In the US, the Maryland federal state government launched an energy efficiency pilot to help data centres improve their energy efficiency.According to Data Center Knowledge, the federal government through the Data Center Energy Efficiency Pilot Programme will provide data centers with grants to install energy efficiency and conservation technologies.
The state government is currently asking for proposals for participation in the pilot. The energy efficiency pilot is open for participation until the 2nd of November.
The grants will cover 50% of a project’s total costs by providing grants of between $20,000 and $200,000.
The energy efficiency pilot will focus on the installation of HVAC, lighting and building insulation appliances and technologies to help centers reduce energy bills.
According to Mary Beth Tung, the director of Maryland’s Energy Administration, the pilot is aimed at boosting the state’s energy efficiency market by supporting the development and adoption of innovation and supporting the region’s IT sector.
The programme is expected to help the region meet its energy efficiency targets, stabilise grid networks in line with growing power demand and help in the reduction of carbon emissions.
The project will provide funding to data centres wanting to deploy energy efficiency programmes set for completion by December 2019.
Energy efficiency in the US
The news follows a move made in early April by utility Consumers Energy to provide its customers in Michigan with some 150,000 energy efficient LED bulbs to help them reduce their energy usage and costs.
The energy distribution firm provided the LED bulbs via the ‘Light the Moment with Energy STAR Buy a Bulb, Give a Bulb’ campaign.
Under the campaign, Consumers Energy donated one LED bulb to the Feeding America West Michigan programme for every LED bulb purchased in participating retailers in the utility's service territory.
The programme is expected to help the utility to improve its customer services and sustain the reliability of grid network.
Commenting on the development, Theresa Schmidt, operations director of energy efficiency programmes for residential consumers at Consumers Energy, said: "This effort is part of our commitment to the communities and people we serve throughout the year."
In October 2016, Consumers Energy donated up to 75,000 energy efficient LED bulbs to its consumers under the campaign.
Consumers Energy claims that it has helped its consumers save over $1 billion in energy bills through energy efficiency programmes deployed since 2009.
The utility serves 6.7 million gas and electric consumers out of the 10 million residents in Michigan.