The CLEER model is a comprehensive user friendly open-access model for assessing the net energy and emissions implications of cloud services in different regions and at different levels of market adoption. The model aims to provide full transparency on calculations and input value assumptions so that its results can be replicated and its data and methods can be easily refined and improved by the research community.
The Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM) touches upon every aspect of the data center including power, cooling, compute, storage, and networking. In addition, the levels of the model outline current best practices and a 5-year roadmap for the industry. The DCMM Assessment Tool can be used to evaluate a data center and IT portfolio against the DCMM, get access to a personal DCMM equalizer, and obtain benchmarking results. Both a summary assessment (20-minute) and detailed assessment (45-minute) are available. Offered by The Green Grid.
Portfolio Manager is an interactive energy management tool that allows users to track energy and water consumption of buildings in a secure online environment. The energy performance of a building is expressed on a 1-to-100 scale. A rating of 75 indicates the building performs better than 75% of all similar buildings. The energy performance ratings for data centers were released in 2010 and provide a valuable way to benchmark. More information on the ENERGY STAR Score for Data Centers is available here.
Based on environmental factors and variables related to cooling infrastructure and IT energy use, this tool calculates potential savings attributable to the use of free cooling. Offered by The Green Grid.
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) houses information on the financial incentives available for efficient data center equipment. The DSIRE database can be searched or filtered to access the relevant information. To see the list of programs with a data center offering, click the Programs tab from the main header then Apply Filter. Filter by Technology>Energy Efficiency>Other>Data Center Equipment.
The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE)'s Data Centers and Business IT Program Summary provides a downloadable Excel spreadsheet of the data center incentives that CEE members offer. CEE members include investor-owned or municipal utilities, state or provincial energy offices, government agencies, and nonutility program administrators.