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Resources on Data Center Energy Efficiency

Many helpful resources about data center energy efficiency are available. Read an overview of FEMP’s data center program.

Center for Expertise

  • Center for Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), and Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL) website dedicated to facilitating a transformational change within the data center industry toward the more efficient use of energy. The faculty of the Center of Expertise do this by providing the know-how to apply existing energy efficiency best practices and technologies to enterprise data center owners and operators.

Case Studies


  • Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Program: DOE, through LBNL, partnered with professional training organizations serving the IT industry to offer DCEP training, which aims to accelerate energy savings in the dynamic and energy-intensive marketplace of data centers. This class provides the knowledge and skills to perform accurate assessments that will lead to energy efficiency improvement projects within data centers. Students may opt to have their proficiency certified by DOE through an examination.

  • Advanced HVAC in High-Tech Buildings–Data Centers: This eTraining course covers the best known methods for reducing energy-intensity of data centers by utilizing server-virtualization, optimizing the temperature within a data center, selecting energy-efficient cooling options and many other efficiency opportunities. Participants can earn IACET continuing education units (CEUs) following successful completion of this course.

  • Labs, Data Centers, and High-Tech Facilities: First Thursday Seminar outlines Executive Order 13514 requirements and best practices for improving the energy and environmental performance of Federal laboratories, data centers, and high-tech facilities. Participants can earn IACET CEUs following successful completion of this seminar.

  • Achieving Energy-Efficient Data Centers with New ASHRAE Thermal Guidelines: First Thursday Seminar explores energy and HVAC control strategies, with an emphasis on reliability and best practices related to the ASHRAE 9.9 Data Centers Class guidelines for controlling temperature, and air volume in high-intensity data centers. Participants can earn IACET CEUs following successful completion of this seminar.

Metrics and Benchmarking

Best Practices

Power Supplies

Servers and Storage

Cooling Systems