Numerous utilities include computer power management (CPM) information and incentives as a component of their commercial energy efficiency (EE) or demand side management programs. To put things in perspective, personal computers & monitors are the largest single source of plug load power consumption in most commercial office buildings, according to one NYSERDA study, and often account for 10–20% of total building power use. CPM typically cuts computer power consumption in half. For basic information about CPM, including how it works, energy savings, solutions for large organizations, and success stories, see ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT.
Experienced EE program managers consider CPM to be an ideal first step for any commercial IT energy efficiency program, because CPM incentive programs are easy to administer, deliver real savings, and are cost effective. Data center and other IT energy efficiency incentive programs can be more complex and difficult to administer.
ENERGY STAR helps utility-funded energy efficiency programs take advantage of computer power management in a number of ways.
Below is a table showing some of the utilities offering prescriptive incentives for PC power management. Utilities considering prescriptive rebates should note that:
|Utility/ Weblink||Incentive Amount||Minimum Average Annual Savings (kWh) per Computer||Require Submittal of Energy Savings Report||Approved List of Vendors|
|Avista||$10 per computer||100||Yes||No|
|Com Ed||$12 per desktop computer||None||Yes||Yes|
|Idaho Power (217KB)||$10 per computer||None||No||No|
|Manitoba Hydro||$15 per license; up to 100% of installed cost||None||Yes||Yes|
|Modesto Irrigation District - Water and Power (35KB)||$10 per computer||None||Yes||No|
|Pacific Gas and Electric (690KB)||$15 per desktop computer (does not allow laptops)||None||Yes||Yes|
|Pacific Power (88KB)||$7 per computer, up to 100% of cost||None||Yes||No|
|Riverside Public Utilities||$15 per computer (not to exceed cost)||None||Yes||No|
|Sacramento Municipal Utility District||$10 per license||None||Yes||No|
|San Diego Gas and Electric||$15 per desktop computer||None||Yes||No|
|Silicon Valley Power||$15 per desktop computer; up to 80% of project cost||125||Yes||No|
|Southern California Edison (KB)||$15 per desktop computer||None||Yes||No|
|TID Water and Power||$10 per desktop computer||None||Yes||No|