Utility Energy Efficiency Program Design: Server Room Assessments and Retrofits

April 11, 2012

Leading utilities in the United States are increasingly seeking opportunities to capture large energy savings through the delivery of energy efficiency programs and services for data centers and information technology (IT) infrastructure. These programs, whether targeted or comprehensive, typically address desktop infrastructure at one end of the spectrum and dedicated data centers at the other, failing to address the biggest portion of the market in the middle: small server rooms and IT equipment closets. This hidden infrastructure represents more than half of the energy use attributed to data centers and can be a significant portion of total energy use in an office environment. NRDC believes that utilities can deliver effective programs and services to increase energy efficiency for small server rooms with education and evaluation tools and on-site efficiency evaluations. This paper presents a suite of programs and services to help utilities capture this market opportunity.