How to improve data center energy usage

“Data centers are notoriously energy intensive, but business can take many different measures to reduce such energy usage, including using a containment system, virtualizing servers and storage and simply turning off idle equipment. According to research from the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), data centers already consume more than 3% of the world’s total electricity and…

As concern grows over bitcoin’s energy use, what’s next for cryptocurrency?

“Most anywhere else, his power demand for mining would have gone unnoticed. But Bowman runs Plattsburgh BTC, and the small city in upstate New York has improbably become the front line in a growing energy debate. Here’s the issue: Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency begun in 2009 that leverages blockchain technology in order to operate without…

How California builders are adapting to state’s super-strict energy mandates

Weston is Pardee’s first master-planned community to offer solar for purchase or lease on every single home. This feature foreshadows a significant change in California’s building code, going into effect in 2020, that will make the state the first in the nation to mandate all new homes are net zero ready, meaning they’re built to…

Buildings and the Grid 101: Opportunities and challenges from HVAC, water heating, and appliances

“At the core of the technology being developed in the HVAC, Water Heating, and Appliance subprogram is the capability of the equipment to be responsive and dispatchable to both the electrical and gas grids while still providing occupant comfort. This subprogram is focused on developing energy-efficient equipment and components that are able to receive these…
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