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How IT Plug Load is Eating Your Electric Bill

 

With the astronomical growth of devices needed per employee, in enterprises, educational systems, medical facilities, and municipalities around the world, Plug Load costs have climbed steadily for years. Think you know how much energy is being used in your business? These statistics may surprise you!

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New White Paper - Bridging the Gap between Facilities & IT

 

As Energy Managers worldwide are looking at ways to implement energy saving strategies, and IT departments are trying to maximize the effectiveness of the energy they use, each of these departments are beginning to recognize the need to work with one another to achieve the results they are looking for.

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From our extensive time collaborating with Facilities, Energy, and IT/Data Center managers, we have learned that although all of these departments have the same goals and needs, they are challenged with learning an entirely new way to work together and, often times, a whole new language to speak.

With the information we've gathered, our team has produced a new white paper focused on helping these departments learn to Bridge the Gap between Facilities and IT to Reduce Energy Costs across the Enterprise.

We value your feedback. Please leave us your suggestions for Bridging the Gap in the comments section.

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Friday Roundup - Green Energy Edition

 

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Happy Friday! We're happy to share that the third in our series on Facilities & IT was published this week. You can see that here: Facilities and IT: The Similarities.

You can find the first two articles here Energy Management: Building a Bridge Between Facilities and IT and here Facilities and IT: Learning to Speak the Language.

Friday Roundup

Since Sunday is Earth Day, most of the articles coming out around sustainable business are very Earth Day focused this week.  Here are a few that we found useful or interesting.

  • 10 Ways for Executives to Green Their Business "In honor of Earth Day, here are 10 ways that executive women can leverage their influence to make a difference."
  • Game Consoles Waste over $1B Worth of Electricity Per Year "Analysts at Carnegie Mellon University report that game consoles are wasting power at record levels: 10.8 terawatt-hours, by their estimate, costing U.S. homeowners some $1.24 billion a year."
  • Greenpeace's Clean Cloud Push "In its trademark smashmouth style, Greenpeace this week took cloud computing companies to task for using dirty energy -- and then came under fire itself over its methods and assertions. "
  • High Speed Rail Isn't the Most Efficient Way to Cut Carbon Emissions "The California High Speed Rail Authority claims that by 2030, if the train ran entirely on renewable energy, then it would start reducing the state’s carbon emissions by about 5.4 million metric tons per year. That would mean the rail network would cut California’s emissions at a cost of, at the very low end, $250 per ton of carbon dioxide over the ensuing 50 years, given the system’s current price tag"
  • Northeast States Bucking Carbon Emissions Trend "Study finds that cap-and-trade and other clean energy policies have helped Northeastern states cut CO2 emissions faster than the rest of the nation."
  • Business Roundtable: Create, Grow, Sustain 2012 Report "now in its fifth year, features narratives from 126 CEOs on how their companies are leading the way with solutions to make the U.S. economy more sustainable while also driving economic growth and job creation."

We hope you have a Great Weekend and a VERY Green Earth Day!

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Facilities and IT: The Similarities

 

This is the third in our series on brokering energy management collaboration between the Facilities and IT departments. You can see the first article here: Energy Management: Building a Bridge between Facilities and IT. The second article can be found here: Facilities and IT: Learning to Speak the Language.

We have covered the differences in both the focus areas and the terminology barriers between Facilities and IT. Now it’s time to take a look at the similarities between the two departments and the collaboration needed to successfully implement an enterprise-wide energy management solution. As with all other collaborative relationships, it is easiest to build a team effort on common ground.

Team Work

Both Facilities and IT provide critical services to the rest of the organization and, although providing very different resources, each department works in a similar way. Often times, projects developed in other departments do not involve IT as an important part of the implementation until the last minute, leaving them scrambling for resources in the 11th hour. Along the same vein, Facilities is only involved by IT when they run out of available power and the situation is critical. With data centers running out of space and power at a rapid rate, energy management has become a growing challenge for IT departments.

Because energy management solutions run on the network, Facilities may see it as an IT product. Because Facilities realize the budgetary relief of energy management, IT may view it as a Facilities product. However, it’s important to remember that energy management is not department specific. From facilities management devices ( HVAC and lighting) on the Facilities’ side, and computing devices (PCs, monitors, switches, routers, servers, VoIP phones, printers) on the IT side, enterprise energy management spans the entire organization.

Ensuring there is enough capacity to meet the demands of the IT organization for years to come is an effort that must be undertaken by both departments, as a team.  Because managing energy efficiency is critical to IT’s ability to maintain SLAs, as well as Facilities’ ability to plan for and deliver sufficient power to the enterprise as a whole, neither department can afford to pass up the opportunity to collaborate in the implementation of an enterprise energy solution.

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Friday Roundup - Green Energy Articles from Around the Web

 

With Earth Day approaching, the news and blog worlds are abuzz with articles about green energy, sustainable business, and ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Here are some of the most interesting articles we found, and the articles you may have missed on the JouleX blog!

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 From the JouleX Green IT Blog:

Other great articles worth a read:

  • Pro-Business, Pro-Environment - Article by UNEP Climate hero and endurance athlete Charles Scott
  • Reducing All Energy Use Can Have an Impact at the Gas Pump - Gas prices are expected to breach four dollars per gallon this week and residents could see some relief through better energy management in general, according to experts.
  • Green IT Projects Struggle for Green Light - IT admins charged with cutting energy costs find it easier to buy greener gear than to get high-ROI green initiatives approved.
  • When it Comes to Energy Efficiency, Knowledge = Power Reduction - A new White House initiative underscores the notion that more consumers would reduce their electricity consumption, if it was easier to track in real time.
  • Beyond the Hour: Earth Hour City Challenge For A Low Carbon Economy- Founded in Sweden to celebrate Earth Hour 2011, the Earth Hour City Challenge initiative has been created to celebrate cities that are taking amazing steps forward in creating a greener, cleaner and more sustainable city to live and inspiring other cities to do the same.
    Founded in Sweden to celebrate Earth Hour 2011, the Earth Hour City Challenge initiative has been created to celebrate cities that are taking amazing steps forward in creating a greener, cleaner and more sustainable city to live and inspiring other cities to do the same.

    Source: Ecopreneurist (http://s.tt/18kka)

    Founded in Sweden to celebrate Earth Hour 2011, the Earth Hour City Challenge initiative has been created to celebrate cities that are taking amazing steps forward in creating a greener, cleaner and more sustainable city to live and inspiring other cities to do the same.

    Source: Ecopreneurist (http://s.tt/18kka)

  • Gartner: 10 Key IT Trends for 2012 - Energy Efficiency and Monitoring is up to #3 on the list, from #7 last year.

Videos:

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Founded in Sweden to celebrate Earth Hour 2011, the Earth Hour City Challenge initiative has been created to celebrate cities that are taking amazing steps forward in creating a greener, cleaner and more sustainable city to live and inspiring other cities to do the same.

Source: Ecopreneurist (http://s.tt/18kka)

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Facilities and IT - Learning to Speak the Language

 

This is the second in our series on brokering energy management collaboration between the Facilities and IT departments. You can see the first article here: Energy Management: Building a Bridge between Facilities and IT.

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Though each of these departments has a different perspective on energy (facilities ensuring that costs are kept as low as possible, while still delivering the necessary amount of power to the company; IT delivering ever increasing computing capabilities to the business, while also maintaining service level agreements) they are not as incompatible as they appear on the surface. Bridging the gap between Facilities and IT begins with understanding that each speaks a different language.

While the term "Control Points" may be alien to the IT department, the IT equivalent "IP Addresses" is just as unfamiliar to the Facilities team. We believe that learning to speak the native language to the department being addressed will go a long way toward building a collaborative atmosphere between the two departments.

By simply understanding the vernacular, Facilities and IT teams can more easily collaborate and advance energy management initiatives for the organization. Below is a reference table to help Facilities and IT teams find common ground and start a meaningful conversation. 

Term

Facilities

IT

Transport

Serial Interfaces RS242, 422, 485, etc

Ethernet

Control Systems

Building Mgmt, Facilities Mgmt

Systems Mgmt, Network Mgmt

Device References

Control Points

IP Addresses

Protocols

BACnet, Modbus and dozens of other open and proprietary protocols

TCP/IP

Environment

Hundreds that are more manually managed

Thousands of devices typically automated

One area of focus for the Facilities department that doesn't really have a corresponding IT term is Plug Load. Simply put, this is the amount of energy pulled from any electrical outlet in a building. In enterprise buildings, the plug load is typically utilized 40-60% of the entire energy usage and the remaining percentage is used by the building for lighting, and HVAC, etc. Of the plug load, 60-80% is utilized by IT devices.

Building Type

Facilities

Plug Load

Office

60%

40%

Data Center

40%

60%

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By learning to understand the terms and primary concerns of each team, both Facilities and IT will have the basic building blocks to understand each other's roles and begin a dialogue to identify energy savings opportunities within the organization. 

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Energy Management: Building a Bridge Between Facilities and IT

 

This is the first in a series of articles addressing the challenges faced by Facilities and IT departments when working together to implement energy management solutions. You can see the second article here: Facilities and IT: Learning to Speak the Language

When it comes to implementing Enterprise Energy Management, it is essential to have collaboration between the Facilities and IT groups within an organization. Though these departments deliver different services to the organization, they operate very similarly. Yet they rarely have the opportunity to work with one another. The IT department focuses on delivering compute services to all of the people in the organization, whereas the Facilities department provides management of physical space and power.

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Both departments strive to deliver a reliable and stable service to the rest of the enterprise. The energy concerns of each department are different, however. Facilities needs to ensure that costs are kept as low as possible, while still delivering the necessary amount of power to the company. IT is under pressure to deliver ever increasing computing capabilities to the business, while also maintaining service level agreements.

The challenge here lies in the fact that an energy management implementation requires that IT act as a service provider to Facilities, since the Facilities organization is typically the economic benefactor. Facilities hasn't traditionally had the opportunity to work with IT as a service provider, because they generally don't have many projects that require IT for implementation.

In order to begin building a bridge between IT and Facilities, it is important to understand some key differences between these groups.

Some of the key differences between these departments are:

Energy Capacity Planning 

When Facilities plans for energy needs, the determination is based on Power Per Square Foot or Power Per User. They typically use a standard power calculation of X watts per square foot, based on office building or data center, etc. or allocation of power per user. This metric allows Facilities to determine the energy needs of a building.

IT generally does not worry about the amount of power needed until or unless they need more.

Device Management

Although building management systems automate many of the larger devices in the facility, the majority of devices in facilities are manually managed.

In IT, there is not a single device that isn’t managed by something. IT typically has thousands of devices to manage, but facilities have hundreds of large devices.

Budget

The network-connected energy management platform is an IT product, but Facilities typically gets the budget relief of any energy savings.  In general, IT does not own the energy management budget in the company; Facilities does.

Since energy is provided, managed, and budgeted through Facilities, this department now has to utilize IT as a service organization the same way all of the other business units do. We believe that there is plenty of common ground between these departments, making this an opportunity to for both groups to collaborate on reducing energy consumption and providing a more sustainable IT infrastructure.

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Is your company managing energy between these departments? To what degree do you find collaboration between IT and Facilities within your organization? Leave a comment below and tell us how it’s going.

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