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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


The Internet Shouldn’t Run on Dirty Energy

Harvard Business Review, Dec. 16, 2015, by Nate Springer and Kelly Gallo.
https://hbr.org/2015/12/the-internet-shouldnt-run-on-dirty-energy

"The internet may seem to exist in the ether, but its plumbing includes a vast network of data centers, also known as server farms, which need power to function. In 2010, data centers represented 2% of all electricity use in the United States. Globally, it equates to 2% of all annual emissions linked to climate change. While that amount may not sound like much, it is almost equivalent to the impact of shipping all goods around the world each year. If the world is to become ever more efficient and reach global climate goals, internet power will need to play its part."

Ground-breaking Research Finds that Green Office Buildings Deliver Higher Income and Value

Bentall Kennedy, Press Release, Oct. 2015.
http://www.bentallkennedy.com/news-2015-10-06.php

"Improved property performance is strongly correlated to green building certification, according to a ground-breaking study of Bentall Kennedy's North American office portfolio conducted by an internationally recognized academic research team."

2015 Was a Good Year for Energy Efficiency. 2016 Could Be Even Better.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Jan. 1, 2016, by Steven Nadel.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/01/2015-was-good-year-energy-efficiency

"The past year included many successes, including quite a few that we can build on in the new year."

AEE Columbia River Chapter Announces "Wrench of the Year" Award Winners

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), Dec. 10, 2015.
http://www.aeecenter.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=4610

"The Columbia River Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers   (AEE CRC), a professional organization dedicated to implementing   energy efficient technologies, announced the winners of Wrench of the Year Award 2015: Dan Wagner, plant engineer and maintenance  manager at Brentwood  Corporation; and Don Eaton, plant engineer  at the Portland facility of Darigold."

Benchmarking Building Energy Use

ASHRAE Journal, Nov. 2015, by David N. Schurk.
http://tinyurl.com/z3ykvaz

"When considering how to improve a building's energy footprint, it is critical to understand how the building is performing. Benchmarking can help to compare the building's energy performance to something similar, such as the like performance of  the building at the same time last year, or the like performance compared to similar facilities (peer buildings) elsewhere. Several simple benchmarking approaches used today will provide insight to help identify energy consumption."

12 Ways to Save Energy in Data Centers

Building Operating Management, Nov. 2015, by Steve Ryan and Robert Huang. [Scroll to page 48 of the journal, or page 53 of the PDF.)
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/bom/graphics/15/11/bo1115.pdf

"These proven strategies offer best practices that can be applied in many data centers."

An Inside Look at Cradle to Cradle Certification

Buildings, Oct. 2015, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19417/title/an-inside-look-at-cradle-to-cradle-certification/viewall/true.aspx

"Have you found that trying to purchase sustainable products could be a job in and of itself? When you really need to focus on energy and water conservation, it’s hard to find the motivation to assess a manufacturer’s green claims. After all, you’re not a toxicologist, chemist, or lab technician. What you really need is verification that a product was sourced and manufactured in a responsible way, has no exposure risks for occupants while in use, and has reclamation options that will save it from the landfill."

13 Tips for [Green] Certification Success

Buildings, Oct. 2015, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19422/title/13-tips-for-certification-success/viewall/true.aspx

"Is your organization about to launch its own certification effort? Take charge and make sure your facility gets the designation it deserves with these 13 tips from FMs, consultants and green building experts who have already walked the walk."

Renewables Poised to Deliver Climate Solution

North American Clean Energy, Nov. 2015.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/21891/renewables-poised-to-deliver-climate-solution

"Emission reductions from renewables, coupled with energy efficiency improvements, must be at the heart of any effort to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). REthinking Energy 2015 – Renewable Energy and Climate, finds that achieving a 36% share of renewable energy by 2030 would result in half of all emission reductions needed to maintain a two degree pathway. Energy efficiency measures could supply the rest."

Energy Efficiency Could Cut Decarbonizing Costs by $2.8 Trillion

Energy Efficiency Markets.com, Nov. 25, 2015, by Elisa Wood.
http://energyefficiencymarkets.com/energy-efficiency-could-cut-decarbonizing-costs-by-2-8-trillion/

"Energy efficiency can reduce the cost of decarbonizing the economies of the U.S. Brazil, China, Europe, India, and Mexico by up to $250 billion per year, according to a new report.“How Energy Efficiency Cuts Costs for a 2° C Future.”"

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