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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


Heat Pump Water Heaters Save Energy and Money

NRDC, Nov. 30, 2016, by Pierre Delforge, Christina Swanson, and Eric Weiner.
https://www.nrdc.org/experts/pierre-delforge/very-cool-heat-pump-water-heaters-save-energy-and-money

"A new NRDC study shows that water heaters that use high efficiency heat pump technology—the same process that keeps your refrigerator cold—can cut the amount of electricity used to heat water by half or more, saving significant amounts of energy and money on your household electricity bills."

A Policymaker’s Guide to Smart Manufacturing

Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, Nov. 30, 2016, by Stephen Ezell.
https://itif.org/publications/2016/11/30/policymakers-guide-smart-manufacturing

"Smart manufacturing—the application of information technologies to manufacturing processes—is poised to transform how products are designed, fabricated, serviced, and used. But to speed this transformation, the federal government needs smarter policies for smart manufacturing."

How Understanding the Psychology of Energy Efficiency Can Help Protect the Environment

ACEEE Blog, Dec. 1, 2016, by Reuven Sussman. 
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/12/how-understanding-psychology-energy

"Why do some people take action to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprints while others do not? Environmental psychologists, behavioral economists and other social scientists have all investigated this question, and come up with a variety of answers. A new report [Social Mobilization: How to Encourage Action on Climate Change], sponsored by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and co-authored by ACEEE, explains the psychology of individual energy efficiency actions, and how large scale behavior change programs can use this research to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

Companies Are Getting Strategic About Their Energy Use: Five Key Trends

Forbes, Nov. 14, 2016, by Liz Delaney.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/edfenergyexchange/2016/11/14/companies-are-getting-strategic-about-their-energy-use-5-key-trends/#62c96c1544b0

"Energy management has evolved since we dispatched our first EDF Climate Corps fellows back in 2008 to jumpstart corporate energy efficiency programs in America. ....After careful analysis of more than 3,200 energy project recommendations, we identified five key trends."

Low-Income Energy Efficiency Quick Start Guide

Bonneville Power Administration and LIEE Workgroup, Nov. 2016.
https://www.bpa.gov/EE/Policy/Documents/Second%20Edition%20Quick%20Start%20Guide%20with%20Appendices.pdf

"This document is intended to help participants learn the history, background, and procedures for serving low-income customers. This Quick Start Guide was developed using information that has been gathered and shared in the LIEE Workgroup meetings with additional components deemed necessary to "stitch together" the information in a comprehensive manner."

10 Energy Saving Tips To Gobble Up This Thanksgiving

Edison Electric Institute.
http://www.eei.org/resourcesandmedia/energynews/Pages/10%20Energy%20Saving%20Tips%20To%20Gobble%20Up%20This%20Thanksgiving.aspx

"With help from the Edison Electric Institute, you can ensure your electric bill will look as good as your Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of overcooking the turkey and your electric bill this Thanksgiving, check out our top ten tips for an energy efficient holiday."

Energy Efficiency Financing: Barriers and Opportunities in the Small Utility Market

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Nov. 1, 2016, by Christine Grant and Patrick Keegan.
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/energy-efficiency-financing-barriers-and-opportunities-in-the-small-utility-market.pdf

"High upfront costs and a lack of easily accessible financing are commonly cited as the key barriers to investments in energy efficiency (EE). If designed and implemented optimally, EE financing can be an important tool for catalyzing EE market transformation."

How Residential Utility Programs Could Reach More Diverse Households

ACEEE, Nov. 13, 2016, by Marti Frank.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/11/how-residential-utility-programs

"Many energy efficiency programs are designed around measures rather than people. These “untargeted” programs focus on meeting energy savings and cost-effectiveness goals, and are ostensibly impartial about the characteristics of the households that receive the offering. Our new examination of program demographics shows how, in practice, untargeted programs often limit participant diversity."

BPA 2016-2021 Energy Efficiency Action Plan (Draft)

Bonneville Power Administration, Oct. 2016.
https://www.bpa.gov/EE/Policy/EEPlan/Documents/BPA_EE_Action_Plan_
Draft_External_Review.pdf


"In February 2016, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council released the Seventh Power Plan. This plan identifies the energy efficiency savings potential in the Northwest and establishes a regional savings goal. BPA has committed to achieving a share of the goal established in the Power Plan and developed the EE Action Plan to define our strategy for doing so. The Action Plan forecasts how public power will achieve the savings goals through a variety of EE programs and other channels like market transformation and Momentum Savings as well as identifying the budget required to do so."

How to Use Peer Diffusion to Make Better Homes a “Must Have”

RMI Outlet, Nov. 2, 2016, by Douglas Miller and Larry Zarker.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_11_02_how_to_use_peer_diffusion_to_make
_better_homes_a_must_have


Announcing a new Rocky Mountain Institute Report: Peer Diffusion: A Promising Way for Service Providers to Unlock Investments in Home Energy Upgrades.
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