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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: Energy Management

Energy Management


ESCOs Offer Energy Efficiency Without Inflated Upfront Costs

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, June 2, 2014, by Cherie Preville.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/126741-escos-offer-energy-efficiency-without-inflated-upfront-costs

"Energy Services Companies help buildings affordably trim energy usage."

Alleviate Your Energy Woes With Wireless Lighting Controls

Business Energy, May 2014, by Brent Protzman.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Alleviate_Your_
Energy_Woes_With_Wireless_Lighting_25497.aspx


"Commercial buildings in the United States have an installed base of 2.1 billion lamps—80% of which are linear fluorescent lamps. Despite the fact that lighting control strategies, including dimmers, occupancy sensors, timers, daylighting controls, and energy management systems (EMS), are acknowledged to yield very significant energy savings, fewer than 31% of these lamps are associated with any type of lighting controls in the field (Ashe et al. 2012)."

Smart Buildings Meet the Smart Grid

Business Energy, May 2014, by William Atkinson.
http://www.distributedenergy.com/DE/Articles/
Smart_Buildings_Meet_the_Smart_Grid_25499.aspx


"Building automation technology provides building owners with the opportunity to reduce energy consumption and energy costs, and benefits only increase when coordinated with utilities' smart grids."

New Frontiers in Energy Management [in Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants]

Business Energy, May 2014, by Penelope B. Grenoble.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/New_Frontiers_in_
Energy_Management_25501.aspx


"When facilities like wastewater treatment plants manage motor pumps, processes, and controls efficiently, customer relations improve along with operations."

First U.S. County Passes Energy Benchmarking Law

EcoBuilding Pulse, Apr. 30, 2014, by Katie Weeks.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/energy-efficiency/first-us-county-passes-energy-benchmarking-law_o.aspx

"Nine major U.S. cities already have energy benchmarking laws on their books, and now the first county in the country has joined their ranks. On April 22, Maryland's Montgomery County—a suburban county bordering Washington, D.C.—unanimously passed a package of nine energy bills that includes energy benchmarking legislation that will now require owners of large, nonresidential buildings to track and report their properties' energy use."

Is Your Facility Ready for ISO 50001 and SEP?

Superior Energy Performance™ (SEP), U.S. Department of Energy, Apr. 2014.
http://superiorenergyperformance.energy.gov/strategic_energy_management_checklist.html

"As you consider your manufacturing facility’s readiness for energy management, use the Strategic Energy Management Checklist to conduct a high-level assessment of your manufacturing facility’s energy management program and identify steps you can take to move to the next level."

Energy Costs: Balancing The Energy Equation

Building Operating Management, Apr. 2014, by John Lembo.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Energy-Master-Plan-Can-Help-Manage-Costs-On-Demand-Side-Supply-Side--14872?source=part

A 3-part article:
Part 1: Energy Master Plan Can Help Manage Costs On Demand Side, Supply Side
Part 2: Demand Side Management Helps Cut Energy Consumption, Costs
Part 3: Retrocommissioning Is Often Overlooked Way To Manage Energy Costs

Using BAS for M&V

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2014, by Moh Heidari.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/using-bas-for-m-v/49a3b0aa6578991ee5105693452093ba.html

"Without knowing the performance metrics of a building, measuring the success of the engineered systems is limited. Engineers should know the process for using BAS for measurement and verification (M&V) as a part of retro-commissioning in high-performance buildings."

Integrating and Optimizing Power and Mechanical Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2014, by Suzan X. Sun-Yuan and Mohsen Aghai.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/integrating-and-optimizing-power-and-mechanical-systems/4c73b34e4d119694b785fd6dc195a94f.html

"As the overall “brains” of the building, the BAS coordinates the work of all the building’s engineered systems, including the power management system. Overall building power demand requirements must be carefully evaluated by both mechanical and electrical engineers during design, with respect to the challenges of both disciplines." 

Onsite Energy Manager Pilot Programs: A Survey of Practices and Lessons Learned

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Research Report IE132, March 2014, by Christopher Russell. (Free registration required to view full-text.)
http://aceee.org/research-report/ie132

"Energy program administrators are sponsoring the placement of dedicated energy managers at industrial facilities to overcome the obstacles to energy optimization.  These pilot efforts seek to accelerate the pace and volume of industrial efficiency initiatives. This report describes five existing programs. The intent is to boost awareness of this program concept, which could be a critical component of future energy policy and program design."

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