Congress requires Green Data Center For Homeland Security Department

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DHS Data Center Funding Tied to Efficiency

October 19th, 2009 : Rich Miller

Congress has told the Department of Homeland Security that it must improve the power efficiency of its data center in Mississippi before it can get additional funds for an ongoing data center consolidation, NextGov reports.

The facility at NASA’s Stennis Space Center is one of two sites where DHS hopes to consolidate its data centers by 2013. But the facility’s power consumption is taxing the capacity of the Stennis campus, leading the House to restrict nearly half of the site’s $83 million budget until it upgrades its power capacity and improves its power efficiency.

The NextGov site has additional information.

Congress requires Homeland Security's data center to go green

BY JILL R. AITORO 10/16/2009

In the funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that it passed on Thursday, the House restricted more than half of the nearly $83 million budget for a massive data center until DHS develops ways to ensure there is enough power to sustain operations.

The fiscal 2010 Homeland Security appropriations bill requires the department to spend $38.5 million to upgrade the power capabilities at the National Center for Critical Information Processing and Storage, known as Data Center One and based at NASA's Stennis Space Center, near the Gulf Coast in Mississippi. Homeland Security cannot spend the remaining $45 million on building out the data center, which will provide information processing for the entire department, until DHS officials can make certain the data center has enough power and uses green technologies to reduce demand.

Is this the start of more gov’t data centers to be green?  How much energy efficiency is sufficient to meet the Congress’s approval?