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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


Energy Efficiency: Data Should Drive Energy Upgrades

Building Operating Management, July 2015, by Richard Lubinski.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Understanding-How-Data-Should-Drive-Energy-Upgrades--16041

"It’s important for facility managers to understand the importance of data before, during, and after energy efficiency projects. Data can be your friend. Data — which as we’ll see, comes from such sources as utility bills, meters, submeters, and data loggers — guides energy audits (also called energy assessments) that lead to the creation of energy conservation measures (ECMs) that in turn will serve the building’s interests. Those audits also provide reliable estimates of energy savings and return on investment (ROI) — an important benefit, since measurement and verification (M&V) are essential with energy upgrades."

Using Less Energy to Keep Drinks Cold

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Aug. 5, 2015, by Joanna Mauer.
http://aceee.org/blog/2015/08/using-less-energy-keep-drinks-cold

"Late yesterday, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed strong new standards that would reduce the energy consumed by beverage vending machines to keep drinks cold. The proposed standards would cut energy use by 25-65% relative to the least-efficient machines available now, and save money for schools, hospitals, hotels, and other businesses and institutions where beverage vending machines are used."

Deep Energy Retrofits Using Energy Savings Performance Contracts: Success Stories

Rocky Mountain Institute, Aug. 2015.
http://www.rmi.org/Content/Files/Deep_Energy_Retrofits_Using_ESPC.pdf

"Energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) have become a key mechanism for energy efficiency upgrades in recent years, with the federal market now exceeding $1 billion in gross annual revenue. ESPCs allow federal agencies to partner with an energy service company (ESCO) in order to complete energy savings projects without upfront capital costs or Congressional appropriations. This report showcases eight case studies that highlight best practices in federal ESPCs. Highlighted projects—including seven federal and one municipal project—cumulatively exceed 600 billion BTUs in energy savings, with an average 58% energy use reduction."

International Energy Efficiency Scorecard

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Aug. 2015, by Rachel Young and others.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/intl-self-scoring-8-19-15.pdf

"ACEEE's biennial International Energy Efficiency Scorecard evaluates the energy efficiency policies and performance of the top energy-consuming countries of the world. Now we have developed a new version of the Excel-based International Scorecard Self-Scoring Tool that applies the data and methodology of the 2014 Scorecard and extends the reach of its analysis. Users of the tool can input qualitative and quantitative data from their own country, region, or smaller jurisdiction to get a snapshot of their energy efficiency progress compared to 16 of the world’s largest economies. The tool generates custom energy efficiency scores using 31 metrics in areas such as national policy, buildings, industry, and transportation, as well as an overall score out of a possible 100 points."

Expensive Doesn’t Always Mean Efficient: Correctly Sizing, Selecting, and Installing Equipment...

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, June 22, 2015, by Joanna R. Turpin.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/129879-expensive-doesnt-always-mean-efficient

"HVAC systems now come with higher efficiencies than ever, with air-source cooling equipment surpassing the 25-SEER mark and gas furnaces achieving more than 98 percent AFUE. Customers who pay for these highly efficient (and expensive) systems expect them to achieve those ratings and provide superior comfort, and, if they don’t, they are often disappointed and even angry. When high-end equipment does not live up to consumer expectations, the culprit is almost always improper installation.

The bottom line: Properly sizing, selecting, and installing HVAC equipment is critical to ensuring energy efficiency and comfort
."

Teaching the Arithmetic of Deep Retrofit Value

Rocky Mountain Institute, July 28, 2015, by David Labrador.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2015_07_28_the_arithmetic_of_deep_retrofit_value

"Does it make business sense to do a deep energy retrofit on a commercial building? Many investors currently overlook the retrofit’s value beyond its energy cost savings, but now their asset managers will be able to do a more complete calculation and paint a fuller picture of a retrofit’s value. Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) have partnered to create a series of online courses that debuted this month."

ACEEE Presents Four 2015 Champion of Energy Efficiency in Industry Awards

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Aug. 6, 2015, Patrick Kiker.
http://aceee.org/press/2015/08/aceee-presents-four-2015-champion

"The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) presented four Champion of Energy Efficiency Awards last night at its Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry. The awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the industrial energy efficiency field. Winners are selected based on demonstrated excellence in industrial leadership, lifetime achievement, research and development, implementation and deployment, or energy policy."

Addressing the Energy-Intensive Marijuana Industry in Oregon

Energy Efficiency Markets, July 28, 2015, by Lisa Cohn.
http://energyefficiencymarkets.com/addressing-energy-intensive-marijuana-industry/

"With recreational marijuana now legal in the state of Oregon, there’s growing interest in how to address the energy-intensive marijuana industry. Until the state works out the details of a law — effective July 1 — legalizing recreational marijuana, it is now only legal to grow medical marijuana in Oregon.  But there’s concern that once the industry gears up later this year, the growers will draw large amounts of energy. In fact, an article in a Portland paper, the Portland Business Journal, asked, 'Is it Time for LEED Weed?'"

Laboratory Assessment of Stiebel-Eltron Accelera 220 E Heat Pump Water Heater

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), July 30, 2015, by Nicholas Kvaltine and Ben Larson (Ecotope, Inc.)
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/laboratory-assessment-of-stiebel-eltron-accelera-220-e-heat-pump-water-heater.pdf?sfvrsn=4

"The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) contracted with Ecotope, Inc. and Cascade Engineering Services, Inc. to conduct a laboratory assessment of the Stiebel-Eltron Accelera 220 E heat pump water heater (HPWH) for northern climate installations. Cascade Engineering evaluated the Accelera 220 E using a testing plan developed by Ecotope to assess HPWH performance. Overall, the results suggest that the Stiebel-Eltron Accelera 220 E is a highly-efficient water heater."

Competitiveness of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in U.S. Markets

Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEE), June 2015.
http://info.aee.net/hubfs/PDF/RE-EE-Competitiveness.pdf?t=1438010695710

"Questions have been raised about whether renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) resources can provide substantial emission reductions at reasonable cost under EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP). These concerns reflect fundamental misperceptions about the performance and cost of today’s renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, rooted in outdated information and perpetuated by inaccurate official market projections. This paper shows that RE and EE are competitive resources in today’s marketplace that will not only be cost-effective mechanisms for CPP compliance but should also be expected to grow strictly on the basis of competitiveness."
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