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Energy Newsbriefs Blog

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

Data Rather than Door Knocking to Acquire Energy Efficiency Customers

Energy Efficiency Markets, Oct. 13, 2015, by Lisa Cohn.

"To acquire energy efficiency customers, many utilities hire people to knock on doors, especially for programs like demand response, says Sid Siddhartha, founder and CEO of Innowatts, which provides data-driven energy management. The company has developed a program that uses data instead."

Building Systems Integration Best Practices

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Sep. 2015, by Sanjyot V. Bhusari and Michael Watts.

"While 30 yr of advances in building automation have allowed owners to do more with less, the benefits remain accompanied by challenges. Open building automation system (BAS) communications protocols have made systems integration relatively easy, but in the absence of data and automation optimization, energy reduction, optimal maintenance, and greater staff productivity are being left on the table. Integrating otherwise disparate BAS into enterprise-level software platforms establishes a business case for state-of-the-art systems integration."

Enhancing Community Resilience through Energy

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Oct. 2015, by  David Ribeiro, and others.

" This report discusses ways in which energy efficiency can increase the resilience of energy systems and the communities they serve. It reviews the resilience-related benefits of efficiency measures, discusses the incorporation of efficiency into resilience planning, and presents four case studies showing how local governments and utilities can leverage energy efficiency to increase the resilience of their communities."

[NW Energy] Coalition Honors Clean Energy Leaders with Headwaters Awards

NW Energy Coalition, Oct. 13, 2015.

"Two clean energy pioneers have been honored for their efforts with NW Energy Coalition Headwaters awards. Coalition executive director Nancy Hirsh recently presented colorful plaques and vials of water drawn from the headwaters of the Columbia River – Columbia Lake in British Columbia, to Alan Zelenka and Mike Nelson."

Northwest Power and Conservation Council and Other Planners Systematically Underestimate Efficiency Savings From New Products

NW Energy Coalition, Sep. 30, 2015.

"The region’s soaring energy efficiency gains over the past several years have exceeded expectations. Northwest power planners continue to underestimate both the speed at which new energy efficiency products take over the marketplace and the total amount of achievable energy savings. That can lead to false conclusions about the need for new power plants, resulting in unnecessary expenses that raise consumers’ bills."

New Horizons for Energy Efficiency: Major Opportunities to Reach Higher Electricity Savings by 2030

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Sep. 2015, by Dan York, and others.

"Higher equipment standards and more stringent building codes are squeezing the amount of savings that energy efficiency programs can harvest. No single measure will yield a dominant share of energy savings for utility program portfolios, as have lighting programs in the past. This report examines the next large opportunities for energy efficiency savings. It analyzes 18 measures—including reduction of plug loads, conservation voltage reduction, and smart manufacturing—that could collectively save 22% of total projected electricity use in the year 2030."

Compare and Save With Web-Based Energy Efficiency Tool [Utilities]

Public Power, Sep./Oct. 2015, by Alex Hofmann.

"...The American Public Power Association and Large Public Power Council have partnered to create a web-based tool that allows utilities to compare themselves to their peers. The tool takes data from the Energy Information Administration Form 861 and outputs it in a digestible, comparable format. Users can filter, sort, compare, benchmark and analyze the data much more easily than if they were to download the spreadsheet file of EIA data and try to reach conclusions on their own — the tool does the work. It generates customizable peer comparison charts by geography, ownership type, size, year-over-year, and other options. The charts address a range of energy efficiency indicators such as energy savings, potential demand reduction, and spending."

Industrial Dust Collection Vacuum System Audits

Blower & Vacuum Best Practices, Sep. 2015, by Tim Dugan.

"Industrial vacuum systems are a challenge to optimize. They have more distribution system variables to balance than a compressed air system does. Vacuum systems conveying particulate are sensitive to velocity. If the velocity is too high, pressure drop results. If it’s too low, particulate doesn’t stay in suspension, and there can be compliance and safety problems."

Powering Pot: Growers Will Gobble Electricity

The Oregonian/Oregon Live, Sep. 5, 2015, by Ted Sinkinger.

"Indoor cannabis grows are notorious energy hogs. And as Oregon's weed industry scales up to meet recreational demand, experts predict it could emerge as a big load on the regional power grid. The questions nagging power planners are how big, and to make the grows more efficient."

Manufacturers in U.S. Energy Department’s Better Plants Program Save More Than $2 Billion in Energy Costs; Program Expands to Help America’s Water Systems

U.S. Department of Energy News, Sep. 30, 2015.

"Today, as the U.S. Department of Energy prepares to kick off October’s National Energy Action Month, the department announced that manufacturers in its Better Buildings, Better Plants Program (Better Plants) have racked up an estimated $2.4 billion in cumulative energy cost savings over the last five years. Across America, manufacturers spend more than $200 billion each year to power their plants. As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to double energy productivity, American manufacturers and water and wastewater treatment agencies made a voluntary commitment to improve energy intensity by about 25 percent over ten years, or an equally ambitious level for their sector, through the Better Plants Program. Today, the department also announced that nine partners have met their energy efficiency targets this year."


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