Utility & State Engagement

Utilities and state energy offices are critical partners in disseminating energy efficiency information, opportunities, and incentives for the marketplace. Utilities are well positioned to help data center customers realize significant energy and cost savings through the pursuit of energy efficient opportunities. This page provides resources on data center energy efficiency geared specifically towards utilities. It also provides as well as high level documents that can serve as a helpful starting point for utility management and data center operators alike. Resources include guidance on:

  • Educating customers on the vast energy savings opportunities in data centers
  • Providing implementation assistance
  • Understanding & designing effective customer-facing energy efficiency programs for data centers
  • Case studies and success stories



Maryland Energy Administration Announces Data Center Energy Efficiency Grant Program

Daniel Robinson, DOE (Originally published in the Better Buildings Beat Blog)

Good news for owners and operators of small data centers in Maryland! This summer, Maryland’s Energy Administration (MEA) announced the Data Center Energy Efficiency Grant Program (DCEEG), which awards grants from $20,000 to $200,000 for eligible energy efficiency projects in commercial, state/local government, or non-profit data centers located or being constructed in Maryland with an overall data center facility size of at least 2,000 square feet.

As a Better Buildings Challenge partner, the State of Maryland is continuing this program into its second yearas part of the state’s overall commitment to promote affordable, reliable, and clean energy. The program is designed to support Maryland’s robust and growing information technology sector by providing grants on a competitive basis to encourage the implementation of cost-effective energy efficiency measures in data centers. Program awards may cover up to 50 percent of total project costs after incentives.

Applications are due November 2; if there are remaining funds, the program will accept a second round of applications, due February 1, 2018.  MEA encourages applicants to use Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Center of Expertise on Energy Efficiency in Data Center’s (COE) DCPro to submit their Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) estimates.  Additional application details can be found on MEA’s Frequently Asked Questions page. For more information or assistance, applicants should contact DCEEG Pilot Program Manager Rory Spangler at 443-694-8007 or Rory.Spangler@Maryland.gov.

For additional guidance on reducing energy consumption in small data centers, please see the Better Buildings report, “Small Data Centers, Big Energy Savings: An Introduction for Owners and Operators."