According to a new report from Virginia-based research firm,
Input, federal spending on energy solutions could reach $19 billion by 2015.
The report, "Federal Technology Strategies for Energy Efficiency, 2010-2015,"
discusses the technology solutions that federal agencies are turning to for
help in reducing government energy consumption and carbon footprint. The report
projects billion-dollar spending on energy-saving approaches that include cloud
computing, virtualization, green hardware and building management systems.
The report cites the following IT-related strategies the
government will deploy to reduce energy consumption:
Smart grid modernization,
including integrated communications, sensing and measurement technologies;
advanced components; advanced control methods; and improved interfaces and
including smart meters, sensors, building management systems and energy
Green IT, including cloud
computing, virtualization, data center consolidation, energy-efficient
hardware, and other environmentally sustainable computing products and services.
Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.