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Energy Newsbriefs

Articles for December 17, 2012

ENERGY NEWSBRIEFS is a weekly current awareness service provided by the WSU Extension Energy Program Library and written by Angela Santamaria, WSU Energy Library Manager, to assist users in tracking developments in the energy field. To view past issues or to subscribe to receive an email notification of the publication of a new issue, go to the Energy Newsbriefs home.

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AIRPORTS

"Air Travel and Efficiency: How U.S. Airports are Saving Energy," by staff, appeared in the November 2012 issue of Efficiency News. It shows the advances in energy efficiencies applied in several specific airports: Logan International (Boston), Dallas-Fort Worth International, Chattanooga, Denver International, Detroit Metro, and San Francisco International.

BIOENERGY

"Advice to Operate By" was written by Ken Kotrba, Editor, Biodiesel Magazine; it was carried in the November/December 2012 issue of that publication. This article discusses the basics of operator training and the duties of a plant's maintenance director. The author, also, includes "Top 11 Maintenance Guide," a list of specific areas that need maintenance attention.

BUILDING SCIENCE

"ENERGY STAR Data and Reporting" is a web page announcing the release of the new ENERGY STAR Data Trends reports. These include reports from both the Portfolio Manager DataTrends Series and the ENERGY STAR Snapshot. The former provide overviews of Portfolio Manager benchmarking and some close views of particular types of buildings using Portfolio Manager. The ENERGY STAR Snapshot shows key performance indicators for the commercial and industrial program.

CLIMATE CHANGE

"The World Bank - Climate Change - Climate Change Report Warns of Dramatically Warmer World This Century" is a November 18, 2012, article on the World Bank's website focusing on the highlights of the major, 104-page, November 2012 report, Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must Be Avoided, prepared for the World Bank by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics. (Note that a rise of 4°C is equal to an increase of 7.2°F)

" is a November 18, 2012, article on the World Bank's website focusing on the highlights of the major, 104-page, November 2012 report, , prepared for the World Bank by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics. (Note that a rise of 4°C is equal to an increase of 7.2°F)

 

DATA CENTERS

"Data Centers: Retrofit or Replace?" was written by staff; it was published in the November 2012 issue of Buildings. A retrofit costs much less than a replacement, but in some cases a replacement is necessary. This article explains when to do which.

"The Internet Wears Shorts: How Google Workers in Summer Clothes Are Solving Data Centers’ Pollution Problem" was written by Will Oremus; it was published in Slate on November 27, 2012. Rather than expending a lot of energy to keep servers unnecessarily cool, Google is having its data centers run at a maximum of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Other strategies, used by Google and others to save energy without overheating servers, are discussed.

HVAC/R (HEATING, VENTILATION, AIR CONDITIONING, AND REFRIGERATION)

"Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems Save Energy, Lots of Energy" is a five-page PDF written by Eric T. Truelove, PE, GGA, LEED AP BD+C, The Renschler Company; this PDF was noted, with a link, in the December 2012 issue of the Energy Center of Wisconsin's News Briefs. It is a discussion of dedicated outdoor air systems as applied to several small commercial buildings.

RESIDENTIAL EFFICIENCY STRATEGIES

"New Videos Feature Best Practices in Sidewall Insulating, Furnace Testing" is an article in the December 2012 issue of the Energy Center of Wisconsin's News Briefs. This article briefly describes and links to the two free videos developed for professionals in home weatherization.

"Take the Plunge: Water Efficiency Video Tips," by staff, was carried in the November 2012 issue of Efficiency News. It includes short videos for the homeowner on each of six topics: low-flow fixtures, leaks, cold water for clothes washing, energy-efficient toilets, tankless water heaters, and Energy Star dishwashers.

WATER

"Power Boosters," by Ed Ritchie, appeared in the November-December 2012 issue of Water Efficiency. It offers several examples of on-site energy generation combined with improved performance of water utilities. Energy dollars saved, whether through off-peak use of energy or through less energy needed, is shown to be dramatic.


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