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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


Gamified Energy Efficiency Programs

ACEEE, Feb. 2015, by Susan Mazur-Stommen, Kate Farley, and Steven Nadel.
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/b1501.pdf

"Gamification turns a real-world activity into a game to make people more likely to do it. Over the past five years, utilities and third-party providers have developed scores of games that motivate and encourage people to save energy. This report describes and analyzes 22 of these games in depth and surveys 31 others. It takes program designers through the steps of developing a game, explains how games motivate players to reduce their energy use, and analyzes the characteristics of the most successful gamified solutions. Preliminary evidence indicates that gamified energy efficiency programs can achieve savings of 3–6% among a sizable number of participants."

The Impact of Energy Efficient Design and Construction on LIHTC Housing in Virginia

Report to Housing Virginia by the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, Feb. 10, 2015.
http://files.ctctcdn.com/8811fceb001/13f4c1d8-6789-4605-96a0-8565b49cf03c.pdf

"The purpose of this report is to identify and verify possible benefits of the shift in housing policy by the Virginia Housing development Authority (VHDA) to encourage energy efficiency (EE) in the affordable rental stock in Virginia through the LIHTC [Low-Income Housing Tax Credits] program. The research addresses key issues related to energy efficiency and affordable housing through a rigorous measurement of economic impacts for low-income residents, distinguishing the effects of design, construction, technologies and behavior per unit."


Advancing Elevator Energy Efficiency

ACEEE, Jan. 2015, by Harvey Sachs, Harry Misuriello, and Sameer Kwatra.
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/a1501.pdf

"This paper describes recent advances in energy-saving elevator technologies and recommends a path for accelerating the uptake of these new capabilities. New building codes are stimulating the adoption of modern systems that can save more than 40% of current annual energy use. ACEEE recommends actions by manufacturers, ASHRAE, public benefits programs (including utility incentives), voluntary labeling programs, and government to encourage further innovation. We recommend that industry adopt an efficiency rating system and an industry-owned premium product label."

How ASHRAE Standard 90.1 Contributes to Integrated Design

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Feb. 2015, by Rodney V. Oathout, and Ruairi Barnwell.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/how-ashrae-standard-901-contributes-to-integrated-design/b65adcbb0780de5bdda67301e25338c3.html

"ASHRAE Standard 90.1 is under continuous maintenance. This article focuses on the recent evolution of this standard, the impact on energy and performance, the design process, and how human interaction can improve energy efficiency."

Energy Efficiency as a T&D Resource

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), Jan. 2015, by Chris Neme & Jim Grevatt, of the Energy Futures Group.
http://www.neep.org/sites/default/files/products/EMV-Forum-Geo-Targeting_Final_2015-01-20.pdf

"This report focuses on the role efficiency can play in deferring utility transmission and distribution (T&D) system investments. In particular, it addresses the role that intentional targeting of efficiency programs to specific constrained geographies – either by itself or in concert with demand  response, distributed generation and/or other “non-wires alternatives” (NWAs)2 – can play in deferring such investments. The report focuses primarily on electric T&D deferral, since that is where efforts in this area have focused to date. However, the concepts should be equally applicable to natural gas delivery infrastructure."

Energy Smart Industrial: Five Years of Enormous Savings [BPA]

Bonneville Power Administration Newsroom, Feb. 5, 2015.
http://www.bpa.gov/news/newsroom/Pages/Energy-Smart-Industrial-five-years-of-enormous-savings.aspx

"The Bonneville Power Administration’s Energy Smart Industrial program is helping companies better manage their energy use and reduce costs. Since 2009, BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities have partnered with 473 industrial companies on projects that have collectively saved more than 647 million kilowatt-hours of electricity — enough energy to power nearly 60,000 homes for a year."

Lower Load Growth Expectations for 7th Plan Don’t Reduce Importance of Energy Efficiency

NW Energy Coalition, Feb. 6, 2015.
http://www.nwenergy.org/news/lower-load-growth-expectations-for-7th-plan-dont-reduce-importance-of-energy-efficiency/

"Northwest Power and Conservation Council [NPPC]staff expect significantly slower growth in energy demand over the next 20 years than was predicted in the sixth regional power plan five years ago. This preliminary projection marks a critical step in the Council’s development of the 7th Northwest Power and Conservation Plan."

Proposed Energy Conservation Standard for Hearth Products

U.S. Dept. of  Energy, Jan. 28, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/downloads/2015-01-28-issuance-energy-conservation-standard-hearth-products-nopr

"This document is a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking [NOPR] and public meeting regarding energy conservation standards for hearth products, as issued by the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency on January 28, 2015."

Adopting a Whole Building Systems Approach to Energy Efficiency

Business Energy, Dec. 2014, by Drake Erbe, Richard Lord, and Robert Wilkins.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Adopting_a_Whole_Building_Systems_Approach_to_Ener_27631.aspx

"A new approach is needed to advance energy efficiency in buildings. A multitude of trends and innovations offer new opportunities for progress increasingly converging on the prospect of a new basic concept: whole building systems."

The Ways of Warehouses and Other Large Facilities

Business Energy, Dec. 2014, by Matt M. Casey.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/The_Ways_of_Warehouses_and_
Other_Large_Facilities_27625.aspx


"Assessing industrial and commercial spaces for efficiency upgrades."
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