An agreement has been reached among a number of leading technology companies and industry groups on metrics that should pave the way for a consistent method to measure and monitor energy use in data centers.

The Green Grid, a global consortium of companies, government agencies and educational institutions, announced this week that it has reached an agreement on guiding principles of data center energy efficiency metrics. The agreement has the backing of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the European Union, and Japan’s Green IT Promotion Council, along with other key industry groups.

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