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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


Getting to Outcome-Based Building Performance Event Report

New Building Institute, May 2015, by Mark Frankel and Jim Edelson.
http://newbuildings.org/performance-outcomes-event-report

"This report summarizes the work undertaken by a group of building industry thought leaders who gathered for a Performance Outcome Summit in August 2014 in Seattle, Washington. During a day and a half workshop, the group examined the opportunities, barriers and next steps that will transition the commercial building industry from estimating energy use, based on models in the design phase, to measuring real performance outcomes, based on actual energy use in an occupied building."

The Total Cost of Saving Electricity through Utility Customer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs: Estimates at the National, State, Sector and Program Level

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Electricity Markets & Policy Group, Technical Brief, Apr. 2015, by Ian M. Hoffman and others.
http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/total-cost-of-saved-energy.pdf

"Based on several hundred regulatory filings, researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have determined the total cost of saving electricity through efficiency programs: $0.046 per kilowatt-hour. That value is the average for 20 states in the period 2009 to 2013 and compares favorably with supply-side alternatives and retail rates."

First Energy Efficiency Legislation Passed by New Congress

RESNET News, April 30, 2015, by Laurel Elam.
http://www.resnet.us/blog/first-energy-efficiency-legislation-passed-by-new-congress/

"On April 21, 2015, Congress passed S 535, “The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015”.  The legislation was sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jean Shaheen (D-NH). "The modest energy efficiency legislation includes three provisions drawn from a larger efficiency bill sponsored by the two Senators:
  • Promotion of commercial building energy-use benchmarking and disclosure
  • Establishment of a voluntary “Tenant Star” program to promote energy efficiency in rental property that would certify and recognize commercial building tenants for achieving high levels of energy efficiency
  • Adjustment of efficiency standards for “grid-connected” water heaters, so that water heaters needed for demand response and thermal storage programs can continue to be sold"

Improving Energy Efficiency with Thermal-Capture Technology

Industrial Heating, Apr. 2015, by Art Morris. (Free registration required to view full article.)
http://www.industrialheating.com/articles/92169-improving-energy-efficiency-with-thermal-capture-technology?v=preview

"Energy costs represent a large fraction of the operating cost of an industrial furnace, most of which use natural gas as their source of heat. Companies that operate thermal-processing systems can maintain a competitive edge with efficient fuel use while minimizing the emission of CO2 and NOx."

Energy Optimization: Hand-Picking Products for Energy Performance

Building Operating Management, Mar. 2015, by Naomi Millán.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Making-the-Right-Choice-with-Energy-Optimization-Products-and-Services--15743

An article in 6 parts:
Part 1: Making the Right Choice with Energy Optimization Products and Services Part 2: ROI, Applicability, Operational Impact Influence Energy Decisions
Part 3: Focus on Benefits, Product Credibility in Energy Optimization Purchases
Part 4: Best Practices for Energy Optimization
Part 5: Pilot Programs, Veterans’ Insights Help with Energy Optimization
Part 6: Introducing the Apex Award for Energy Optimization

Energy-Efficient Makeup Air Units

ASHRAE Journal, Mar. 2015, by Hugh Crowther.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2015Mar_026-033_Crowther.pdf

"Unless you live in paradise, delivering makeup air to most buildings is expensive. Table 1 shows the amount of work it takes to heat and cool air (based on Chicago conditions) for a standard rooftop unit (a unit that recirculates air with typical air conditioning loads) and a makeup air (MUA) unit."

2015 ASHRAE Technology Awards: Energy Efficient Ice Rink

ASHRAE Journal, Mar. 2015, by Art Sutherland.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2015Mar_078-087_TechAward_Sutherland.pdf

"An extensive study conducted by Natural Resources Canada determined that a typical 40,000 ft2 (3716 m2) ice rink in Canada will consume an average of 1.5 million kWh of equivalent energy per year. The Westhills Recreation Centre in Langford, British Columbia, is nearly twice as big uses only 768,000 kWh. And, the refrigeration system for the ice surfaces produces so much waste heat that excess is shared with a nearby housing development."

2015 ASHRAE Technology Awards: Data Center Economizer Efficiency

ASHRAE Journal, Mar. 2015, by Brett Griffin.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2015Mar_064-071_TechAward_Griffin.pdf

"The Digital Chicago Datacampus took advantage of efficiency improvements made possible by improved server equipment thermal tolerances, which open up the opportunity to condition a data center space without mechanical cooling for significant portions of the year in a wide range of climates."

Energy Performance in Mission Critical Facilities

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2015, by Bill Kosik.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/energy-performance-in-mission-critical-facilities/7d86458cbe2b48298e30ce1daaf36f5d.html

"Mission critical facilities, such as data centers, are judged carefully on their energy use. Engineers should focus on the codes and standards that dictate energy performance and how building energy performance can be enhanced."

Big Data, Small Generator: The Future of Data Centers is Big Green

Business Energy, Mar.-Apr. 2015, by Mark Scott Lavin.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Big_Data_Small_Generator_28480.aspx

"Whether it’s a building filled with racks of managed cloud servers, a small colocation facility for local enterprises, or an Internet giant’s showcase IT installation, a data center is a complex and hungry beast."

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