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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 Efficiency

Energy Efficiency


Smart Manufacturing Improves Energy Efficiency

American Machinist, Apr. 12, 2017, by Megan Ray Nichols.
http://americanmachinist.com/automation/smart-manufacturing-improves-energy-efficiency

"Most of us understand how Smart Manufacturing can improve operational efficiency across the board. What many manufacturers don't consider is the resulting improvement in energy efficiency that also can be achieved. Not only is this next-gen approach to production planning and execution leading to heightened productivity and output, but it's also paving the way for “greener” operations in the near future."

[CEE] Report: Efficiency, Demand Response Spending Continues to Rise, Nears $9B

Utility Dive, Apr. 5, 2017, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/report-efficiency-demand-response-spending-continues-to-rise-nears-9b/439566/

"Utilities continue to recognize the value of conservation and are spending more than ever on demand side management programs, with the bulk of that going into energy efficiency, according to a new report from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). [Their] 11th Annual Industry Report finds energy efficiency and demand response program spending reached $8.7 billion in 2015, up 1% from 2014 levels. About 15% of the spending went towards natural gas programs, with the remainder on the electric side."

Optimize Pumps with Digital Data

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2017, by David Drake.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps-pumps/march-2017-optimize-pumps-digital-data

"The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a wave of innovation that turns machinery into intelligent equipment through cloud-networked sensors and software. IIoT has the potential to become one of the biggest drivers of global productivity in the next decade as machines, technology and humans further integrate and unleash an unprecedented level of efficiency. The pump sector is well-positioned to reap the rewards of what many are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution."

Efficient Freezing, Cooling Need Not Sacrifice Performance [Food Processing]

Food Engineering, Mar. 2017, by Casey Laughman.
http://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/96559-efficient-freezing-cooling-need-not-sacrifice-performance

"Careful planning, consistent operations can ensure processors strike a balance between performance and energy conservation."

Play Ball! American Baseball Stadiums Round the Bases on Energy Efficiency

U.S. Dept. of Energy, Apr. 3, 2017 by Jason Hartke.
https://energy.gov/eere/articles/play-ball-american-baseball-stadiums-round-bases-energy-efficiency

"As Americans gear up to “root, root, root for the home team” on Major League Baseball’s (MLB’s) Opening Day, they might be too focused on the games to notice that their stadium is more efficient than it used to be. Professional ballparks average 1 million square feet and together host more than 73 million Americans each year – which means there are a lot of opportunities for improvements that enhance visitor experience, save stadium owners and operators money, and reduce energy and water use."

How to Plan a Successful Energy Efficiency Upgrade

Building Operating Management, Mar. 2017, by Lindsay Audin.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Plan-Audit-Commission-Measure-and-Verify-Steps-To-A-Successful-Energy-Upgrade--17074

"When developing ways to improve energy efficiency in commercial facilities, two words stand out: Plan ahead. While some efficiency options are almost literally plug-and-play, maximizing benefits while avoiding pitfalls involves steps taken long before choices are made and equipment specified. New technologies, incentives, and codes need to be integrated into any strategy for saving money through energy use reduction. Done well, those steps may lead to higher quality, greater savings, lower costs, and happier occupants." An article in 3-parts.

EmPOWER Maryland Will Create 68,000 New Jobs and Boost GDP in Maryland

ACEEE Blog, Mar. 6, 2017.
http://aceee.org/press/2017/03/empower-maryland-will-create-68000

"Maryland could gain more than 68,000 new jobs and $3.75 billion in new gross domestic product as a result of investments to be made over the next 10 years through the EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency program, according to a new study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The study comes as the Maryland General Assembly debates bipartisan legislation to extend EmPOWER Maryland and establish new statewide energy efficiency goals."

Codes and Standards For Energy Conservation

The Construction Specifier, Mar. 2017, by Anthony Katona.
https://www.constructionspecifier.com/codes-and-standards-for-energy-conservation/

"Concerns with global warming and energy consumption mean design/construction professionals need a better understanding of how these topics affect commercial buildings. This article presents an overview of the effects U.S. model building and energy codes—along with industry standards—have on low-slope roofs (assembled with insulation above the roof deck) and exterior masonry walls."

Should Utility Prepay Plans be Considered Energy Efficiency Programs?

ACEEE Blog, Feb. 28, 2017, by Ariel Drehobl.
http://aceee.org/blog/2017/02/should-utility-prepay-plans-be

"Utility proposals for customer prepayment plans are on the rise. These payment plans require customers to pay in advance for their utility services and, if they run out of prepaid credit, they are remotely disconnected from service until they top up their credit. While utilities can benefit from these plans because of reduced financial risks from overdue payments and other reduced service costs, many consumer advocates are concerned about these plans’ effects on health and safety, particularly for low-income participants. Some utilities and prepay advocates claim that prepayment influences customers to save energy. If this is true, should prepay plans be considered energy efficiency programs?"

Energy Savings Can Be Fun, But No Need To Turn Off All The Lights

NPR, Mar. 7, 2017, by Ingrid Lobet.
http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2017/03/07/518175670/energy-savings-can-be-fun-but-no-need-to-turn-off-all-the-lights

"A new company is doing more than just monitoring electricity use. It's making tracking your electrical data fun. Steve Reed of San Diego says he signed up for free with OhmConnect. He was eager to see how much his family could cut back on electricity at times when there is a high demand for it in the area. Soon, he got a text prompting him to lower use for an hour — from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. the next day. The service includes an interactive map of where your electricity is coming from. Curtis Tongue, one of OhmConnect's co-founders, says it makes climate change and pollution less remote and gives people a way to do something purposeful."
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