BMW Switches to Renewable Energy; Energy Information Administration Predicts High Heating Costs for Winter; Eastman Chemical Company Celebrates Energy Star’s 20th Anniversary - Energy Minute for October 15, 2012
BMW will cut the cost of powering its computing operations by 80 percent by moving power-hungry applications to Verne Global’s 100 percent, dual-sourced, renewable-powered data center campus in Iceland. According to the U.K.-based data center developer, BMW will move intensive applications, including crash simulations, aerodynamic calculations, and computer aided design and engineering. Such high performance computing is associated with high power consumption and carbon emissions from the high-density servers required to run the applications.
The U.S Energy Information Administration has released its winter forecast for 2012-13. U.S. households are expected to use more heating fuel this winter, as temperatures are expected to be near normally cold. Homes that use heating oil, primarily in the Northeast, could see total heating bills above $2,000 for the season, as heating oil is expected to average a record high $3.80 a gallon. The one-half of U.S. households that use natural gas may spend an average of $89—15 percent—more this winter than last year, which was unusually warm.
Eastman Chemical Company has supported a celebration of the EPA’s Energy Star program’s 20th anniversary in Kingsport, Tennessee. The company also held its second energy fair, an Energy Star Day event. Eastman is a 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year.
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