues to rapidly “computerize” every aspect of business, government, and our personal life. The immediate requirements, as well as...

2017 – Cover Letter to President Donald J. Trump

2017 - Cover Letter to President Donald J. Trump Overview The attached white paper succinctly reviews: 1) the Federal law providing for ongoing, important research in this subject matter (PL 109-431’s “Report to Congress on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency”);...