US EPA EnergyStar for Servers Wants To Hear From YOU!

February 21, 2009 – 10:04 am

US EPA Needs you
US EPA EnergyStar wants to hear from you!

Uncle Sam, that is, the US EPA EnergyStar team working on new programs wants to hear from IT data centers for feedback and comments on new EnergyStar for server draft 4 specifications. (Read here for some background).

For those interested, here’s what’s what via a recent note I received from the EnergyStar folks:


Dear Server Manufacturer or Other Industry Stakeholder,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcomes your input on the attached Draft 4 ENERGY STAR® Version 1.0 Computer Server specification.  Also attached is the latest version of the Power and Performance Data Sheet, referenced in Section 3.C of the specification. 

Interested parties are encouraged to submit comments on the Draft 4 specification and Power and Performance Data Sheet to Rebecca Duff, ICF International, at [email protected] no later than March 20, 2009.  Manufacturers who wish to submit Idle performance data for Blade Servers should use the attached data collection sheet.  Questions regarding the data analyses can be sent to Arthur Howard, ICF International, at [email protected].   

Masked data sets used to derive proposed Draft 4 requirements will be available for download from the ENERGY STAR enterprise server specification development Web site at (Click on New Specifications in Development) within the next several days.  

Stakeholders with questions or concerns can also contact Andrew Fanara, EPA, at (206) 553-6377 or [email protected].

Andrew Fanara, U,S, EPA, at Data center Dynamics New York Event on March 4th
Andrew Fanara, U.S .EPA, will be available to discuss the latest Draft 4 specification and other ENERGY STAR initiatives at the upcoming 7th Annual New York Datacenter Dynamics Conference and Expo on March 4, 2009 at the Hilton on Avenue of the Americas. Datacenter Dynamics would like to offer a number of complimentary tickets to data center end users and operators that are working with EPA, DOE and NYSERDA to attend this event. 

EPA will participate in the session titled A Data Center Public Policy Discussion with DOE, EPA and NYSERDA along with:

  • Paul Scheihing, US DOE Industrial Technologies Program, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy – US DOE   
  • Sandy Hwang, LEED® AP – The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

More information, including the preliminary line-up of speakers for New York, can be found at:

The first 15 data center end users / operators that are working with the EPA, DOE, and/or NYSERDA, and are not already registered, and send their full contact details via email to [email protected] will receive a complimentary ticket to attend one of these events. Note: this offer is not available to vendor/services organizations; or to sales, business development or marketing personnel.


If you have an interest in servers or storage for that matter (that’s in the works as well), reach out to Andrew Fanara, Arthur Howard (AJ) and the rest of their team to learn more and give them your feedback. In my past conversations with both Andrew and AJ, they are a delight to talk with and don’t let the EPA or EnergyStar title fool you, both are technology and business minded smart and savvy folks who want to know more about your issues, concerns and how to enhance their programs.

Click on the above links to learn more.

There, you’ve been advised!

Cheers – gs