Verdiem, the PC Power Management and Green IT enterprise software company, is in the news again with the announcement that a number of Californian state agencies have deployed the company’s power management software.
Governor Schwarzenegger has issued an executive order that energy use from IT operations should be reduced by 30% by 2012. Consequently, a number of agencies, municipalities, schools and universities have deployed Verdiem's PC power management solution on nearly 70,000 PCs with the goal of reducing PC energy consumption by up to 60%.
Verdiem also also released a white paper, entitled ‘Immediate, Measurable Results For Meeting The California Government Mandate’ which is available here.
Jeremy Jaech, CEO of Verdiem said that "PC power management has proven to be a potent method for achieving fast and tangible reductions in energy consumption and carbon emissions."
Nearly fifteen utilities in California also offer rebates for the purchase and deployment of Verdiem's software. The rebate commonly covers the full cost of purchase, providing an immediate return on investment.
Reducing the energy and emissions from IT is a challenge, but there are a lot of easy solutions and PC power management is one of them. Return on investment can be very rapid (even immediate in California), leaving little or no excuse for not taking action. This use of Verdiem’s solution across California should help get the message out.
It’s not the only company focussing on this aspect of Green IT of course, and government organisations are seen as a prime target because of their own emissions reduction targets and because they set an example to the rest of industry. 1E, the main rival to Verdiem, has separate US and UK government pages on its web site to help capitalise on the opportunity.
By the way, those of you wondering what happened with California’s Proposition 16 vote, which I wrote about this time last week, will be relieved to know that it was defeated by a narrow majority (52%). It means that local governments can continue to build their own municipal utilities to the benefit of local communities. Whether any of the many local ICT companies, who stand to gain from the vote actually got involved is not clear.