Cost-Effective Computer Efficiency

Category: 
Other
Project Number: 
ET12PGE5251
Start Year: 
2012
End Year: 
2012
Markets Segments: 
Commercial
Commercial Office
Commercial, Small
Educational Facilities
Government - Institutional Facilities
High Technology
Hospitality
Medical - Healthcare
Residential
Retail
Project Type: 
Electric Energy Savings
Type of Technology: 
Electronics & Process Controls
Organization: 
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)
Project Status: 
Completed
Savings Type: 
Home
Work

Computers consume nearly 10 terawatt-hours of electricity in California each year. These and other plug-loads will become an ever larger portion of electricity consumption in the state as California aggressively pursues lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and building envelope efficiency improvements. Although this is a daunting problem, the rate of technological change in the computer industry is rapid. New and innovative efficient technologies will continue to provide opportunities to reduce computer electricity consumption without sacrificing performance.

This study investigated, identified, and demonstrated cost-effective efficiency opportunities in desktop and notebook computers. These opportunities may ultimately inform the development of meaningful mandatory appliance efficiency standards in California.

(Note:  The original version of the report was posted on 12/16/2012.  An updated version with minor, non-substantive edits was completed on 1/22/2013 and posted on 3/13/2013.)

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