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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


5 Ways to Maximize Your Economizer Efficiency

Buildings, Jan. 2015, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18381/title/5-ways-to-maximize-your-economizer-efficiency.aspx

"Is your air conditioning bill running wild? Get your utility costs under control by adding an air-side economizer. This device draws in outside air as a form of free cooling. While the potential for savings is significant, facility managers can lose all of an economizer’s benefits if they fail to specify the right features and neglect maintenance. Follow these tips to lock in your economizer’s potential."

Doubling Energy Productivity by 2030

Engineered Systems, Jan. 2015, by John Galyen.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96921-doubling-energy-productivity-by-2030

"While energy efficiency remains at the forefront of trends impacting the HVACR industry, it’s not only efficiency that the industry — and country — needs to be thinking about. We also need to address energy productivity: increasing GDP while reducing energy use."

Multiple Benefits of Business-Sector Energy Efficiency: A Survey of Existing and Potential Measures

ACEEE, Jan. 2015, by Christopher Russell. (Need to register to view full-text.)
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/ie1501.pdf

"Businesses [large commercial, industrial, and institutional] that implement energy efficiency improvements often enjoy other benefits besides utility bill savings. However previous efforts to measure multiple benefits have been sporadic and far from rigorous. Still, evidence suggests that including non-energy impacts can reduce the payback time of some energy efficiency improvements by 50% or better. This report draws on expert interviews and a synthesis of existing literature to describe energy efficiency’s multiple benefits to business enterprises."

Seattle Municipal Buildings: 2012-2013 Energy Performance Report

City of Seattle, Dec. 2014.
http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/OSE/2014-12-11%20EnergyPerformanceReport_2013_FINAL.pdf

"The City of Seattle has set an ambitious target to be a carbon neutral community by 2050. To get there, the entire community needs to reduce its environmental impact and City government must be a leader and an active participant. This report demonstrates that leadership by publicly sharing the results of the City’s work to rate the energy efficiency, or "energy performance" of City-owned facilities."

Energy Efficiency: The Secret Revolution

Solutions Journal, Rocky Mountain Institute, Summer 2014, by Amory Lovins.
https://medium.com/solutions-journal-summer-2014/energy-efficiency-the-secret-revolution-87076f0b6026

"How low can we go in the efficiency limbo? Nobody knows — but we’re far from any practical limit, and the frontiers keep expanding. Every gain in smart thermostats and superwindows, in LEDs and motors, in process equipment and computers, locks in more “negawatts” that further reduce our energy intensity."

Report: Utility Spending on Energy Efficiency Soars as Supportive State Policies Are Expanded

Power Magazine, Dec. 2014, by Sonal Patel.
http://www.powermag.com/report-utility-spending-on-energy-efficiency-soars-as-supportive-state-policies-are-expanded/

"Electric utility spending and budgets for customer-funded energy efficiency programs have seen a 30% boost compared to 2010 levels and could double by 2025, thanks to expanding state policies, an updated report from the Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI) suggests."

Energy-efficient Design with Masonry Construction

The Construction Specifier, Nov. 2014, by Richard Filloramo.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/energy-efficient-design-with-masonry-construction/

"Masonry materials and wall assemblies, with their inherent thermal mass characteristics, provide designers with many options to achieve efficient designs. Architects and engineers have to make new decisions to reduce their projects’ energy consumption, requiring close collaboration and coordination with building and energy codes, along with construction documents."

IRP vs. EERS: There’s One Clear Winner Among State Energy Efficiency Policies

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Blog, Dec. 16, 2014, by Martin Kushler.
http://aceee.org/blog/2014/12/irp-vs-eers-there-s-one-clear-winner-

"With Ohio and Indiana having recently made major changes to their utility energy efficiency policy, and other states like Florida and Arizona considering it, this is an important time to review the evidence about the relative effectiveness of state policies designed to encourage cost-effective energy efficiency."

CA Clean Energy Loan Program Grew 10 Times Bigger in 2014

Utility Dive, Dec. 17, 2014, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/ca-clean-energy-loan-program-grew-10-times-bigger-in-2014/345321/

"California’s programs to fund energy efficiency retrofits and distributed generation installations for homes and businesses backed about $600 million in projects in 2014, up from about $60 million in 2013, Greentech Media reports. About 75% of the funding went to energy efficiency and 25% to distributed generation."

Investigating EIFS Performance Across Climates: Exterior Insulation and Finishing Systems Studied in Long-term Test

The Construction Specifier, Nov. 2014, by Ulf Wolf.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/investigating-eifs-performance-across-climates-exterior-insulation-and-finishing-systems-studied-in-long-term-test/

"Between January of 2005 and June of 2007, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) undertook an extensive EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA)-sponsored trial comparing the moisture and temperature management properties of several exterior insulation and finishing system configurations with those of other claddings in a hot and humid climate. Now, a new third phase of the study is demonstrating the assembly’s potential for other climate zones."
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