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May 20, 2009

Tech Competitors in PC Power Management Unite, Help Companies Save Energy and Money

Global Nonprofit Launches New Workgroup Tackling Power Management Deployment Barriers

(PORTLAND, Ore.)—A global nonprofit has gathered technology competitors at the same table to identify, solve and communicate technical barriers to desktop and notebook computer power management deployment.

Climate Savers Computing Initiative, an international nonprofit organization committed to reducing IT-related energy consumption, is working with power management solutions leaders 1E, Faronics, Symantec, and Verdiem to remove obstacles to the adoption of power management in the marketplace.

“Climate Savers Computing makes this kind of collaboration possible, and it is exactly why we started this organization,” said Bill Weihl, Green Energy Czar at Google, a founding member of the organization along with Intel. “Industry-wide efforts are the most effective way to have an impact on both technology and behavior.”

The Climate Savers Computing Initiative Power Management Workgroup’s first order of business is addressing specific challenges of sleep state standby (S3) technology reliability. Of the four computer sleep states, S1 through S4, S3 (known by most users as “standby” mode) presents the most obvious opportunity to help organizations build more energy-efficient platforms.

Issues with “waking up” from S3, both perceived and real, have caused low utilization numbers in many company networks, and by developing a resource guide that solves this and other related issues, the workgroup can quickly begin helping companies reduce energy consumption and save money. The guide will instruct users on how to build energy-efficient, power-managed client platforms that will result in a positive user experience.

“The average desktop PC wastes half of the energy it consumes,” said Pat Tiernan, executive director of Climate Savers Computing. “By turning on a single computer’s energy-saving features you can save up to $75 per year in energy costs and reduce your CO2 emissions by nearly half a ton. By getting these experienced leaders in the same room, we will help clarify how organizations can best adopt power management strategies and quickly stop wasting energy to improve their bottom line.”

Understanding the critical importance of tackling power management deployment barriers through clear education and expert guidance, select Board of Director and Sponsor level Climate Savers Computing members first convened in the fall of 2008 to start setting technical workgroup goals and recruiting essential power management team members. After increasing understanding of barriers and solutions in the short term, the resulting team will then work to resolve detailed technology issues like networking protocol and hardware and software latencies that can cause additional barriers to deployment along the entire computing value chain.

Can Power Management Really Make A Big Difference?

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 standby 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.

Climate Savers Computing and the new workgroup 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 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. Both data centers and PCs are important areas of focus, but since it is generally less complex to implement and often provides a quicker return on investment, the workgroup sees PC power management as a good entry point for organizations.

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 450 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, Lenovo, Microsoft, and World Wildlife Fund. Sponsors include 1E, Acer Inc., Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Delta Electronics, Inc., Faronics, Fujitsu Limited, Hitachi Ltd., Intuit, NEC Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Super Micro Computer Inc., Symantec, Verdiem Corporation.

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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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