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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 


Making the Switch from Coal to Biomass [CHP]

Cogeneration and On-site Power Production, Mar. 2015, by Thomas Krause and Yaqoub Al-Khasawneh.
http://digital.cospp.com/cospp/20150304?sub_id=yZyIjhafYfpz&folio=24#pg26

A case study of a Danish power station: "With specific modifications, a bituminous coal-firing CHP system can be converted to operate with wood or other biomass pellets."

Thermal Bypasses Can Thwart the Best HVAC Systems

IE3 (Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency), Mar 12, 2015, by Allison Bailes III.
http://www.ie3media.com/thermal-bypasses-can-thwart-best-hvac-systems/

"It seems so simple. There’s outside, and there’s inside. The walls, ceilings, and floors that separate the cold outside from the warm inside should be the only surfaces that rob heat from a home. Interior walls have conditioned space on both sides, so they shouldn’t be a problem, right?"

ACCA Initiates New Standard On HVAC System Design For Energy Efficient Homes

Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Press Release, Mar. 23, 2015.
http://www.acca.org/release/acca-initiates-new-standard-hvac-system-design-energy-efficient-homes/

"The Air Conditioning Contractors of America Educational Institute (ACCA-EI) Standards Task Team (STT) announces the initiation of development of BSR/ACCA 16 Manual E-201x, “HVAC System Design for Energy Efficient Homes” as a new industry standard. This standard will provide procedures to design/select HVAC systems and equipment for low-load homes that will achieve satisfactory indoor conditions with lower equipment capacity; i.e., resolving ventilation and moisture requirements/issues with low air volume systems while addressing occupant comfort, health, and safety."

White House Announces New Executive Order To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Federal Government

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), EERE, FEMP Press Release, Mar. 19, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/femp/articles/white-house-announces-new-executive-order-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions-federal

"The White House today announced that President Obama issued a new executive order that will cut the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions 40% over the next decade (from 2008 levels) and increase the share of electricity the federal government consumes from renewable sources to 30%. According to the White House, the President’s executive order will build on the federal government’s progress in reducing emissions to promote more sustainability actions over the next 10 years."

Industrial Companies Earn State Energy Efficiency Awards [WA]

Washington State University (WSU) News, Mar. 25, 2015.
https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/25/industrial-companies-earn-state-energy-efficiency-awards/#.VRMFnfnF_Tp

"Gov. Jay Inslee today honored nine industrial companies in Washington for outstanding leadership in improved energy performance at the third annual Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards ceremony in Olympia."

EPA Announces 70 Top Performing Energy Star Certified Manufacturing Plants in 29 States/ Across the Country

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) News Release, Mar. 9, 2015.
http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac8525735900400c27/24ff1fb1bcd5355785257e03005d9f29!OpenDocument

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that 70 manufacturing plants have achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2014. Together, these manufacturing plants saved a record amount of energy, cut their energy bills by $725 million, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 8 million metric tons –equivalent to the annual total energy use of more than 650,000 households."

Go with the Flow: How Flow Meters Can Help Improve Plant Efficiency

Compressed Air Best Practices, Mar. 2015, by Scott A. Williams.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/technology/instrumentation/go-flow-how-flow-meters-can-help-improve-plant-efficiency

"Plug an electrical device into an outlet. Does it work? Great! For some people that’s all that matters. When it comes to compressed air, many manufacturing plants operate the same way. As long as there is enough air, that’s all that matters. But what if cost control also matters to your company? Smart compressed air users may already know how much air they’re producing, but they also want to know how much air they’re using—and whether they’re using it productively. To find out, they’re taking accurate, real-time measurements using flow meters."

ACEEE Introduces Updated Website and Launches smarterhouse.org, New Home of Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Mar. 2, 2015, by Eric Schwass.
http://aceee.org/blog/2015/03/aceee-introduces-updated-website-and

"ACEEE celebrates its 35thanniversary this year. To commemorate that milestone, we’ve updated the design of our online home, aceee.org, to include larger, darker text, a simpler layout, and bigger images."

Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Unveils New Crowdsourcing Website for Building Technologies

U.S. Department of Energy, EERE News Release, Mar. 2, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-s-oak-ridge-national-laboratory-unveils-new-crowdsourcing-website

"As part of the Energy Department's efforts to improve the energy efficiency of the nation's homes and buildings, lower energy costs, and enhance U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing, the Energy Department today launched the new Buildings Crowdsourcing Community website. Administered by the Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the new site, buildings.ideascale.com, will help technology innovators collect, share and evaluate input from customers and other stakeholders about next-generation building technologies."
Note: Deadline to participate is May 31, 2015.

Energy Department Releases New Wind Report, Examines Future of Industry

U.S. Department of Energy News Release, Mar. 12, 2015.
http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-releases-new-wind-report-examines-future-industry

"The Energy Department today released a new report looking at the future of wind power through 2050 and the economic benefits that come with a robust wind industry. The report, Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States, confirms that with technological advancements driving projected cost reductions, in combination with continued siting and transmission development, wind power can be economically deployed to provide renewable power in all 50 states."
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