Comment period open on Energy Star draft for computer servers

The EPA released its draft of the Energy Star standard for computer standards and invites feedback. The deadline to provide comments is March 14.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its much-anticipated draft Energy Star standard for computer servers and invited feedback on the proposed criteria. The deadline to provide comments is March 14.
The draft document sets out the product criteria and testing procedures that manufacturers will have to submit to if they want their servers to carry the Energy Star label.
Comments should be sent to Rebecca Duff, ICF International, at by March 14.
The Energy Star label is used widely on a raft of electronic products, includingesolved with its new standard.
The specifications cover definitions for those products that can carry the label, minimum standards for power supply efficiency and the amount of energy drawn when the server is idle, power management and virtualization requirements, energy efficiency performance benchmarks and standards for measuring and reporting energy use.
In a letter to stakeholders, Energy Star product development manager Andrew Fanara urged those interested in the contributing to the consultation process to file responses by the
"EPA is interested in finalizing this specification as quickly as possible while allowing for sufficient stakeholder input and ensuring that the finished product is technically sound and consistent with Energy Star program principles," he wrote. "EPA's intent for a swift development process is in response to the growing interest and demand for a server specification from data center operators/IT purchasers, several governments, and utility and regional energy efficiency programs."

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