Data Centers & Servers Initiative


This Initiative identifies and recommends program strategies that increase the energy efficiency of data centers and servers by facilitating the industry’s collective understanding of key market players and industry motivations. In order to meet the challenges of providing well-informed and effective energy efficiency solutions, members collaboratively build a collective understanding of market opportunities, develop consensus metrics and definitions, and identify replicable program approaches that generate additional energy savings beyond those resulting from the data center industry’s efforts alone.


According to a recent DOE report server closets, server rooms, and localized data centers accounted for approximately 25 billion kWh/y in 2014, or 35.7% of total data center energy consumption.

Members reached consensus on high-level barriers to efficiency in embedded data centers (EDCs). It also identified a need to better understand decision making in EDCs in order to overcome these persistent barriers and influence decisions for efficiency. In 2016 CEE members seek a better understanding of this area.

Members also identified a joint need for information on server power management tools. Through CEE, research and samples of these tools were distributed internally to inform members about currently available implementation products.

“The CEE Forum website is essential; I rely on the documents and presentations for data centers to keep track of what is going on in the United States and Canada and apply relevant information to our programs.”Patrick Roy, Natural Resources Canada

Reducing IT energy consumption impacts other energy intensive end uses. The graph illustrates the cascading effect of reduced IT energy consumption on the other energy end uses in the data center. In this example, one watt saved at the processor saves an additional 1.84 watts throughout the rest of the data center. This illustrates the importance of optimizing IT resources to the overall energy efficiency of the data center.

Data Source:
Energy Logic, accessed January 25, 2015

Over the past year, the Data Centers and Servers Committee investigated energy savings opportunities associated with improving server use. As noted in the graph, improving server use has significant impact on IT energy productivity.

Data Source:
Mark Aggar, “The IT Energy Efficiency Imperative,” p. 4, Microsoft Corporation, June 2011, accessed January 25, 2015

How to Participate

Participation requirements will be determined along with the Board’s adoption of specific Initiative components.


Alliant Energy—Iowa

Alliant Energy—Wisconsin

Ameren Illinois

Ameren Missouri

Arizona Public Service

Avista Utilities

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

BC Hydro

Black Hills Energy—Colorado

Black Hills Energy—Iowa

Bonneville Power Administration

California Energy Commission

California Institute for Energy and Environment

City of Palo Alto Utilities

City of Roseville—Roseville Electric

Commonwealth Edison Company

Consolidated Edison Company

Duke Energy

Efficiency Vermont

Energy Trust of Oregon


Focus on Energy—Wisconsin


Hawaii Energy

Hydro One


Idaho Power

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

MidAmerican Energy

Minnesota Department of Commerce

National Grid

Natural Resources Canada

New Jersey Clean Energy Program

New Jersey Natural Gas

New York Power Authority

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance


Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco)

PPL Electric Utilities—Pennsylvania

PSEG Long Island

Puget Sound Energy

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Salt River Project

Seattle City Light

Silicon Valley Power

Snohomish County PUD

Southern California Edison

Tacoma Power

Tennessee Valley Authority

United Illuminating

Xcel Energy