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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


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."

Next Step Homes Phase 1: Savings Validation

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Apr. 21, 2016.
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/next-step-homes-phase-1-savings-validation.pdf

"The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is leading a regional effort called Next Step Homes. The program encourages the design and construction of homes that are capable of achieving energy efficiencies significantly greater than required by current code. Energy 350 conducted a savings validation study for the 12 homes constructed in Phase I of the program."

Lifting the High Energy Burden in America’s Largest Cities: How Energy Efficiency Can Improve Low Income and Underserved Communities

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Apr. 20, 2016, by Ariel Drehobl and Lauren Ross.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/u1602.pdf

"Energy burden is the percentage of household income spent on home energy bills. In this report we measure the energy burden of households in 48 of the largest American cities. We find that low-income, African-American, Latino, low-income multifamily, and renter households all spend a greater proportion of their income on utilities than the average family. We also identify energy efficiency as an underutilized strategy that can help reduce high energy burdens by as much as 30%. Given this potential, we describe policies and programs to ramp up energy efficiency investments in low-income and underserved communities."

Grist Q&A: Can you grow pot with LED lights?

Grist, Apr. 21, 2016, Umbra.
http://grist.org/living/can-you-grow-pot-with-led-lights/

"Can marijuana be grown as effectively under LED lighting and proper climate control rather than energy-sucking heat lamps?"

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