Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training Awareness  

Education Type: 
1.5 hours
0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

A data center houses computer servers, storage, and networking equipment as well as critical support infrastructure such as cooling and electrical systems. Data center operators are challenged to address key mandates: deliver reliable services, operate efficiently, and ensure resiliency and flexibility. The objective of this webinar is to make the US DOE Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) training program better known to help reduce IT equipment and facility energy use and carbon footprint. The DCEP curriculum includes essential energy-assessment courses for people working with data centers. There are three courses: Generalist, HVAC Specialist, and IT Specialist. The training program has a comprehensive set of training material, including software tools with what-if capabilities to reinforce and enhance the learning experience.

The program issues, on behalf of US Department of Energy (DOE), certificates that he/she is a qualified DCEP to those who pass the exam(s) after taking the training. Qualified DCEPs completed training on performing energy assessments in data centers and passed exams demonstrating their proficiency in the use of the high-level online DC Pro Tool and selected in-depth Excel Assessment System Tools.

The Federal Energy Act of 2020 provides statutory mandates for maintaining the DCEP program in collaboration with key stakeholders. The Energy Act also states that each federal agency shall consider having its data centers evaluated once every 4 years by practitioners certified pursuant to the DCEP program.


Magnus Herrlin, Principal Scientific Engineering Associate in the High Tech & Industrial Systems Group, LBNL  

Magnus Herrlin is the president of ANCIS Inc. and has been the program lead for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) training program since 2009. The objective of this certificate program is to raise the standards of those involved in energy assessments of data centers. ANCIS develops advanced indoor environmental and energy solutions for facilities in general and for mission-critical facilities in particular. Over a 30-year career, Magnus has developed energy modeling tools and modeled building energy in commercial and residential structures. He has published or contributed to many papers, reports, and standards chiefly concerning thermal management, energy management, mechanical system design and operation, and IT equipment reliability for data centers and telecom central offices.

Jefferey Murrell, Program Manager for the Federal Energy-Intense Facilities (EIF), U.S. Department of Energy – Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)  

Jefferey Murrell is program manager for the Federal Energy-Intense Facilities (EIF) program in U.S. DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and is a licensed professional engineer. He also serves as a Program Manager for the Federal Metering and Federal Energy Management and Information System (EMIS) programs. He currently supports the Federal Healthy Building Toolkit (HBT) and Federal Energy Efficient Product Procurement (EEPP) programs. Jeff graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in general engineering and graduated from Columbia Southern University with a master's in public administration. He is currently matriculating at California Southern University in the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program, with a focus on energy resiliency and EMIS development/planning.

Rick Mears, P.E., Program Manager, Data Centers, U.S. Department of Energy – Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)  

Rick Mears, P.E., is program manager support for the Data Center program in U.S. DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). He also serves as the DOE FEMP lead for the Technology Validation and Sustainable Buildings programs. He has over 12 years of experience in the energy and sustainability fields and has provided energy resilience, energy and sustainability management, carbon accounting, and energy policy support across federal agencies. Rick is a Certified Energy Manager and has a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University and an engineering degree from Cornell University.

Ian Hoffman, Senior Scientific Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkely National Laboratory (LBNL)  

Ian Hoffman is a with the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers and other teams in the Building and Industrial Applications department. His work focuses on efficiency and resilience in data centers, individual and societal behavior on energy and efficiency, and utility customer-funded energy efficiency programs.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the importance of energy efficiency and decarbonization in data center;
  • Identify the DOE DCEP data center energy-assessment training courses;
  • Identify related LBNL research reports; and
  • Identify the DOE data center energy-assessment software tools.
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