Energy Efficiency in Data Centers

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In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget's Smart Cloud Strategy and M-16-19 Memorandum, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) encourages agencies and organizations to improve data center energy efficiency. To help them construct and maintain energy-efficient data centers, FEMP provides a variety of publications, tools, and training opportunities. 

Read about FEMP's data center energy efficiency activities and resources.

Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers (CoE)

The U.S. Department of Energy-led CoE demonstrates national leadership in decreasing the energy use of data centers. Through the supply of technical support, tools, best practices, analyses, and the introduction of technologies, CoE assists federal agencies and other organizations implement data center energy efficiency projects. The CoE partners with key public and private stakeholders to further efficiency efforts.

The CoE website contains key resources for identifying, analyzing, and implementing energy efficiency measures in data centers, including:

Search the COE for additional resources on data center efficiency.

Better Buildings Challenge and Accelerator

Data centers offer a tremendous opportunity for energy and cost savings. Data center energy consumption can be reduced by 20% to 40% by applying best management energy-efficiency measures and strategies. FEMP invites data center operators from federal, public, and private organizations to join the Better Buildings Challenge to showcase their solutions and share progress made toward greater energy efficiency. Partners will receive technical assistance, opportunities to network with like-minded leaders, and recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy. There are two ways to participate:

  • Better Buildings Challenge: Organizations participating in the Better Buildings Challenge commit to improving building and industrial efficiency by 20% or more over 10 years.
  • Data Center Accelerator: Organizations participating in the Data Center Accelerator commit to reducing the infrastructure energy intensity of one or more of their data centers by 25% over a period of five years.

What Success Looks Like

Read case studies about agencies that have successfully constructed energy-efficient data centers on the COE and FEMP websites.

Need Assistance?

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Rachel Shepherd | U.S. Department of Energy | 202-586-9209

Dale Sartor | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | 510-486-5988