Improving electrical energy performance is an important consideration in the design, construction and operation of any data center. This paper proposes a holistic methodology in achieving energy performance and capital expenditure (Cap X) savings. While achieving these savings, the challenge is to maintain or increase reliability, in other words, decreasing risk. Most data center energy projects usually focus on a single goal, not considering the holistic effect of increased risk or decreased reliability. When these non-tangible omissions become apparent, the energy performance aspect frequently becomes marginalized or canceled.