We’re all familiar with the Energy Star program. From washing machines to flat panel TVs to buildings the good folks at the EPA have created metrics for the most efficient products on the market, driving industries to design more energy efficient products and get rewarded through increased visibility for their efforts. Closer to home, PCs have been featuring Energy Star logos for over a decade, and my notebook features a logo designating the 4.0 version of that specification. It’s arguable if there’s a more effective blunt tool for creating wide-spread awareness on product efficiency as a light blue Energy Star mark. That’s why I was interested in talking to Andrew Fanara, the guy who has been driving the EPA’s latest foray in energy efficiency: Energy Star for servers. This new program generated a ton of attention as the metric for server efficiency was discussed, honed and tweaked by the EPA team. Coming up with a common metric for server system efficiency is not easy, and Andrew has been a very popular guy receiving input far and wide from technologists pitching their respective approaches. Take a listen to our Chip Chat discussion to find out more about when you can expect to see Energy Star servers in the market, what Andrew’s team was able to accomplish with this first spec, and what his goal is for this metric long term.