1E Study Finds That 87 Percent of Federal Agencies May Not Be Ready to Comply with Mandatory Energy Reduction Rules

Thomas McGrath
Thomas McGrath
Feb 17, 2011

Empowering energy efficiency & sustainability in Federal agencies

Energy and Server Efficiency Solutions Could Save Fed $6 Billion Over the Next Five Years; Research Suggests Federal Agencies’ Top Energy Management Priorities are Consolidating Hardware and Generating Internal Awareness

New York, NY (Vocus/PRWEB) February 16, 2011 1E, the global leader in IT efficiency software, today released the results of a recent study measuring federal agencies’ awareness of and ability to comply with energy management rules and regulations. The research indicates that only 13 percent of federal agency respondents were “definitely ready” to comply with mandatory energy reduction programs at the end of 2010.

“The federal government faces major budgetary challenges,” said Nick Milne-Home, president of 1E. “We are concerned that many federal agencies may not be aware of mandatory energy reduction programs, which should generate substantial savings for all. We estimate that federal agencies could save nearly $6 billion over the next five years in energy and server costs alone.”

The study found that more than a quarter of respondents think their federal agency is not required to comply with mandatory energy reduction programs. Basic awareness of programs varied – 50 percent were aware of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, 38 percent were aware of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Scorecards and 31 percent were aware of the Executive Order 13423 and Executive Order 13514. Meanwhile, twenty-three percent of respondents were unaware of any such programs.

Energy management strategies varied across respondent agencies, though consolidating hardware and generating awareness were top responses when asked about current energy management strategies. “This suggests that energy management is still in its infancy within federal agencies,” added Milne-Home. “Proven PC power management solutions like NightWatchman® from 1E have been available for several years and have saved commercial customers more than $550 million in energy costs to date. Comprehensive server efficiency solutions are also available, like NightWatchman Server Edition from 1E, which helps identify servers that are not doing useful work. 1E continues to lead the charge against excess in corporate IT, saving organizations $1 billion to date by improving IT efficiency. Our experience has taught us that server consolidation and awareness alone do not lead to lasting savings.”

Virtual server sprawl may be set to become a larger problem within federal agency data centers, as 58 percent of respondents were aware of the issue, yet 29 percent do not monitor their virtual servers’ performance to determine if those assets are doing useful work, or the tasks for which they were bought and provisioned. As many respondents indicated that their energy management strategy is to consolidate hardware, the survey suggests that underused virtual servers will become a greater cost drain on agencies if gone unchecked.

1E executed this research project in Q4 2010. Twenty-six respondents participated in the study, all of which worked within an IT role at a federal agency.

About 1E

1E believes that every one of its customers should expect more from their IT. Founded in 1997, 1E pioneered advanced PC power management with the release of ground-breaking solutions like NightWatchman® and WakeUp™. That innovative approach has continued with the development of revolutionary concepts like Useful Work™, Drowsy Server® and Computer Health™ as part of a unique range of industry-leading solutions. Headquartered in London and New York and with 20 million licenses deployed world-wide, over 1,400 organizations in 42 countries have trusted us to help them to work effectively, productively and sustainable. 1E federal customers include Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of State, Federal Reserve System, Sandia National Labs, Defense Commissary Agency, Defense Logistics Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, Bureau of Reclamation, and Tennessee Valley Authority. For more information on 1E’s federal business, please visit federal. To date, we have helped our customers save in excess of $550m in energy costs alone, cutting CO2 emissions by 4.5 million tons. For more information, please visit 1E and follow us on Twitter

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