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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


Pushing the Envelope: PNC Tower, World's Greenest High-Rise, Is A Study In Simplicity

Building Operating Management, Apr. 2016, by Ronald Kovach.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/PNC-Tower-Worlds-Greenest-High-Rise-Is-A-Study-In-Simplicity--16527

"For all the complexity of its systems and building envelope, the structure that is being touted as the greenest high-rise in the world is also a study in simplicity. The Tower at PNC Plaza, which opened in October in Pittsburgh, is using that most primal of objects — the sun — to help create essential building systems, namely HVAC and lighting. And a gigantic solar-fired version of another fundamental — hot air rising up a chimney — is also a vital part of how the building works. At the same time, it is the sun that has created the structure’s biggest surprises."

Evaluating Chilled Water Cooling System Components

Chiller & Cooling Best Practices, May 2016, by Joe Leichner.
http://www.coolingbestpractices.com/technology/chillers/chillers-and-cooling-systems-weec-2015/evaluating-chilled-water-cooling-system-c

"While the chiller is the heart of a chilled water system, its support system of components and controls are equally critical to maintain and manage to ensure the highest system efficiency levels are attained. Emphasis is often placed on the chiller since it is the most visible and typically the highest energy element of a chilled water system. Yet, if you look beyond the flanges, there’s an opportunity to improve delivery of chilled water to the airside or process loads and maximize system efficiency."

Don’t Skip the Most Important Meeting of Your Energy Project

Compressed Air Best Practices, May 2016, by John Molnar.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/end-uses/don%E2%80%99t-skip-most-important-meeting-your-energy-project

"A meeting between the auditor, incenting organization, vendor, and end user can help maximize the benefits of any energy-saving project."

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."
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