U.S. DOE joins The Green Grid

The DOE and The Green Grid signed a memorandum of understanding to promote energy efficiency in IT.

09/18/2007


On Sept. 18, Alexander Karsner, U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, joined John Tucillo of The Green Grid, Beaverton, Ore., at the New York Stock Exchange to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote energy efficiency in the information technology sectors. The memorandum focuses on developing best practices and guidelines for improving energy use in data centers.

Last year, data centers used 1.5% of all electricity in the United States, DOE said. Although data centers form the backbones of the information economy, they consume a growing amount of energy. The Green Grid is a consortium of information technology companies seeking to lower the overall consumption of power in data centers worldwide.

For more information on DOE's memorandum with the Green Grid, click here .

In other DOE news, the agency signed an MOU to increase cooperation and energy efficiency in China's industrial sector, which accounts for 70% of the country's total energy demand, DOE said. This memorandum follows discussions from the third U.S.-China Energy Policy Dialogue held this week where the United States and China agreed to conduct audits to increase China's national, regional, and local energy efficiency.

The Industrial Energy Efficiency Cooperation MOU signifies the United States and China’s intention to promote energy efficiency at energy-intensive factories that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The memorandum states that a DOE team of industrial energy efficiency experts will conduct on-site plant audits of the production process and plant energy systems at up to 12 facilities from the top 1,000 energy enterprises in China. DOE will provide tools to conduct the plant audits and train factory personnel on plant audit techniques. These facilities must have the resources and feasibility to implement energy-efficient improvements identified by the DOE and National Development and Reform Commission teams.

DOE subsequently will conduct a comparison study of these Chinese enterprises and U.S. manufacturing plants to identify differences in best practices. The MOU also may serve as a conduit for American companies to export environmentally superior U.S.-made equipment and services to China.

DOE will host training sessions in the United States to help familiarize Chinese officials with U.S. energy saving laws, policies, advanced energy saving procedures and technologies, and best practices for management personnel tasked with saving energy. Training will be offered to government personnel, energy-saving supervisory and monitoring personnel, energy policy research personnel, and officials who manage big energy consumption enterprises. DOE also will provide demonstrations for highly efficient boilers, fired heaters, and combined heat and power units.

To learn more about DOE's memorandum with China on energy efficiency, click here .





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Intelligent, efficient PLC programming: Cost-saving programming languages are available now; Automation system upgrades; Help from the cloud; Improving flow control; System integration tips
Smarter machines require smarter systems; Fixing PID, part 3; Process safety; Hardware and software integration; Legalities: Integrated lean project delivery
Choosing controllers: PLCs, PACs, IPCs, DCS? What's best for your application?; Wireless trends; Design, integration; Manufacturing Day; Product Exclusive
PLCs, robots, and the quest for a single controller; how OEE is key to automation solutions.
This article collection contains several articles on improving the use of PID.
Learn how Industry 4.0 adds supply chain efficiency, optimizes pricing, improves quality, and more.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again