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PG&E Forming Coalition to Address Energy-Efficiency Programs for Data Centers.

ENERGY RESOURCE-6 February 2007-PG&E Forming Coalition to Address Energy-Efficiency Programs for Data Centers(C)2007 JeraOne -

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is leading the formation of a nationwide coalition of utilities to discuss and coordinate energy efficiency programs for the high tech sector, focusing on data centers.

Data centers can use up to one hundred times the energy per square foot of typical office space, so the energy efficiency opportunities are significant, said the California utility. PG&E has already undertaken coordination efforts with Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric so that program offerings are consistent across the state, and said it is now reaching out to utilities in key markets across the country.

"The Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, and Northeast are on the top of our list, because these areas have the greatest concentrations of data centers," said Mark Bramfitt, High Tech Segment Manager for PG&E.

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), TXU Energy, Austin Energy, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and NSTAR, have all signed on to the coalition.

"A customer choosing from our menu of programs, which include cooling system improvements, high-efficiency power conditioning equipment retrofits, airflow management tune-ups, virtualization, and replacement of computing and data storage equipment with the latest technologies can generally drive a third to as much as half of the energy use out of their operations," according to Bramfitt.

PG&E offers a comprehensive portfolio of program and service offerings for the high tech sector and was the first to offer incentives for virtualization and server consolidation, a program that is prompting customers to remove underutilized computing equipment using virtualization technology.

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