State seeking ways to curb energy costs, become greener
By KEVIN KINNAIRD
FRANKFORT, Ky. - A leading specialist on GreenIT urged state officials to scale back printing and shut down workstations when not in use to see immediate energy cost savings and help the state become greener.
Andrea DiMaio, a consultant with Gartner Group, studies the impact of information technology on the environment, and during a GreenIT symposium Oct. 17 at the Capitol Annex he suggested state technology officials should begin defining policies and begin measuring and analyzing its energy consumption.
Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary Jonathan Miller said state government is striving to become leaner and greener to preserve the environment and reduce operating costs. He said he is confident the state can become a leader among states while delivering quality services to the public.
“This is a high priority of mine, and a very high priority of the Beshear administration,” Miller said. “On a more immediate front, we need to save money.”
Information and communications technology accounts for approximately 2 percent of global Co2 emissions, DiMaio said. Of that percentage, PCs, monitors and servers are responsible for nearly two-thirds of those total emissions, he said.
DiMaio said nine-to-15 percent of all office power consumption is tied to PCs and monitors, and an estimated 60 percent of workstations are left on after hours in the work place. He also suggested creating a green equipment disposition process and appointing a manager to oversee those efforts.
Paul Kaplan, a senior adviser to Miller, said state government is studying ways to improve energy efficiency and cut costs. He cited green efforts in the governor’s mansion by the first lady, Jane Beshear, who is a green advocate.
Mrs. Beshear has stated during recent public appearances that incandescent light bulbs have been replaced in the nearly 100-year-old home with energy star bulbs, and thermostats are also above 70 degrees in the summer and below 70 degrees in the winter to reduce energy consumption.
“Part of the challenge is to educate our employees and our citizens about energy usage,” Kaplan said.