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The Greening of IT: How Companies Can Make a Difference for the Environment by John Lamb

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9 Green IT Case Studies for Energy Utilities

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”

—Goethe

Energy corporations, and especially electric utilities, have an interesting and important role in the establishment of green data centers. As first mentioned in Chapter 5, “The Magic of ‘Incentive’—The Role of Electric Utilities,” electric utilities have a significant interest in avoiding, when possible, the need to build new electric power plants to meet peak demand. In addition, they can use their experience with their own data centers and green IT initiatives to help their customers evaluate best practices for energy conservation. Then, they can use that experience to establish electric utility rate cases to provide ...

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