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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


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."

Building Automation Systems: Internet of Things Meets Facilities Management

SearchITChannel, Jan. 2014, by John Moore.
http://searchitchannel.techtarget.com/feature/Building-automation-systems-Internet-of-Things-meets-facilities-management

Addresses opportunities to deploy integrated building automation systems and bringing the "Internet of Things" into the realm of facilities management. "Systems that control such building functions as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); security; refrigeration; and lighting have historically operated as standalone entities. They have also, for the most part, occupied a proprietary niche, separated from mainstream IT systems and standards. This isolation, however, is beginning to give way to a more cohesive environment. Integrators and resellers focusing on building automation now look to bridge the gaps among their customers' systems."

A Penny Saved... Recent Advances in HVAC System Controls and Operational Efficiency

Business Energy, Jan./Feb. 2014, by Daniel P. Duffy
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/A_Penny_Saved__24310.aspx

"A properly operating heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is a lot like a football lineman. When it is running perfectly, you don’t even know it is there. Recent advances in efficiency, operating controls, durability, and “smart” applications can make your HVAC system even more unnoticeable."

World Changing Ideas

Green Builder, Jan. 2014.
http://content.yudu.com/A2iil1/GreenBuilderJan2014/resources/index.htm (Scroll to page 11.)

"With help from our friends at Sustainia, here's a list of 25 of the most powerful technologies and ideas that will soon change our world in profound ways. From gravity powered LEDs to wireless car chargers, these are the good ideas that (we believe) won't go away." Close to half are energy related or have energy implications.

Energy Efficiency: Information Drives HVAC Savings

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2014, by Jerome Conraud.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Information-Technology-Help-McGill-University-Save-On-HVAC-Costs--14649

A 5-part article on the Energy Management Information System (EMIS) at McGill University:
  1. Information, Technology Help McGill University Save On HVAC Costs.
  2. Energy Management Information System Helps McGill University Cut Down On HVAC Energy Usage.
  3. Focus On Demand Can Help Cut HVAC Energy Costs.
  4. Energy Audits, Retrocommissioning Are Keys To Energy Management Plan.
  5. Set Design Standards, Review Them Often To Maximize HVAC Energy Savings.

Controls: 6 Steps to Better BAS Performance

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2014, by James Piper.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/buildingautomation/article/Proper-BAS-Installation-Operation-Are-Keys-To-Reaching-Systems-Potential--14662

A 4-part article on optimizing Building Automation Systems (BAS):
  1. Proper BAS Installation, Operation Are Keys To Reaching System's Potential.
  2. Operator Training, Adequate Staffing Levels Help Reach Full Potential Of BAS.
  3. To Maximize BAS Benefits, Focus On Overcoming Resistance To Change, Bad Habits.
  4. Retrocommissioning Keeps BAS Working At Peak Efficiency.

The Impact of Cloud Computing on the Development of Intelligent Buildings

Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), Jan. 2013, by Casey Talon, Senior Analyst with IDC Energy Insights.
http://docs.caba.org/documents/CABA-cloud-tecnology-white-paper.pdf

A new white paper from CABA's Intelligent & Integrated Building Council (IIBC) that "assesses and promotes the next generation of intelligent building technologies, plus a whole-building approach that optimizes building performance and savings through the integration of enterprise cloud technology."
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