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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


IEA Marks Energy Efficiency As World’s “First Fuel,” Worth $310 Billion

CleanTechnica, Oct. 8, 2014, by Joshua S. Hill.
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/10/08/iea-marks-energy-efficiency-worlds-first-fuel-worth-310-billion/

"A new report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has estimated the global energy efficiency market to be worth at least $310 billion annually, a figure that is growing, and leads the IEA to confirm energy efficiency as the world’s “first fuel.”"

Article includes a link to the report's Executive Summary.

Efficiency Is the Name of the Game: Casinos Go “All In” to Save Energy

Business Energy, Sept./Oct. 2014, by David C. Richardson.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/27104.aspx

"...lately, some of the country’s leading casinos have been pushing a new kind of green that many customers would be surprised to learn could result in a win-win situation for themselves and for the environment."

Improving Energy Efficiency in Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

Business Energy, Sept./Oct. 2014, by William Atkinson.
http://www.distributedenergy.com/DE/Articles/Improving_Energy_Efficiency_in_Hospitals_
and_Healt_27101.aspx


"Usually HVAC systems and lighting are the first places most people think to start when it comes to improving energy efficiency in hospitals and health care facilities. These are, indeed, critical elements of the journey; however, one might argue that the first place one should actually start is with the building envelope, because it’s where energy savings opportunities really begin and then carry through its affiliated processes."

New Federal Equipment Standards Create Big Northwest Energy Savings

Northwest Energy Coalition, Oct. 6, 2014.
http://www.nwenergy.org/news/new-federal-equipment-standards-create-big-northwest-energy-savings/

"In the past five years, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has cranked out federal appliance and equipment standards that by 2029 will produce almost 800 average megawatts of Northwest energy savings that will greatly help the region achieve the savings goals of current regional power plan, according to preliminary analyses by the Bonneville Power Administration and Northwest Power and Conservation Council."

Energy Department Recognizes 11 Manufacturers for Energy Efficiency Achievements

U.S. Department of Energy, Oct. 2, 2014.
http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-recognizes-11-manufacturers-energy-efficiency-achievements

"Building on the Administration’s efforts to double energy productivity and help American businesses save money by saving energy, the Energy Department today recognized 11 companies that have met ambitious energy-efficiency goals through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program."

Smart Grid Master Planning at NC State: Centennial Campus Already a Smart Grid R&D Leader

District Energy, Third Quarter 2014, by Ben Dombrowski.
http://www.districtenergy-digital.org/districtenergy/2014Q3?pg=14#pg14

"North Carolina State University recently commissioned a smart grid master plan to guide the development of integrated, efficient and optimized utility services on its research campus."

Stay in Control: Specifying Building Automation Systems for Cost Savings

The Construction Specifier, Sep. 2014, by Kevin Callahan.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/stay-in-control-specifying-building-automation-systems-for-cost-savings/

"In the same way today’s mobile phones have capabilities far beyond traditional telephones, modern building automation systems (BAS) have added many benefits transcending their original roots in heating and cooling control. Today’s BAS help facility professionals obtain greater efficiencies from numerous building systems, including:
  • lighting;
  • security/access control;
  • fire and life safety;
  • elevators and escalators;
  • irrigation; and
  • HVAC.

An appropriately equipped BAS can also meet specialized needs such as emergency and critical systems monitoring in hospitals, and tenant billing for leased spaces in office buildings."


Government Works: Federal Agency Actions on Energy Efficiency

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Sep. 2014, by Lowell W. Ungar, and others.
http://aceee.org/white-paper/government-works

An ACEEE White Paper: 
"Federal agency actions on energy efficiency under existing legislative authority are saving consumers money, creating jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and reducing oil use and imports. In this paper we examined four sets of recent and prospective agency actions on energy efficiency: appliance standards, vehicle standards, power plant emissions standards, and select housing policies."

The Fine Art of Making Energy Visible

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2014, by Mark Scott Lavin.
http://www.distributedenergy.com/DE/Editorial/The_Fine_Art_of_Making_
/Energy_Visible_26497.aspx


"One of the boldest experiments in energy efficiency collaboration in the US is now well underway in Vermont, where cold winters and other factors drive some of the highest energy costs in the country. It’s spearheaded by a new kind of utility known as Efficiency Vermont and run by the non-profit Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). This new utility is the first of its kind, though similar initiatives have emerged in Oregon, Washington DC, and the Ohio region. Efficiency Vermont provides electricity to stakeholders, not by building power plants, but by helping existing consumers use less energy and use it wisely."

Green Healthcare: Energy Efficiency

Building Operating Management, Aug. 2014, by Greg Zimmerman.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/healthcarefacilities/article/Data-Helps-Sell-Energy-Efficiency-Efforts-In-Healthcare-Facilities--15183

"As hospitals compete more and more aggressively for patients, facility managers are finding themselves in fiercer competition for funds. That's because, often, senior managers decide purchasing a new linear accelerator or MRI machine might be better for recruiting new patients than, say, buying an energy efficient chiller. So it's incumbent upon facility managers to make their voices heard — to keep sustainability in general but energy efficiency specifically top of mind as an organizational priority."

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