Energy Star for Computer Servers - It's Here!

EPA's Energy Star logoEnergy Star certification for computer servers has been in the works since 2007. Blogs, tweets, and articles have been prematurely announcing its release for the past couple of months, but we saw the first information trickle out of the EPA yesterday. And you can pick up a copy of the new requirements here.

A short item appeared on the Energy Star news page Monday afternoon:

"EPA announced new ENERGY STAR requirements for computer servers. Computer servers that earn the ENERGY STAR will be, on average, 30% more energy efficient than standard servers. This specification is effective immediately. If all servers sold in the United States meet this new specification, energy cost savings would grow to $800 million per year and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from over one million vehicles."

At the time of this post, the item's "More information" link takes you to its Enterprise Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency Initiatives page, which does not appear to have been updated since January 2009. The new spec is attached to this post and, hopefully, we'll be seeing a list of compliant products soon.