The U.S. government is one of the world’s biggest data center users, with an estimated 2,000 government-owned centers housing governmental agencies and departments IT.
In recent years, Congress has re-evaluated their efforts by focusing their attention on the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, which kicked off in 2010. FDCCI has gone through many stages of refinement, and agencies it applies to have achieved varying degrees of success.
While the FDCCI and other related application-centered infrastructure optimization efforts address redundancy, they don’t directly address energy efficiency of existing government data centers, according to this article from www.datacenterknowledge.com.
Because of this, Congress seeks to write federal data center energy efficiency improvements into law.
Representative Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), whose district encompasses much of the Silicon Valley, has been pursuing a law that would require government data center operators to improve energy efficiency for more than two years, the article explains.
If enacted, the bill would mandate governmental agencies to develop plans to buy and use more energy efficient technologies and report on efficiency improvements in their data centers on a regular basis. It would also require creation of an “open data initiative” to collect and make public federal data center energy usage data – a controversial topic.