Activities

CoE facilitates activities that range from training sessions and webinars, to the creation of tools, to specialized programs. 

The DCEP training program certifies energy practitioners qualified to evaluate the energy status and efficiency opportunities in data centers. A list of DCEP Program Developers, Instructors, and Practitioners is also maintained and available here.

The Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) requires federal agencies to develop and report on data center strategies to consolidate inefficient infrastructure, optimize existing facilities, improve security posture, achieve cost savings, and transition to more efficient infrastructure, such as cloud services and inter-agency shared services.

List of upcoming and on-demand training events and news via our Twitter feed. Content is focused on information and opportunities to facilitate energy efficiency projects in data centers with special attention paid to resources for federal agencies.

Toolkits and calculators are available to support the implementation of best practices. Tools cover areas such "early stage" data center profiling to establish a baseline and efficiency potential, and more detailed sub-system assessments to identify opportunities.

Energy efficiency efforts and attention for data centers have historically focused on larger data centers. Despite their comparatively small size, small data centers (defined as server closets, rooms, and localized data centers under 5,000 square feet of computer floor) have significant energy savings potential.

The energy intensity of data centers, the growth of data center infrastructure in India, and the existing power deficit in the country calls for increased energy efficiency in Indian data centers. A public-private partnership is working to increase the energy efficiency of data centers in India.

Unprecedented demand and policies are driving rampant growth in data centers throughout China. Asia is experiencing 27% data center growth- which is expected to last through 2020. This is over two times the growth rate of other regions, and is dominated by China (Data Center Dynamics, Shanghai 2017). DOE and LBNL are working with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and industry to promote open standards, test procedures, specifications, and evaluation metrics for U.S. and Chinese data centers.

DOE is working with public and private building owners to reduce energy use in data centers. There are over 34 partners committed to date through the Better Buildings Challenge and Data Center Accelerator programs.

Demand for High Performance Computing (HPC) is growing in both the public and private sectors. It is also highly energy-intensive. LBNL has organized a HPC Working Group to address the energy-efficiency issues related to these technologies and provides guidance and resources tailored to HPC.

A number of activities supported by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) assist in making data centers more energy efficient. These activities and accompanying resources include the purchase of energy- and water- efficient products, project financing, and institutional change for sustainability.

Utilities and state energy offices are critical partners in disseminating energy efficiency information, opportunities, and incentives for the marketplace.