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Iron Mountain GHG Emissions Cuts Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
Iron Mountain
Date: 2020-05-15
Boston-based information management and storage specialist Iron Mountain Inc. reports it has cut its GHG emissions by 52 pct surpassing its original science-based target of 25 pct reduction by 2025.

The company is also on track to meeting its RE100 commitment of sourcing 77 pct of global electricity supply from wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources. The company also recently launched the Green Power Pass program to certify that 100 pct of the energy customers use at Iron Mountain's data centers comes from renewable sources and help businesses achieve their own emissions goals. (Source: Iron Mountain, Env. Energy Leader, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Iron Mountain Incorporated, (800) 899-4755,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG. Carbon Emissions,  

TVA Announces First Solar, Origis Energy Solar Projects (Ind Report)
Tennessee Valley Authority,First Solar, Origis Energy
Date: 2020-04-29
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) reports the selection of First Solar and Origis Energy to develop 212 MWAC of solar power to fulfill the Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) March 2020 commitment to new renewable energy. KUB is using the TVA Green Invest program to produce carbon-free energy equivalent to 8 pct of KUB's annual electric load.

As part of the initiative, TVA has entered into a 20-year PPA with the 177-MW Ridgely Energy Farm in Lake County, Tennessee, developed by First Solar. With this agreement, TVA has now contracted for a total of 404 MW of First Solar developed projects, including an existing 20-year PPA for the 227-MW project in Muscle Shoals.

The KUB project marks a 60 pct increase in TVA's operating and contracted solar capacity since the start of fiscal year 2020. In March, TVA announced a contract with Origis Energy to develop a 200-MW solar site in Lowndes County, Mississippi, for TVA, with 35 MW of this facility supporting KUB's Green Invest purchase.

TVA modeled Green Invest after work with Facebook and Google, beginning in 2018, to identify new renewable energy solutions for data centers locating in the region. Green Invest program leverages long-term agreements to build new, large-scale renewable energy installations through a competitive bid process. (Source: TVA, PR, April, 2020) Contact: TVA, Doug Perry, VP Commercial Energy Solutions, (865) 632-2101,,; Origis Energy,; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315,,

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Energy Efficiency, Costs Top Data Center Concerns (Int'l Report)
Data Center
Date: 2020-04-10
In the UK, a recent survey of data center professionals by London-based Secure I.T. Environments Ltd, a designer and builder of modular and containerized data centers, has revealed 46 pct of survey respondents cited reducing energy costs as their focus while 39 pct were focused on improving energy efficiency as priorities for 2020.

The poll was conducted across 123 respondents at the 11th and 12th March 2020 Data Centre World event in London. (Source: Secure I.T. Environments Ltd., , Information Technology, April, 2020) Contact: Secure I.T. Environments Ltd., Chris Wellfair, Projects Director, +44 1983 885182

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Energy Efficiency, Costs Top Data Center Concerns (Ind. Report)
Secure I.T. Environments
Date: 2020-04-08
In the UK, a new poll of IT and data center professionals from data center specialist Secure I.T. Environments Ltd. found that 46 pct of survey participants were focused on cutting energy costs and 39 pct were concerned with improving energy efficiency.

The poll also found cloud services and high performance computing were joint top concerns at 27 pct followed by incorporating 5G technology and artificial intelligence at 24 pct.

The poll was conducted at Data Centre World 2020 on the 11th and 12th March 2020 with 123 respondents. (Source: Secure I.T. Environments, Information Technology, 7 April, 2020) Contact: Secure I.T. Environments Chris Wellfair, +44 1983 885182,

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DOE Announces $300Mn for Sustainable Transport R&D (R&D, Funding)
Date: 2020-01-27
The US DOE has announced three separate funding opportunities totaling nearly $300 million for sustainable transportation fuels, resources and technologies R&D.

Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the three FOAs will be issued on behalf of the three transportation offices: Vehicle, Fuel Cells, and Bioenergy Technology Offices. Brief summaries of the FOAs follow:

  • FY20 Vehicles Technologies Office (VTO) Multi-Topic FOA ($133M) -- Issued on behalf of DOE's VTO , topic areas within this FOA address priorities in advanced batteries and electrification; advanced engine and fuel technologies, including technologies for off-road applications; lightweight materials; new mobility technologies (energy efficient mobility systems), and alternative fuels technology demonstrations.

  • H2@Scale New Markets FOA ($64M) -- Issued on behalf of DOE's Fuel Cells Technologies Office (FCTO), topic areas within this FOA advance DOE's H2@Scale initiative. This investment will support innovative hydrogen concepts that will encourage market expansion and increase the scale of hydrogen production, storage, transport, and use, including heavy-duty trucks, data centers and steel production.

  • FY20 Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Multi-Topic FOA ($100M) -- Issued on behalf of DOE's BETO, topic areas within this FOA support the U.S. bioeconomy by reducing the price of drop-in biofuels, lowering the cost of biopower, and enabling high-value products from biomass or waste resources.(Source: USDOE, 25 Jan, 2020) Contact: US DOE BETO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuels,  Bioenergy,  DOE BETO,  DOE EERE,  

  • ASHRAE Releases Updated Data Center Energy Standard (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-12-13
    ASHRAE has released a revised version of its energy standard for data centers. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 90.4-2019, Energy Standard for Data Centers, establishes the minimum energy-efficiency requirements for data center design and operation, with special consideration to their unique load requirements compared to other buildings.

    Standard 90.4 applies to data centers with a conditioned floor area greater than 20 W/ft2 and IT equipment loads greater than 10 kW and contains specific requirements for mechanical and electrical systems installed in new data centers or in data center additions/alterations that require new mechanical or electrical systems. Updates to the standard include:

  • Mechanical efficiency requirements based on yearly energy calculations and no longer include a power calculation option. Included table values are also aligned with the newest ASHRAE Climate Zones

  • Significant improvements are made to uninterruptible power supply (UPS) technology. Mechanical and electrical infrastructure elements are addressed. Updated UPS segment tables reflect available hardware, and average outputs are also included. (Source: ASHRAE, PR, 11 Dec., 2019)Contact: ASHRAE, Sheila Hayter, Pres, (404) 636-8400, More Low-Carbon Energy News ASHRAE,  Data Center,  Energy Efficiency,  

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  • HPE, NREL Collaborate on Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Hewlett Packard ,NREL
    Date: 2019-11-20
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) reports they will collaborate with the US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on the development of water and energy efficiency software for data centers.

    HPE expects the three-year collaboration to train machine learning models to detect anomalies so that energy efficiency issues can be predicted and prevented. (Source: HPE, Storage Review, 18 Nov., 2019) Contact: HPE,; NREL,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hewlett Packard,  Energy Efficiency,  NREL ,  

    GE Renewable, Google Ink Swedish Wind PPA (Int'l Report)
    GE Renewable Energy,WindSpace A/S,
    Date: 2019-10-07
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting a PPA with Google under which it will sell the majority of the energy generated by the Bjorkvattnet Onshore wind farm 290 miles north of Stockholm, to Google beginning in late 2020. The power will supply Google's data centers in the region.

    The Bjorkvattnet onshore wind farm has a generating capacity of 175 MW -- sufficient power 175,000 homes in Sweden.

    The project was developed by Vindparken and WindSpace. GE Renewable Energy provided development support, offtake solutions, technical and commercial optimization and equity syndication expertise. The wind facility was acquired by InfraVia European Fund IV, managed by InfraVia Capital. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Commercial Property Exec., 3 Oct., 2019)Contact: GE Renewable Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  

    House Advances Data Center Energy Efficiency Bill (Reg. & Leg.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-09-13
    In Washington, the U.S. House of Representatives is reported to have advanced the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act -- H.R. 1420 -- this week. If passed into law, H.R. 1420 would increase energy efficiency best practices and energy-saving technology at more than 2,000 federal data centers. The bi-partisan legislation was introduced by U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA).

    The bill would require the Office of Management and Budget to work with other federal agencies on the maintenance, purchase, use of energy efficient and energy saving information and communication technologies, practices, advanced metering infrastructure, new data center strategies and updates to information technology asset utilization levels. (Source: The Hill, Daily Energy, Various Media, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL),; Anna Eshoo (D-CA)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Data Center,  

    Chinese Data Center Emissions on the Rise (Int'l. Report)
    Greenpeace East Asia
    Date: 2019-09-11
    According to a report by Greenpeace and the North China Electric Power University, in 2018, China's data centers consumed just over 2 pct of the country's power production and produced 99 million metric tons of carbon dioxide -- equivalent of about 21 million cars on the road. Of the 44 data centers surveyed for the report, 39 were powered by coal fired electricity.

    The report predicts that within 5 years China's data center carbon emissions will spike from 99 million to 163 million metric tons -- the equivalent of 35 million vehicles.

    Download the Greenpeace East Asia Powering the Cloud: How China's Internet Industry Can Shift to Renewable Energy report HERE. (Source: Greenpeace East Asia, CNN, 10 Sept., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

    Wind to Power Akamai Technologies Dallas Data Center (Ind. Report)
    Akamai Technologies
    Date: 2019-05-08
    Cambridge, Mass.-based Akamai Technologies is reporting completion and upcoming startup of the Seymour Hills Wind Farm, in which the company invested. When fully operational, Akamai's aggregate Texas area data centre operations will be powered by 8 MW of renewable wind energy generated by the Seymour Hills Wind Farm in northwestern Texas.

    The wind farm is part of Akamai's commitment to source renewable energy for 50 pct of its global network operations by 2020.

    The Seymour Hills project, which is included in ERCOT, incorporates 12 wind turbines to generate 30 MW of energy. (Source: Akamai Technologies, telecompaper, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Akamai Technologies,

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    Microsoft Joins Climate Leadership Council (Ind. Report)
    Climate Leadership Council
    Date: 2019-05-03
    Following up on our 17th April coverage, Microsoft reports it has joined the Climate Leadership Council. The Climate Leadership Council was founded by former secretaries of state James Baker and George Shultz, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, BP, ExxonMobil, and Shell, General Motors and others. Membership includes 3500+ economists, 27 Nobel laureates and 15 former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers.

    According to the organization's website, The founding Members of the Climate Leadership Council believe that America needs a consensus climate solution that bridges partisan divides, strengthens our economy and protects our shared environment."

    The Council's carbon dividends solution embodies the conservative principles of free markets and limited government. It also offers an equitable, popular and politically-viable way forward, paving the way for a much-needed bipartisan climate breakthrough. The Council's carbon dividends program is based on four interdependent pillars:

  • A gradually rising and revenue-neutral carbon tax;
  • Carbon dividend payments to all Americans, funded by 100 pct of the revenue;
  • The rollback of carbon regulations that are no longer necessary; and
  • Border carbon adjustments to level the playing field and promote American competitiveness.

    Alongside a growing carbon tax, the Climate Leadership Council wants to rollback carbon regulations that are no longer necessary and pay these carbon taxes back to citizens in the form of dividends. The group also plans to push for rising carbon taxes in replacement of other climate legislation while protecting its members from historic climate damage payments, according to its website.

    Microsoft recently committed to a $15 per ton internal carbon tax and announced that its campus will soon be run with 100 pct carbon-free electricity. It also ramped up its data center plans to run on 70 pct renewable by 2023. (Source: Microsoft, Climate Leadership Council, WinBuzzer, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Climate Leadership Council,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  

  • TurnKey Internet gets additional hydropower in ReCharge NY program
    New York Power Authority
    Date: 2019-04-19
    Data Center and Cloud Hosting Solutions provider TurnKey Internet Inc is to receive 220kW of additional hydropower from Niagara Falls under New York State’s ReCharge NY program ReCharge NY is one of the signature economic development initiatives in New York State. Through the program, qualifying businesses statewide can access hydroelectric power that is specially allocated by the (NYPA). Companies receiving allocated power have made commitments such as remaining in the state, growing employment, expanding operations, and making significant local investments in their businesses.

    TurnKey Internet was originally granted hydroelectric power at the start of the ReCharge NY program in 2013, following the opening of TurnKey’s state-of-the-art, 100% green powered data center. Increased demand for online cloud services in recent years has come with tremendous growth for both TurnKey’s business and power needs. This growth led to additional job creation as well as significant local investments and was the foundation for the additional hydroelectric power awarded from the program. “TurnKey Internet The company was among 23 companies statewide that were granted the hydroelectricity under the program. (Source: Water Power & Dam Const., 16 April, 2019) Contact: Turnkey, Adam Wills, Pres., CEO, New York Power Authority

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    Microsoft Aiming for 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Redmond, Washington-based tech giant Microsoft reports the unveiling of new sustainability plans to shift its data centers to 75 pct renewable energy by 2023 rising to 100 pct within the next decade. The company is also launching a new initiative to encourage recycling of data center assets using artificial intelligence (AI) and other techniques.

    Additionally, Microsoft plans to nearly double its 2012 "internal carbon tax" to $15 per metric ton as part of the effort. The "internal carbon tax" is based on projected carbon emissions from each part of the company -- everything from carbon use in buildings to transportation. The tax produces about $30 million annually for a fund Microsoft uses to invest in energy improvements. The company also plans to join the Climate Leadership Council and advocate for carbon pricing nationwide as part of the new sustainability push. (Source: Microsoft, GeekWire, 16 April, 2019)

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    Amazon Announces New Data Center Wind Power Sources (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Internet retail giant Amazon's cloud computing platform Amazon Web Services (AWS) is reporting new three wind projects as part of its goal to power its entire web services infrastructure with renewable energy. The three new wind projects will power AWS data centres in Ireland, Sweden, and the US.

    AWS will purchase the output of a new 91.2MW project in Donegal, Ireland, expected to be online by the end of 2021. AWS will also purchase 91MW of power from a new wind farm in Bäckhammar, Sweden, to deliver energy by the end of 2020. Thirdly, a wind project in California, US, will provide up to 47MW of wind power to AWS by the end of 2020. The names of the projects or developers have not been disclosed. The combined capacity of over 229MW, is expected to generate more than 670GWh annually. (Source: Amazon, Windpower, Others, 9 April, 2019)

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    Delta Adds Amerlux to Expand IoT Smart Buildings Solutions (M&A)
    Delta Electronics,Amerlux,
    Date: 2019-03-11
    Freement, California-based power and thermal management solutions and LED lighting specialist Delta Electronics, Inc. is reporting an agreement pursuant to which its subsidiary Delta Electronics (Netherlands) B.V. will acquire 100 pct of Amerlux's interests for $90 million. The transaction is expected to close during Q2, 2019.

    Delta has recently been enhancing its portfolio of smart green solutions to further the development of smart's portfolio of smart energy-saving systems and solutions includes: industrial automation, building automation, telecom power, data center infrastructure, EV charging, renewable energy, energy storage and display to nurture the development of smart manufacturing and sustainable cities. (Source: Delta, Mar., 2019) . Contact: Delta Electronics, Ping Cheng, CEO,,; Amerlux, Chuck Campagna, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amerlux,  Delta Electronics,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Smart Building,  ,  

    Google Seeks Wind-Powered Data Center Tax Breaks (Ind Report)
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Minnesota Public Radio reports Google has asked Sherburne County and the city of Becker, Minnesota, for a tax break on a proposed $600 million wind powered data center property in central Minnesota. The tax break would save the company up to $15 million.

    Xcel Energy, would dedicate two new wind farms to power the facility on land next to the Sherburne County Generating Station, a large, coal-fired plant where the Minneapolis-based utility plans to retire most of its generators. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is reviewing the agreements between Google and Xcel Energy. (Source: Economic Times, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy,

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    $1Bn Green Bond to Fund Verizon Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-02-13
    NYC-headquartered telecommunications giant Verizon Communications Inc. is reporting the issuance of $1 billion in green bonds , the proceeds of which will fund various sustainability initiatives including green buildings, energy efficiency, and other initiatives over a ten year period.

    Verizon recently implemented several strategies to increase energy efficiency in its larger wireless core data centers, including uninterruptible power supplies, high-efficiency motors, and whole-building control systems. The move is in keeping with the company's goal of sourcing 50 pct -- about 2,000 MW -- of its electric power usage from renewable generation by 2025. (Source: Verizon, Fierce Telecom, 11 Feb., 2019) Contact: Verizon, Jim Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Verizon,  Green Bond,  Energy Efficiency,  

    $1Bn Green Bond to Fund Verizon Energy Efficiency, Green Building Initiatives (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-02-11
    Verizon is reporting the issuance of $1 billion in green bonds, the proceeds from which will fund various sustainability initiatives including renewable energy, green buildings, energy efficiency, and other initiatives over a ten year period.

    Additionally, the company recently implemented strategies to increase energy efficiency in its larger wireless core data centers, including uninterruptible power supplies, high-efficiency motors, and whole-building control systems. The move is in keeping with the company's recently announced goal sourcing 50 pct -- about 2,000 MW -- of its electric power consumption from renewable generation by 2025. (Source: Verizon, Fierce Telecom, 11 Feb., 2019) Contact: Verizon, Jim Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond,  Energy Efficiency,  Verizon,  Green Building,  

    Schneider Elec. Launches Int'l Innovation Ventures Program (Int'l)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2019-02-04
    Global energy efficiency and management services company Schneider Electric is reporting the launch of Schneider Electric Ventures aimed at identifying, promoting and supporting innovation that can contribute to sustainability and energy efficiency in the future. The company has committed to invest between €300 and €500 million over the next years in incubation projects, partnerships with entrepreneurs and specialized funds. Some projects are already underway including six companies.

    Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the indisputable leader in Power Management -- Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. Schneider provides integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric,

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    Data Centers Not Prioritizing Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-12-21
    According to green tech producer Supermicro's just released Data Centers and the Environmentreport the majority of data center, IT managers lack a sense of urgency with regards energy efficiency and their operation' environmental footprints.

    The report notes that although 58 pct of the IT managers interviewed in the study are increasingly adopting or developing policies to address environmental issues almost half have yet to adopt an environmental policy and nearly a quarter have no intention of developing a p[policy in the future.

    The study respondents cited high costs, lack of resources and understanding as key factors preventing them from implementing environmental policies. Surprisingly, 50 pct of those asked did not know their Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) -- the ratio of total energy used by a data center facility to the energy delivered to the IT equipment -- is becoming one of the most popular metrics to calculate efficient energy usage. For those that are measuring PUE, 22 pct have an average PUE of 2.0 or higher, and 6 pct are in the average range between 1.0 and 1.19.

    Download the Supermicro Data Centers & The Environment report HERE. (Source: Supermicro, The Stack, Dec., 2018) Contact: Supermicro,

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    Facebook's Alabama Data Center Going 100 pct Solar (Ind. Report)
    First Solar Inc, NextEra Energy
    Date: 2018-11-05
    Social media giant Facebook is reporting First Solar Inc. and NextEra Energy will construct two solar projects totaling nearly 380MW of solar generation capacity in Alabama and Tennessee to supply a Facebook data center in Huntsville, Alabama. Terms and time lines have not been disclosed.

    The First Solar project in Colbert County, Alabama, will supply 227 MW, and the NextEra project in Lincoln County, Tennessee, will provide 150 MW, according to the TVA.

    Facebook has committed to run all its data centers and offices with 100 pct renewable energy by 2020. (Source: Facebook, Data Center Knowledge, 2 Nov., 2018) Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315,,; NextEra Energy Resources,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA,  First Solar ,  NextEra Energy,  

    Google Data Center Inks Finnish Wind Energy PPA (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-09-14
    Reuters is reporting IT juggernaut Google has signed a 10-year PPA for renewable energy from three new wind farms presently under construction in Finland. The combined capacity of the three farms will be 190 MW and will be built by renewable energy developers Neoen of France and Germany's CPC and WPD.

    Google's Finnish data centre is situated in a former paper mill built originally in the 1950s and uses water from the Baltic Sea for cooling. According to Google, the Finnish deal is the first where it is purchasing power from European projects that will not receive any government subsidies.(Source: Reuters, Gadgets 360, 12 Sept., 2018)

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    Facebook Inks 294MW Wind PPA in Norway (Int'l Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Social mega-media player Facebook reports the signing of a 15-year PPA for the entire output of the 294MW, Bjerkreim cluster of three Norwegian wind farms due to come online in late 2019.

    The €400 million ($469 million) Bjerkreim cluster will supply 1,000 GWh of electricity per year, enough to help offset the power used by Facebook's Nordic data centers in Odense, Denmark, and Lulea, Sweden.

    The Bjerkreim cluster incorporates 70, 4.2-MW Siemens wind turbines and is operated by Luxcara of Germany. Swedish utility Vattenfall will integrate the output into the Nordic grid, provide balancing services, and supply Facebook. The Bjerkreim deal is Facebook's largest single purchase of renewable energy and is Norway's largest wind project to date. (Source: Facebook, DataCenter Dynamics, 24 May, 2018)

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    Fairbanks Cuts Zayo Data Centers Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
    Fairbanks EnergyServices
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Hingham, Mass.-headquartered design/build energy conservation specialist Fairbanks Energy Services reports it has helped the Zayo Group reduce energy consumption and increase data center capacity with custom solutions at its zColo data centers in Atlanta, New York and Dallas.

    At the three data centers Fairbanks Energy installed building management systems(BMS) integrating all of the power and cooling systems, heat exchangers, automated valves and new pumps, dynamic airflow management, optimized hot aisle/cold aisle design with physical best practices to ensure air was being delivered to the racks with minimal mixing of hot and cold air streams. Temperature sensors were also installed, enabling the monitoring of the environment and control of CRAC units in real-time as the data center load and environmental conditions change.

    The energy efficiency impact includes 4.4 million annual kWh of savings . The data centers also reclaimed over 45 pct of stranded mechanical capacity and now has the ability to scale to over 150 watts per square feet while being N+1 compliant. (Source: Fairbanks Energy, PR, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Fairbanks Energy Services, Shannon Shea, (781)658-3266 x1006,,; Zayo Group, Jenny Gerson, Senior Director of Sustainability and Strategy, (800) 830-3305,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Data Center Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Fairbanks Energy Services,  

    Apple Claiming 100 pct Clean Energy Worldwide (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-04-13
    California tech giant Apple reports it has achieved a goal of "100 pct clean energy" for its retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries. Nine of Apple's manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier commitments to 23.

    According to an Apple statement, the company and its partners are building renewable energy projects around the world, including solar arrays and wind farms, as well as emerging technologies like biogas fuel cells, micro-hydro generation systems and energy storage technologies. The company added it has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, totaling 626 megawatts of generation capacity. It also has 15 more projects in construction. Once built, over 1.4 gigawatts of renewable energy generation will be spread across 11 countries. (Source: Apple, AFP, 10 April, 2018)

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    Stanford Data Center Lauded for Saving Energy (Ind. Report)
    Stanford Research Computing Center
    Date: 2018-03-02
    According to the US DOE ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance, the Stanford Research Computing Center (SRCC) uses nearly 40 pct less energy per square foot than the national median, prevents more than 1,300 metric tpy of GHGs and outperforms all similar buildings nationwide.

    The EPA recognition certifies that buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25 pct of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account occupancy, hours of operation and other key metrics. (Source: Stanford University Information Technologies, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Stanford Research Computing Center, Scott Prevost, Manager, (650) 721-4040,,; ENERGY STAR,

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    PNM Seeks Wind, Solar Approvals for Facebook Data Center (Ind. Report)
    Public Service Company of New Mexico
    Date: 2018-01-24
    In Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Journal is reporting New Mexico's largest electricity provider Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) is seeking state regulatory approval for power purchase agreements (PPAs) with two companies that would build new wind and solar farms to serve Facebook's new Los Lunas data center which is under construction south of Albuquerque.

    PNM is presently constructing three solar plants to supply the center's first two buildings, and has negotiated agreements with Avangrid Renewables and NextEra Energy Inc. to construct and operate two wind farms and a $75 million solar facility to meet the data center's added energy needs. The companies would sell the generated power to the utility for delivery. PNM is proposing Avangrid build a wind farm by 2020 east of Estancia in central New Mexico, and that NextEra constructs a $72 million wind farm before the year end. (Source: Public Service Company of New Mexico, Santa Fe New Mexican ,Albuquerque Journal, 20 Jan., 2018) Contact: Public Service Company of New Mexico, Pat O'Connell, Dir. Resource Planning, (505) 241-2700,; Avangrid Renewables, Laura Beane, CEO,; NextEra Energy Resources LLC, Zack Melda, Project Director, (561) 691-7171,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Avangrid Renewables ,  NextEra Energy,  Public Service Company of New Mexico,  Wind,  Solar,  Facebook,  

    Infomart Data Center Wins USGBC LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,Infomart Data Center
    Date: 2017-11-01
    Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale data center provider, reports its Portland, Oregon data center has achieved U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum® certification, the highest rating offered by the USGBC. The facility is the first data center in the state to win LEED certification.

    Infomart Portland achieved LEED Platinum certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The facility uses Direct Access rights to source hydro-electric power from the Bonneville Power Administration and has cut its CO2 emissions by 96 pct when compared to the national utility average. Infomart Portland claims a 99 pct efficient Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.16 in full economization mode, 100 pct aisle containment, and natural cooling methods to run the facility at least 70 pct of the year. (Source: Infomat Data Centers, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Informat Data Centers,; USGBC Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  

    PrimusPower, OSIsoft Tout Energy Storage Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-09-11
    Stationary energy storage systems specialist Primus Power reports it is partnering with San Leandro, California-based OSIsoft, LLC to integrate the PI System in the EnergyPod 2. The PI System is used by over 1,000 leading utilities, 95 percent of the largest oil and gas companies and increasingly in energy storage. With a five-hour duration and lab-certified 20-year life, PrimusPower's EnergyPod 2 delivers a total cost of ownership up to 50 pct less than conventional lithium-ion battery systems, according to a release.

    Primus Power's flow batteries are shipping to U.S. and international commercial/industrial, data center, microgrid, utility, and military customers. With technical innovations protected by 34 patents in 9 countries/regions, the Company's EnergyPod 2 systems offer reliability, modularity, and energy density at an industry-leading total cost of ownership, according to the company. (Source: Primus Power Corporation, PR, 11 Sept. 2017) Contact: Primus Power Corp., Janey Ward, (510) 342 -7648,,; OSIsoft,

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    World's Largest "Green" Data Center Planned for Norway (Int'l)

    Date: 2017-08-18
    Startup Kolos reports it plans to construct a "green" data center in the town of Ballangen, within the Norwegian Arctic Circle. The four-story, 600,000 sq/meter complex will use chilled air and local hydropower to help keep energy costs down. The data center will initially consume 70 MW of power but is expected to expand to 1,000 MW within 10 years. The project, which will be the largest green data center in the world, is expected to break ground late in 2018.

    Kolos recently raised "several million dollars" from a Series A funding round involving Norwegian investors and is now working with an unidenditfied US investment bank to secure the necessary remaining funds, according to the company. (Source: Kolos, BBC, ITPro, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: Kolos, Havard Lillebo, CEO ,,

    Houston Data Center Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,Houston Skybox One Data Center
    Date: 2017-07-28
    In the Lone Star State, the 96,129-square-foot purpose-built Houston Skybox One Data Center reports it has been awarded LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The facility is the only data center in Houston and one of a handful in Texas to receive the designation, according to a release.

    The building's LEED qualifying green features include: multiple rooftop solar arrays; guaranteed 100 pct renewable energy for individual occupants; an industry leading PUE rating, highlighting design efficiency for the Houston climate; an "evaporcool" system for improving mechanical efficiency; three times the rainwater detention required by code; and other energy efficiency equipment and features. The facility provides four private data halls and 54 MW of power. (Source: Houston Skybox One Data Center, ProudGreenBuilding, 27 July, 2017)Contact: Houston Skybox One Data Center,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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    Overstock HQ Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-07-19
    Overstock's 231,000-square-foot Peace Coliseum global headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, has been awarded LEED Gold Certification.

    Features contibuting to the LEED Gold Certification include the selection of a former EPA Superfund site as the location; installation of View Dynamic Glass to reduce energy costs; a heating and cooling system that uses variable refrigerant flow technology that transfers heat energy created from an onsite data center to heat the building; water-saving plumbing fixtures; fresh air intake monitoring system; sourcing one third of the facility's construction materials from within 500 miles; sourcing nearly one quarter of construction materials from recycled components; and adjacency to a commuter rail and other public transportation. (Source: Overstock, USGBC, HomeWorld Business, 18 July, 2017)Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500,; Overstock, (801) 947-3100,

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    Google, Enco Seal Second Data Center Solar PPA (Ind. Report)
    Google, Enco
    Date: 2017-07-12
    Internet giant Google and one of the Netherlands' leading electricity providers, Eneco Energy, are reporting the signing of their second PPA for Google's newest data center in Eemshaven, the Netherlands.

    The PPA is for 100 pct of the electricity produced by an Eneco Energy solar farm in Delfzijl, near Eemshaven. The 30 MW Sunpower Delfzijl solar park came online earlier this year. (Source: Google, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 10 July, 2017) Contact: Encon, +31 88 111 0600,

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    Google Euro Data Centers to Use Norwegian Wind Power (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-07-07
    IT giant Google reports it will use Norwegian wind power for at least one of its European data centers, beginning this Sept. Google will likely be using the wind power for at least one data center in Europe, it could also be used at multiple data centers in Belgium, Finland, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

    Google has a 12-year PPA for 100 pct of the power generated by the 50-turbine Tellenes Wind Farm. (Source: Google, 5 July, 2017)

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