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June 29, 2009

Climate Savers Computing and EPA Host Utility Energy-Efficiency Program Summit
(PORTLAND, Ore.)—Climate Savers Computing Initiative and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are leading a series of educational Webinars for utilities about the environmental benefits, cost savings and consumer incentives associated with energy-efficient computing. The first of these how-to forums is scheduled for July 21, 2009 and will provide a briefing on IT power management for utility energy-efficiency program managers.

The free summit—a live Web conference—will focus on the benefits of implementing computer power management programs and will engage a discussion around best practices for existing programs in the utilities industry. It will also address specific opportunities for utilities to reduce energy waste, save money and reduce carbon emissions.

“Utility companies are in a unique position to help lead energy-efficient computing efforts,” said Pat Tiernan, executive director of Climate Savers Computing, an international nonprofit organization committed to protecting the climate by reducing IT-related energy consumption. “By promoting and expanding existing utility incentive programs and committing to power management best practices, I am confident overall computer power usage can be reduced significantly.”

With the number of PCs expected to more than double in coming years—from more than 1 billion PCs in deployment globally today to 2.25 billion by 2015, according to Forrester Research—it will be increasingly important for utilities to encourage their consumers to use power efficiently so as not to further strain power grids. The goal of this Webinar is to demonstrate how utilities can design and promote incentive programs that will ;lead to enterprise customer adoption.

“Not only does energy-efficient computing make financial sense,” said Tiernan, “it is a simple way for companies to further increase their environmental stewardship.” Numerous computer power management solutions already exist, including software tools that companies and consumers may already own. “By utilizing these solutions a typical organization with 1,000 computers would have an annual savings of $40,000, as well as avoid 350 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of removing 60 cars from the road.”

Speakers will include representatives from the EPA, Climate Savers Computing, Beacon Consultants, The Camdus Group, Inc., and PG&E. Registration for the free session is available at: /utility-energy-efficiency-program-summit.

Through the free educational Webinars, Climate Savers Computing and the EPA are reaching out to energy-efficiency program sponsors, including utility energy-efficiency program managers and planners, program managers for state-run energy efficiency programs, utility funded energy-efficiency program managers, utility program marketers, energy service professionals and implementation support contractors. The second of these utility-focused Webinars will focus on best practices on upgrading to energy-efficient computer systems and the responsible retirement of inefficient, aging computer fleets and related technology.

About Climate Savers Computing Initiative

The Climate Savers Computing Initiative is a nonprofit group of eco-conscious consumers, businesses and conservation organizations dedicated to reducing the energy consumption of computers. More than 475 companies and organizations have joined the Initiative since its launch in June 2007, and thousands of individuals have pledged their support. The Initiative is led by CSC, Dell, Google, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and World Wildlife Fund. Sponsors include 1E, Acer Inc., Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Faronics, Fujitsu Limited, Hitachi Ltd., Intuit, Lenovo, NEC Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Super Micro Computer Inc., Symantec, Verdiem Corporation.

For more information and to pledge your support, visit http://www.climatesaverscomputing.org.

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Media contact: Stephanie Kruczek, EnviroMedia on behalf of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, 512-476-4368, ext. 441,
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