Archive for October 19th, 2009

Energy Efficiency Study: 4.7 Million Servers Globally Wasting $25bn a Year
Three Quarters of Server Managers Polled Believe One Sixth of Their Servers are not Doing any Useful Work

1E, a leading provider of software and services which reduce organizations’ IT costs and environmental footprint, today announced the results of an independent global study of server managers. The study, conducted by Kelton Research, commissioned in association with the Alliance to Save Energy, revealed that the world’s largest IT departments have millions of servers that are not doing anything useful.

“Contrary to popular belief, one of the largest causes of energy and IT operational waste in data centers are servers that are simply not being used. The savings from decommissioning non-productive servers cannot be ignored. Organisations need better information on server efficiency and more effective ongoing server energy management.” comments Sumir Karayi, CEO, 1E.

“At 1E, we have always looked at IT inefficiency as an opportunity for innovation. Nearly 10 years ago we pioneered PC Power Management and have since saved our clients over $300m in energy costs alone. We are delighted to share our latest research findings on server energy and efficiency with you and hope that the results provoke action. We are also pleased to announce NightWatchman Server Edition, which addresses the issues highlighted,” concludes Karayi.The key findings from the 1E/Alliance to Save Energy study are:

- 15% or more servers are not doing anything useful according to 72% of server managers
- Over eight in ten (83%) admit that they do not have an adequate grasp of server utilization- 72% of server managers polled admitted that they rely on CPU utilization as their measure of server efficiency. (Note: a CPU is busy whether the server is providing a service to the business or doing routine maintenance tasks which provide no business value)
- 63% rely on manual checks, trial and error or wait until something is broken to find unused servers
- 65% have virtualized unused servers and almost one in three (32%) state that they are actively seeking a solution to virtual server sprawl
- 41% are concerned about and a further 43% are using change control procedures or software to manage virtual server sprawl, a phenomenon where a disproportionate number of virtual servers have low or zero utilization
- 75% admit that their company’s mandate to deliver high levels of IT service internally get in the way of measuring and improving server efficiency

“With U.S. data center energy consumption at an all time high, it’s only logical that we reconsider how we are using IT resources. An unnecessary amount of data servers are „plugged in’ 24/7 in an age when power-saving tools are available to businesses. Faced with a fast-moving regulatory environment – including the U.S. climate bill, pending EPA data center initiatives and the upcoming climate talks in Copenhagen – the U.S. IT sector may soon be under greater scrutiny for its power consumption. We’ll want to say ahead of the curve and make smart, energy-efficient changes where we can,” says Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy.The study of global server managers was conducted by Kelton Research in September 2009.


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Energy Efficiency Study: 4.7 Million Servers Globally Wasting $25bn a Year
Three Quarters of Server Managers Polled Believe One Sixth of Their Servers are not Doing any Useful Work

1E, a leading provider of software and services which reduce organizations’ IT costs and environmental footprint, today announced the results of an independent global study of server managers. The study, conducted by Kelton Research, commissioned in association with the Alliance to Save Energy, revealed that the world’s largest IT departments have millions of servers that are not doing anything useful.

“Contrary to popular belief, one of the largest causes of energy and IT operational waste in data centers are servers that are simply not being used. The savings from decommissioning non-productive servers cannot be ignored. Organisations need better information on server efficiency and more effective ongoing server energy management.” comments Sumir Karayi, CEO, 1E.

“At 1E, we have always looked at IT inefficiency as an opportunity for innovation. Nearly 10 years ago we pioneered PC Power Management and have since saved our clients over $300m in energy costs alone. We are delighted to share our latest research findings on server energy and efficiency with you and hope that the results provoke action. We are also pleased to announce NightWatchman Server Edition, which addresses the issues highlighted,” concludes Karayi.The key findings from the 1E/Alliance to Save Energy study are:

- 15% or more servers are not doing anything useful according to 72% of server managers
- Over eight in ten (83%) admit that they do not have an adequate grasp of server utilization- 72% of server managers polled admitted that they rely on CPU utilization as their measure of server efficiency. (Note: a CPU is busy whether the server is providing a service to the business or doing routine maintenance tasks which provide no business value)
- 63% rely on manual checks, trial and error or wait until something is broken to find unused servers
- 65% have virtualized unused servers and almost one in three (32%) state that they are actively seeking a solution to virtual server sprawl
- 41% are concerned about and a further 43% are using change control procedures or software to manage virtual server sprawl, a phenomenon where a disproportionate number of virtual servers have low or zero utilization
- 75% admit that their company’s mandate to deliver high levels of IT service internally get in the way of measuring and improving server efficiency

“With U.S. data center energy consumption at an all time high, it’s only logical that we reconsider how we are using IT resources. An unnecessary amount of data servers are „plugged in’ 24/7 in an age when power-saving tools are available to businesses. Faced with a fast-moving regulatory environment – including the U.S. climate bill, pending EPA data center initiatives and the upcoming climate talks in Copenhagen – the U.S. IT sector may soon be under greater scrutiny for its power consumption. We’ll want to say ahead of the curve and make smart, energy-efficient changes where we can,” says Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy.The study of global server managers was conducted by Kelton Research in September 2009.


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Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments

From the U.S. Department of Energy’s introduction to the guide:

The U.S. Department of Energy developed this comprehensive resource to assist local governments and stakeholders in building sustainable local solar markets. The guide introduces a range of policy and program options that have been successfully field tested in cities around the country. The guide describes each policy or program, followed by more information on:

•Benefits: Identifies benefits from implementing the policy or program.
•Implementation Tips and Options: Outlines various tips and options for designing and implementing the policy or program.
•Examples: Highlights experiences from communities that have successfully implemented the policy or program.
•Additional References and Resources: Lists additional reports, references, and tools that offer more information on the topic, where applicable.


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$25 Billion for Imported Oil — In One Month!


That is correct — not million but billion, not in one year but in one month! That is how much the US spent on imported oil in September 2009.

For those concerned about the US economy or national security risks, T. Boone Pickens and data from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) show us that foreign oil imports should be at the top of our list. We rely very heavily on foreign oil and send a good chunk of our money to other countries to supply us with that oil — $25 billion last month alone!

Take a closer look.

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StormFisher to electrify veggie and fruit scraps from 47 Loblaw stores

Hopefully this will set the standard for grocery stores across Ontario and the rest of Canada. StormFisher Biogas has signed a deal with grocery chain Loblaws, which will send organic trimmings from 47 of its stores across southwestern Ontario to a StormFisher facility. StormFisher will then use its anaerobic digestion systems to convert the waste into biogas, and then burn the biogas to generate electricity that will be sold onto the provincial grid under the feed-in tariff program. That program pays between 10.4 and 16 cents per kilowatt-hour, depending on the size of the facility. StormFisher expects operation will begin in 2010.

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Could ultracaps be our energy-storage saviour?

My Clean Break column today is a bit of an update on ZENN Motor, the potential of EEStor’s EESU, and an interesting comment about EEStor from Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, who before becoming an entrepreneur had plans to enroll in engineering graduate studies and focus on ultracapacitors for vehicles. I also mention some interesting work on ultracapacitor materials being done at Queen’s University in Kingston, and talk about a new ultracapacitor bus operating in Shanghai that will be demonstrated Wednesday in Washington, D.C. (for another more detailed article on the ultracap bus check out this Technology Review article).

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First Light solar project in Ontario one of many to come

I’ve posted before on SkyPower and SunEdison project First Light, a 9.1 megawatt PV farm near Kingston, Ontario. But just wanted to point out one of my more recent articles on solar parks in Ontario, and provide a link to a short video clip of the First Light site.

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Canada’s Largest Solar Farm Opens in Ontario
TORONTO – October 19, 2009 – Canada’s largest solar farm is now producing power in the township of Stone Mills, near Napanee – paving the way for Ontario to become a solar power leader in North America.


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Carnegie Selects Site for Wave-Energy Demonstration
Carnegie Wave Energy Ltd. announced plans to build a commercial-scale wave-energy plant at Garden Island, 31 miles south of Perth, Australia.
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Philippines’ PNOC Seeks Partners for 11 Mini-Hydro Projects
PNOC Renewables Corp., a subsidiary of the state-run Philippine National Oil Co., is looking for partners to develop at least 11 mini-hydropower projects with a combined capacity of up to 300 MW.
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Wind Energy Finance Workshop Sheds Light on Complex Landscape
The wind industry cranked up its visibility a few notches this week when AWEA held its Wind Energy Finance & Investment Workshop in New York City, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed Wednesday, October 14 Wind Energy Day.
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Wind Energy Finance Workshop Sheds Light on Complex Landscape
The wind industry cranked up its visibility a few notches this week when AWEA held its Wind Energy Finance & Investment Workshop in New York City, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed Wednesday, October 14 Wind Energy Day.
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US Army Selects Acciona for 500-MW CSP Project
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has selected Acciona Solar Power and the Clark Energy Group to develop a large-scale solar energy project at the Fort Irwin military complex, located in the Mojave Desert, California. The base is the U.S. Army’s largest training ground and also houses NASA’s Goldstone Deep Space Communications center.
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OU Spirit Wind Farm Agreement Reached

OU Spirit Wind Farm Agreement Reached
OG&E has reached a settlement agreement on its application for approval of the OU Spirit wind farm pending before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The company, OCC staff, office of the state Attorney General, Oklahoma Industrial Energy Consumers and OG&E Shareholders Association all agreed to ask the Commission to approve settlement terms, which authorize OG&E to begin recovering the costs of the new wind farm when it goes into production and assigns to OG&E’s customers the proceeds from of the sale of renewable energy credits to the University of Oklahoma.
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