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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

Balancing Hotel Energy Use and Guest Comfort

HPAC Engineering, May 2015, by Jeff Raber.

"Though hotel guest rooms may hold great potential for cost savings, concerns about the impact of energy-efficiency initiatives on customer satisfaction have kept many hoteliers from investing in energy-management solutions. With recent advances in building-management systems (BMS) and sensors, however, the balance between energy savings and guest comfort easily can be struck."

High School LEEDership

Engineered Systems, May 2015, by Jeffrey Seewald and Corinne Wichser.

"Spurred by student initiative, this Minnesota magnet school has become the host for a unique collaboration focused on auditing and improving its mechanical and environmental performance. See how the partnership has gotten off to a solid start in conducting what is far from your average extra credit assignment."

Building on the Foundations of ISO 50001 for Greater Energy Efficiency

Environmental Leader: Environmental & Energy Management News, Apr. 20, 2015, by Alexandra Ortiz.

"The new International Standard requires an Energy Management System to be effective."

Getting to Outcome-Based Building Performance Event Report

New Building Institute, May 2015, by Mark Frankel and Jim Edelson.

"This report summarizes the work undertaken by a group of building industry thought leaders who gathered for a Performance Outcome Summit in August 2014 in Seattle, Washington. During a day and a half workshop, the group examined the opportunities, barriers and next steps that will transition the commercial building industry from estimating energy use, based on models in the design phase, to measuring real performance outcomes, based on actual energy use in an occupied building."

NREL Tool Finds Effective Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage Configurations

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) News Release, Mar. 9, 2015.

"The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has used the Battery Lifetime Analysis and Simulation Tool (BLAST) to confirm that energy storage for demand-charge management can deliver attractive economic benefits. The analysis paired recent utility rate structures with historic data on solar photovoltaic electricity generation and commercial facility loads to evaluate 6,860 unique scenarios. The results revealed that, in the absence of incentives, small battery systems reducing peak demand by 2.5 percent offer the most attractive return on investment."

Advanced Energy Now 2015 Market Report

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and Navigant Research, Mar. 2015.

"Advanced Energy Now 2015 Market Report is our third annual report on the size, growth, and trends in the advanced energy market, globally and in the United States. It traces the growth of our industry since publication of Economic Impacts of Advanced Energy in 2013. Beginning with that report, Navigant Research has been tracking global and U.S. revenue for AEE, with 2011 as the baseline. "

County [King County, WA] Trials Energy Tracking Software Used by Microsoft

Energy Manager Today, Mar. 3, 2015, by Linda Hardesty.

"King County, Washington, plans to pilot the same energy-tracking software that Microsoft uses to reduce energy consumption at many of its buildings. Seattle-based design firm MacDonald-Miller will install the software at five King County facilities for the two-year pilot project. Iconics developed the software using Microsoft’s cloud-based Azure platform."

6 Steps to Creating an Effective Energy Plan

Pumps & Systems, Nov. 2014, by Brenda Phillips & Raisa Johnson.

"Manufacturing and other plant operators—such as those who work in wastewater, water treatment and power generation—face the daily challenge of maintaining efficient operations. Manufacturing is the most energy-consuming market in the U.S. Recent data indicate a trend toward increasing energy prices for manufacturing processes. As the U.S. debates energy efficiency and carbon emissions, manufacturers will stand out as leaders in decreasing energy use and reducing carbon emissions."

The Energy Efficiency and Productivity Benefits of Smart Appliances and ICT-Enabled Networks: An Initial Assessment

ACEEE, Nov. 12, 2014, by John A. “Skip” Laitner, Matthew T. McDonnell, and Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez. [Requires free registration to download full report.]

"In a new ACEEE report, we’ve looked at this expanded use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and found that it could become a leading catalyst to boost greater economic productivity while saving money and reducing environmental impacts."

Next-Generation Energy Management: Solutions For The Next Level of Performance In Corporate Real Estate

Rocky Mountain Institute and CoreNet, Oct. 2014. [Free registration required to download report.]

"Inspired by CoreNet Global’s 2013 call for companies to strive for net-zero energy in their facilities, RMI and CoreNet co-wrote the recently released Next-Generation Energy Management report, providing a set of strategic solutions for corporate real estate professionals to achieve the highest goals practical and profitable for building energy performance."


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