Energy turns to performance contracts to cut data centers

November 13, 2011
FedCyber Wire, Financial
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To meet governmentwide goals for streamlining computing operations, the Energy Department is using a novel procurement tool to whittle down its 89 data centers–federal energy savings performance contracts.

It’s not that these contracts are new. They have been used for everything from Air Force water conservation projects to energy-efficient lighting for the Statue of Liberty. But they have not been used to reach sustainability goals specifically through improved information technology practices.

“ESPCs in the past have been something the facilities managers and energy managers have been aware of, but this is the first time in IT,” says Jake Wooley, deputy director of the Energy Department’s information technology management office. “We’re calling it a proof of concept.”

The department has enlisted Lockheed Martin Corp. to provide that proof. Under the terms of the contract, the company will offer an in-depth preliminary investigation to demonstrate where Energy can save money, and how much, through a data center consolidation.

via NextGov, continued here.