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Dakota Electric Association recently presented Thomson Reuters with a $60,000 energy incentive check for selecting high-efficiency components while upgrading equipment in their datacenter. Dakota Electric provides rebates for businesses of all sizes, and for all types of energy efficient upgrades, and so far this year, Dakota Electric has awarded more than $1.6 million dollars to local businesses.

As part of Thomson Reuters’ ongoing efforts to encourage energy efficiency and cost reductions, the Data Center Strategy Team recently collaborated with an internal platform team, who refreshed and reduced a large amount of computer assets in the Eagan data centers.  By investing in larger, more powerful servers, they were able to decommission hundreds of smaller physical servers (327 assets down to 89 assets), reduce ongoing technology debt and produce an individual project power savings of nearly 44 kW, which will save more than 614,000 kWh annually.

“This energy-efficient technology uses less electricity than alternative technologies Thomson Reuters could have selected,” Jane Siebenaler, business account executive for Dakota Electric, said. “These systems will continue to provide energy savings year after year for them.”

“We thank Dakota Electric for the energy-efficiency incentive and their partnership over the years,” said Keith Kurpiers, lead systems engineer at Thomson Reuters. “Data Center Strategy has ongoing plans in the works for additional server consolidation, which will enable Thomson Reuters to reach out again to Dakota Electric for potential incentives in 2017.”

Commercial and industrial users of all sizes can save electricity and money by making smart choices on the equipment they purchase. By encouraging businesses to save energy by offering energy efficiency incentives, Dakota Electric helps reduce overall wholesale power costs and demand charges, which help keep energy costs lower for all its members-owners.

“As a member-owned cooperative, Dakota Electric is pleased to be able to help our members save electricity and money,” Siebenaler said. “We are always seeking ways to help our members reduce their electric use.”

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About Dakota Electric Association
A customer-owned, non-profit utility since 1937, Dakota Electric Association provides electricity to more than 104,000 members throughout Dakota County and portions of Goodhue, Rice and Scott counties. Dakota Electric, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, serves its member-owners with integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.