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  • The Climate Savers Computing Initiative is a coalition of some of the largest technology companies committed to saving energy by improving the power efficiency of the equipment they make and use. Companies committed to the program include Google, Microsoft, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Sun Microsystems. The group plans to improve power efficiency for computer and servers and encourage end users to apply underused power management techniques. Google's Urs Holzle said only about 50 percent of the power that leaves the outlet reaches a PC because energy leaks out of inefficient power cords. Climate Savers has established a series of standards for power efficiency in servers and PCs that members are suggested to adopt by July 2010. A more efficient power cord for a PC would cost about $20 more, and a power efficient server would cost an additional $30, according to Intel's Pat Gelsinger. Gelsinger said that over time the cost premium will drop as volume production increases, and that end users will save on energy bills, also helping to offset the cost. Climate Savers also will work to educate and encourage end users to take advantage of power management mechanisms built into PCs. "Ninety percent of PCs are capable but aren't utilizing power management techniques," Gelsinger said. Climate Savers standards for improving power supply efficiency and power use management techniques would reduce global carbon emissions by 54 million tons per year, and would save a projected 62 billion kilowatt hours of energy in 2010, worth about $5.5 billion in energy costs, according to the group.
    Thursday, June 14, 2007 8:43 AM