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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 in Commercial Tenant Spaces - A Feasibility Study

U.S. Department of Energy, Apr. 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/downloads/energy-efficiency-separate-tenant-spaces-feasibility-study

"While commercial building owners generally have control over building systems and operations, tenants play a critical role in achieving lasting reductions in energy intensity. In recognition of this collaborative role, the Department of Energy has studied the feasibility of improving energy efficiency in tenant spaces. This study finds significant potential to improve energy efficiency during the design and construction of tenant spaces and describes several possible steps to encourage owners and tenants to improve the efficiency of those spaces."

How’d They Do It? Montpelier [VT] Team Slashes [Wastewater] Plant Energy Use

Treatment Plant Operator, May 2016, by Doug Day.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2016/05/howd_they_do_it_montpelier_team_slashes_plant_energy_use

"By refusing to be satisfied with established practices, the plant team in Vermont’s capital has slashed energy use and helped the city toward its net zero goal."

Unique Approach to High-Efficiency Laboratory-Exhaust Energy Recovery

HPAC Engineering, Apr. 2016, by Craig Buck.
http://hpac.com/iaq-ventilation/unique-approach-high-efficiency-laboratory-exhaust-energy-recovery

"The addition of adiabatic/evaporative exhaust cooling to a laboratory run-around-coil heat-recovery system at the College of Charleston [SC]."

Optimizing Irrigation

Water Efficiency, May 2016, by Don Talend.
http://foresternetwork.com/daily/water/irrigation/optimizing-irrigation-2/

"Irrigation monitoring systems save water and dollars--and often maximize the health of crops, plants, and turf."

Energy Savings in Electrical Distribution Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Apr. 2016, by Cameron Bellao.
https://www.csemag.com/single-article/energy-savings-in-electrical-distribution-systems/2d990c83c1337f2b887d739a1b1472f6.html

"Consider these energy efficiency options for retrofitting existing and designing new buildings’ electrical distribution systems."

Decoupling Spurs Energy Efficiency Investment

Intelligent Utility, Apr. 11, 2016.
http://www.intelligentutility.com/article/16/04/decoupling-spurs-energy-efficiency-investment

"This month in Electricity Journal, NRDC and Fresh Energy co-authored a paper that expands upon a credible and extensive body of research finding that, along with energy efficiency resource standards and performance incentives, decoupling elevates efficiency up the ladder of utility priorities. In reviewing data across five utilities in California, Idaho and Oregon, we identified a link between decoupling policies and elevated energy efficiency savings levels and program investment."

PG&E’s Newly Proposed Efficiency Program Is Simple. But It’s Based on a Revolutionary Concept

Greentech Media, Apr. 7, 2016, by Matt Golden.
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/PGEs-Newly-Proposed-Efficiency-Program-Is-Simple.-But-Its-Based-on-a-Rev

"In its proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), PG&E describes a residential pay-for-performance pilot that uses newly available and standardized energy and project data, combined with open-source standard methods to calculate savings, to enable a marketplace that pays for results measured at the meter, rather than upfront estimates."

Intelligent Efficiency & Continual Commissioning: Data Points

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Apr. 22, 2016, by Ethan Rogers.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/04/intelligent-efficiency-continual

"One of the more vexing challenges for those in the energy efficiency program sector is ensuring that savings resulting from the implementation of an efficiency measure persist over time. Fortunately, a solution exists: intelligent efficiency can prevent the degradation of energy savings, and in some instances increase savings over time."

Should we Promote Heat Pumps to Save Energy and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, May 4, 2016, by Steven Nadel.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/05/should-we-promote-heat-pumps-save

"In order to examine which applications are good for obtaining cost-effective energy savings from heat pumps, ACEEE conducted a pair of analyses that we are releasing today. One addresses opportunities to replace electric resistance heat with heat pumps and the other addresses replacing gas furnaces with heat pumps."

High-Performance High-Rise

Building Operating Management, Apr. 2016, by Saied A. Nazeri.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/hvac/article/High-Performance-HVAC-Helps-Bring-LEED-Platinum-to-350-Mission--16545

"The HVAC system at 350 Mission [San Francisco] aims for top marks in both energy efficiency and occupant satisfaction."
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