Articles for September 24, 2012
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Gears Up for Biomass Briquette Tests," by Anna Simet, Contributions
Editor, Biomass Magazine was published
in the August 2012 issue of that journal.
It is a short article about the newly-funded emissions testing of the
torrefied biomass bricks manufactured by an Oregon-based company.
The following two articles were published in the July/August issue of
Construction," by David Engle, is a
three-Web-page article describing the
effect of clouds, smart meters, and smart grids on the BAS and EMS of new, smart
buildings in the commercial sector.
Comfort," by Carol Brzozowski, is a three-Web-page article
about high-rise office buildings producing power onsite. It includes benefits to realize and
challenges to overcome.
Traditional Energy Boundaries" was written by Andrew Savage, Executive Management Team Member,
AllEarth Renewables; it was posted on the author's blog, August 13, 2012, which
is carried on the MHT website. The article addresses the paucity of,
and opportunity for, net metering for groups to encourage community-scale
New England States Launch Regional Renewable Energy Initiative,"
by staff, was published in the August 8, 2012, issue of
EERE Network News. The New England states – Connecticut,
Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont – are issuing an
RFP (request for proposals) under their umbrella organization NESCOE (New
England States Committee on Electricity) to procure renewables on a regional
scale for the long-term.
The following two articles were published in the August 2012 issue of
Environmental Building News (EBN);
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Reporting: It’s the Law," was written by Nadav Malin,
President, and Tristan Roberts, editor; both of
Education credit may be awarded to those qualified, but the article stands as a
valuable and informative piece
whether the reader seeks credit or not.
Say Popular PACE Retrofit Program Is Still Too Risky,"
by Paula Melton, Managing Editor, EBN, explains that Fannie Mae and Freddie
Mac, the guarantors of most mortgages in the country, cannot stand behind
mortgages taken out on properties that already have liens on them, because in
the event of foreclosure, liens are paid back before mortgages. The question is whether PACE
(properly assessed clean energy) financing involves liens or loans. The U.S. Federal Housing Finance
Administration (FHFA) believes liens are involved.
RESIDENTIAL EFFICIENCY STRATEGIES
and Winter Energy-Saving Tips" is a Web page, revised (and
re-named) seasonally, from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office of
the U.S. Department of Energy. The
site is now offering many tips for energy savings for the cooler months.
The following three articles appeared in the August 2012 issue of
Breakthrough in Heat Treatment Is Coming"
was written by Barry Ashby, Washington Editor,
Industrial Heating. The author's information is from the
company that has developed a patented technology to reduce heat losses that
occur in the process of heat treatment.
Management," by Art
Morris, Thermart Software, explains the complex balance between keeping oxygen
levels high enough to minimize unburned fuels (so they do not represent energy
losses in the flue gas) and low enough to minimize NOx in the flue gas. The author features his free,
downloadable, Excel worksheet which calculates how much oxygen is best given the
variables that make that determination so difficult.
Audits" was authored by Daniel H. Herring, President of the
Herring Group Inc. It discusses what
audits of heat-treat departments examine and what results can be expected.
and Interdependent," by Soma Bhadra, Chief Executive
Officer of Proteus Consulting, appeared in the July/August 2012 issue of
Distributed Energy. The author
shows how much energy is expended in supplying and treating water, how much
water is used to produce energy, and how all this results in significant levels
of greenhouse gas emissions. While
attention to energy efficiencies (load reduction) at water facilities should
continue, the future must include the load shifting that would result from
cooperation between water and energy industries.
Discussion includes how Dynamic Optimization with power grid integration
would work in practice.
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