SOURCE: Silicon Valley Leadership Group

June 26, 2008 14:52 ET

Silicon Valley Leadership Group Documents Innovative Data Center Energy Saving Projects That Could Rein in Power Usage on Track With Best-Case Scenarios

First Annual Data Center Energy Summit Delivers 17 Silicon Valley 'Green Computing' Case Studies, Expert Analysis, and New Report Documenting Energy Savings

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - June 26, 2008) - DATA CENTER ENERGY SUMMIT 2008 -- The Silicon Valley Leadership Group today released a preliminary report in conjunction with Accenture and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) documenting real-world data center energy savings from 17 projects in its Energy Efficient Data Center Demonstration Project, equaling the elimination of up to 45.1 million metric tons of CO2, or the equivalent of removing approximately 8 million cars from the road. The report projects a scenario that could cut U.S. data center power usage on track with best case scenarios published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last August.

The report ( documents 11 real-world technology initiatives and 17 case studies performed over the past 16 months by data center operators, technology providers, and policy experts in conjunction with the Leadership Group's Energy Efficient Data Center Demonstration Project.

The results were released today at the Leadership Group's first Data Center Energy Summit, an all-day symposium dedicated to sustainable data center design, energy efficient engineering, and operational practices for green computing.

"The Silicon Valley Leadership Group's Data Center Demonstration Project answered the call-to-action put out by the EPA last year in their report to Congress,'' said Ray Pfeifer, chair of the Leadership Group's Demonstration Project. "They estimated that data centers accounted for 1.5 percent of the electricity used in the U.S. -- the equivalent to all the power consumed by the nation's television sets -- and called on public and private entities to work collaboratively on energy efficiency. The report published today documents both innovative ideas for data center energy efficiency and real, measured savings done here in Silicon Valley, so others can run with these ideas."

The Leadership Group's report includes specific results from each of the Silicon Valley case studies with side-by-side comparisons of the energy savings. It revisits data center energy usage projections from the 2007 EPA report (, and defines and analyzes a new scenario for cutting data center power, built from the combined initiatives documented in this report.

The results of 11 "green data center" initiatives are being presented live today at the Data Center Energy Summit 2008 by data center operators from organizations such as Digital Realty Trust, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NetApp, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, Synopsys, the U.S. Postal Service, and Yahoo! These data center operators were supported by technology partners such as APC, Cassatt, IBM, Liebert, Modius, Power Assure, PowerSmiths, SprayCool, Rittal, and SynapSense, which provided their energy-efficient IT and data center infrastructure technologies for several of the case studies and demonstration projects.

The Data Center Demonstration Project is notable for the cooperation between Silicon Valley companies, some of whom are competitors, and for the public and private sector collaboration on energy savings.

Today's event features an interactive panel discussion with Teri Takai, chief information officer (CIO) for the State of California, and with CIOs from several leading Silicon Valley companies, including Bob Worrall, Sun Microsystems; David Thompson, Symantec; and Tayloe Stansbury, VMware.

"Accenture is honored to be given the responsibility by the Leadership Group and Berkeley Labs to author the consolidated report, whose key findings are significant since they quantify the real savings enterprises can achieve by using a set of green computing technologies. We expect the report to elevate the discussion to the next level by showing what happens when the best set of solutions of the 11 technologies studied are combined," said Teresa Tung, senior researcher and Ph. D., Accenture Technology Labs. "And we're very hopeful these findings hold the potential to influence green regulation and certification currently taking shape."

Data Center Energy Summit 2008 is a Silicon Valley Leadership Group event in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Data Center Energy Summit 2008 has been supported by Accenture, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Silicon Valley Power, and Sun Microsystems. For more information about the Summit, please visit

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents 260 of Silicon Valley's most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality, and the environment. Leadership Group members collectively provide more than 250,000 local jobs, one of every four private sector jobs in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit or call (408) 501-7853.

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