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March 10, 2009

IT Power Management Summit to Reveal How Companies Can Save Millions

(PORTLAND, Ore.)—Climate Savers Computing Initiative, the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Program and Forrester Research are helping companies overcome power management barriers.

The group will host a free IT summit—a live Web conference—to share how businesses of all sizes can eliminate wasted energy and cost.

Doug Washburn, Forrester Research analyst, will present a first look at new research on enterprise power management and will discuss best practices for automating sleep and wake capabilities across computer networks. The Summit will feature a variety of organizations—from major cities to Fortune 500 companies—sharing how they saved money by reducing energy waste through power management. All attendees of the IT Power Management Summit will receive a free copy of Washburn’s recent Forrester Research report, titled “How Much Money Are Your Idle PCs Wasting?”

“The average desktop PC wastes half of the energy it consumes,” 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 turning on your company’s energy-saving features, you can save up to $75 per PC per year in energy costs and reduce your CO2 emissions by nearly half a ton.”

“We are excited to partner with Climate Savers Computing in sponsoring this important event that helps organizations greatly reduce the carbon footprint of their IT operations,” said Steve Ryan, Manager of the ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT Campaign.

Forrester Research findings show that for many companies, enterprise power management could yield millions of dollars in savings annually.

Is Power Management Really That Simple?

A top U.S. financial services company is saving $3 million a year by implementing easy-to-initiate-and-maintain power management techniques. It did so by setting PCs to stand-by mode and by employing automatic turn-off settings after 6 p.m. if activity had ceased. The savings reached $68 per year for every computer in the company and reduced PC-related CO2 emissions by 65 percent. The free Climate Savers Computing Webinar will explain how other networked organizations can reap similar rewards, and the City of Miami and Verizon are among the organizations that will share success stories.

Climate Savers Computing and the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Program are setting their sights on PC power management tactics because companies are losing money-saving opportunities and at the same time are needlessly increasing the size of their carbon footprints. Organizations traditionally target data centers with green IT efforts, but international advisory organization The Climate Group estimates in 2007, PCs and related peripherals consumed close to three times the amount of energy and related CO2 emissions as data centers. PC power management is also less complex to implement and provides a quicker return on investment.

Tune In to Power Down

Climate Savers Computing and the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Program will show CIOs, VPs of Infrastructure and Operations, Energy Managers, Sustainability Managers and IT Managers how to identify energy-saving opportunities and overcome obstacles associated with implementing enterprise power management during the complimentary IT Power Management Summit: Monday, March 30, 2009, noon-2 p.m. EDT. Each participant will receive a free copy of the Forrester Research report, “How Much Money Are Your Idle PCs Wasting?” More information and registration is available at www.climatesaverscomputing.org/it-power-management-summit.

About ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 9,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

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 400 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 Dell, Google, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, and World Wildlife Fund. Sponsors include Acer, AMD, Delta Electronics, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Intuit, Lite-On, NEC, Sun and Supermicro.

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

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Media contact: Christine Vrem-Ydstie, EnviroMedia on behalf of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, 503-327-8031

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