A computer server (server) is a computer that provides services and manages networked resources for client devices (e.g., desktop computers, notebook computers, thin clients, wireless devices, PDAs, IP telephones, other computer servers, or other network devices). A server is primarily accessed via network connections, versus directly connected user input devices such as a keyboard or mouse.
If DOE issues a final determination that servers are a covered product, DOE may prescribe test procedures and energy conservation standards for servers. DOE will determine if servers satisfy the provisions of 42 U.S.C. 6295(l)(1) during the course of any energy conservation standards rulemaking.
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DOE published a notice of proposed determination regarding servers. 78 FR 41868 (July 12, 2013). For more information, please see the rulemaking page.
Standards for Computer Servers
There are currently no standards for servers.
There is not currently a regulatory test procedure for servers.
Because there are no energy conservation standards or test procedures for servers, the provisions of 10 CFR Part 430 and Part 1003 that apply to waivers, exceptions, state exemptions to Federal pre-emption, and small business exemptions are not relevant.
Part A of the "Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles" of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended, mandates energy conservation standards for certain consumer products. (42 U.S.C. § 6291–6309 ) In addition to specifying a list of covered residential and commercial products, EPCA contains provisions that enable the Secretary of Energy to classify additional types of consumer products as covered products.(42 U.S.C. 6292(b)). These provisions include:
- Classifying the product as a covered product is necessary for the purposes of EPCA; and
- The average annual per-household energy use by products of such type is likely to exceed 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. (42 U.S.C. 6292(b)(1))
For the Secretary to prescribe an energy conservation standard pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 6295(o) and (p) for covered products added pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 6292(b) , he must also determine that the products meet certain additional criteria. DOE will determine if servers satisfy the provisions of 42 U.S.C. 6295(l)(1) during the course of the energy conservation standards rulemaking.
DOE has not previously conducted an energy conservation standard or test procedure rulemaking for servers. If, after public comment, DOE issues a final determination of coverage, DOE may prescribe both test procedures and energy conservation standards for servers.
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Find tips and guidance for making your home, workplace, or vehicle more energy efficient visit EnergySavers.gov.
DOE supports the testing and verification of ENERGY STAR® products in close collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency. The ENERGY STAR program for servers provides test procedures and qualification specifications for servers.
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