A new bill passed to encourage federal data centers to be more efficient. The bipartisan energy conservation bill, which passed easily in the house, includes provisions to federal data centers currently operating in the United States.
The legislation, authored by Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va), really worked hard to get this to pass. It aims to boost the energy conservation program with other programs such as the Tenant Star, which provides incentives to landlords and tenants who up their energy savings.
"I have long believed that energy efficiency is an area of common ground in this divided Congress,” Welch said during floor debate Tuesday on the bill.
“Saving energy creates jobs, saves money and improves the environment. We have disagreements on the causes of climate change and the best fuel mix to meet America’s energy demands, but we can all agree that using less is more.”
In a clear majority vote (375 to 36) the changes mean the Office of Management and Budget, the EPA, and the Department of Energy will have to develop standards for measuring data center performance, making sure they stay on top of adopting the latest in energy-saving technology, and power management tools to help them not only save power, but money as well.
"My legislation will save the federal government energy and money by requiring the use of energy-efficient and energy-saving technologies, specifically in federal data centers," Eshoo said in a statement, citing an estimate by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy that pegs cost savings from federal data center efficiency at $1.64 billion over 15 years.
This isn’t the first time this idea has hit the senate. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) introduced a version of the data center bill in the Senate last June, but it has seen no action. So now, with Welch and McKinley behind it, hopefully it will continue to help centers around the world save energy and ultimately save funds.
Edited by Cassandra Tucker