Data center metering and resource guide

Type: White Paper
Categories: Commercial, Demand Management, Energy Efficiency, Industrial
Date Published: 2/1/2017
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
Primary Topic: Energy Efficiency

This guide from the U.S. DOE's Better Buildings group intends to help data center owners and operators implement a metering system that allows their organizations to gather the necessary data for effective decision making and energy efficiency improvements.

The guide covers standard definitions, including the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric, and discusses data center types (especially stand-alone and embedded), estimates PUE for various metering scenarios, planning for and installing the meters, and the importance of commissioning. It also covers anticipated scenarios of metering systems and how they integrate with data center types, among other things. 

The 32-page document also provides metering guidance to organizations considering participation and to those already participating in the Better Buildings Data Center Challenge or its accelerator partnerships.


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