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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.

 

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables


Accounting Methodology for Source Energy of Non-Combustible Renewable Electricity Generation

U.S. Dept. of Energy, EERE, Oct. 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/analysis/downloads/accounting-methodology-source-energy-non-combustible-renewable-electricity

"As non-combustible sources of renewable power (wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal) do not consume fuel, the “source” (or “primary”) energy from these sources cannot be accounted for in the same manner as it is for fossil fuel sources. The methodology chosen for these technologies is important as it affects the perception of the relative size of renewable source energy to fossil energy, affects estimates of source-based building energy use, and overall source energy based metrics such as energy productivity. This memo reviews the methodological choices, outlines implications of each choice, summarizes responses to a request for information on this topic, and presents guiding principles...."

4 Charts That Show Renewable Energy is on the Rise in America

Energy.gov, Nov. 14, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/4-charts-show-renewable-energy-rise-America

"The numbers are in and the verdict is clear: clean energy is on the rise, both at home and around the world. Last week..., the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, released the 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book. This annual publication illustrates the rapid progress that the United States and globe has seen on a variety of energy metrics over the past year – including electricity generation, investments, and technology-specific data."

How to Use Peer Diffusion to Make Better Homes a “Must Have”

RMI Outlet, Nov. 2, 2016, by Douglas Miller and Larry Zarker.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_11_02_how_to_use_peer_diffusion_to_make
_better_homes_a_must_have


Announcing a new Rocky Mountain Institute Report: Peer Diffusion: A Promising Way for Service Providers to Unlock Investments in Home Energy Upgrades.

5 Unanswered Questions After Tesla's Big Solar Roof and Battery Announcement

Utility Dive, Oct. 31, 2016, by Gavin Bade.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/5-unanswered-questions-after-teslas-big-solar-roof-and-battery-announcemen/429393/

".... Last Friday, CEO Elon Musk unveiled a slate of integrated solar roof and battery storage offerings that mimic the design of traditional roof shingles and eliminate the external mounted panel designDetails about the panel efficiency, battery life and overall cost were left out of Musk’s presentation, leaving a number of open questions about the sleek new Tesla offering and its potential impacts on the market."

Wave-Energy Project Puts B.C. at Forefront of Renewable Energy Research

Vancouver [BC] Metro, Oct. 11, 2016, by Wanyee Li.
http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2016/10/11/wave-energy-project-at-uvic-gets-funding-for-new-buoy.html

"University of Victoria (UVic) researchers are buying another wave-measuring buoy using new provincial funding in an effort to turn ocean waves into clean and renewable energy."

Wave Energy Researchers Dive Deep to Advance Clean Energy Source

Science Daily, Oct. 13, 2016.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161013130112.htm

"...engineers at Sandia National Laboratories are conducting the largest model-scale wave energy testing of its kind to improve the performance of wave-energy converters (WECs). The project is taking place at the U.S. Navy's Maneuvering and Sea Keeping facility at the Carderock Division in Bethesda, Maryland, one of the largest wave tanks in the world at 360 feet long and 240 feet wide and able to hold 12 million gallons of water."

Estimating Renewable Energy Economic Potential in the United States: Methodology and Initial Results

National Renewable Energy Lab, Aug. 2016 [NREL/TP-6A20-64503].
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy15osti/64503.pdf

"This report describes a geospatial analysis method to estimate the economic potential of several renewable resources available for electricity generation in the United States."

Looking North for Solutions [Canadian Windpower]

Wind Systems Magazine, Sept. 2016, by Jean François Nolet.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/1284/looking-north-for-solutions

"For years, Canada’s wind-energy industry has had the potential to expand its market through exports to the United States, but it is only now — bolstered by a perfect storm of supply-and-demand drivers — that the opportunity is finally becoming concrete."

Snohomish PUD Lands $3.5 Million Clean Energy Grant

Stanwood Camano News, Sept. 20, 2016.
http://www.scnews.com/news/article_b7c7181c-7ea9-11e6-9e1e-8b2855a54976.html

"To demonstrate new energy technologies including energy storage, a microgrid system, small-scale renewable energy and an electric "vehicle to grid” system, Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) will receive $3.5 million in matching funds from the Washington Clean Energy Fund."

U.S. Laws and Regulations for Renewable Energy Grid Interconnections

National Renewable Energy Lab, Sept. 2016, NREL/TP-6A20-66724.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy16osti/66724.pdf

"This report presents a brief chronological review of energy laws and regulations concerning grid interconnection procedures in the United States, highlighting the consequences of policies for renewable energy interconnections. Where appropriate, this report places interconnection policies and their impacts on renewable energy within the broader context of power market reform."
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