CenturyLink joins DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge to cut data center energy use


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IT company CenturyLink announced it would participate in the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge program by increasing efficiency within its hosted data centers.

The initiative, part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, aims to make public and private sector buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade. Through the program, CenturyLink pledged to cut non-IT load energy use at its U.S. data centers by 25 percent in 2023.

The company would not provide information by press time on how these efforts could impact its federal customers.

In a press release, David Meredith, CenturyLink’s senior vice president of global data centers, touted the company’s “ongoing efforts to continually improve energy efficiency across our entire data center portfolio.”

Indeed, CenturyLink has instated several energy efficiency programs at its data centers in the past. According to the release, CenturyLink was the first data center operator to deploy Bloom fuel cell technology to generate power at its facility in Irvine, California. And CenturyLink recently opened a data center in Washington state that draws part of its power from hydroelectric generators installed in the nearby Columbia River. CenturyLink also is pursuing Energy Star certifications for 20 U.S. data centers.

Other companies have made similar commitments as part of the challenge. Iron Mountain recently promised to cut “the non-IT energy intensity of eight data centers by 20 percent over a 10-year period.”

CenturyLink will work with DOE to share energy-saving strategies it learns in the program. Since the Better Buildings Challenge was founded in 2011, participating organizations have saved $1.3 billion in energy costs, the release said.

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Cloud, Data centers, Department of Energy (DOE), Departments, Tech
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