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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


Google Cuts Its Giant Electricity Bill With DeepMind-Powered AI

Bloomberg, Jul 19, 2016, by Jack Clark.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-19/google-cuts-its-giant-electricity-bill-with-deepmind-powered-ai

"The internet giant is using technology from the DeepMind artificial intelligence subsidiary for big savings on the power consumed by its data centers, according to DeepMind Co-Founder Demis Hassabis."

Is PACE Moving to Prime Time?

ACEEE, Jul 18, 2016, by Jim Barrett.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/07/pace-moving-prime-time

"One of the distinctions we often make between energy and energy efficiency is that energy acts more like a cost, and energy efficiency acts more like an investment. Like most investments, energy efficiency works by using an up front expense to generate a stream of economic benefits.... Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is a relatively new strategy for funding efficiency and renewable investments that is really starting to take off."

Puget Sound Energy Launches 'Urban Smart Bellevue' Energy Efficiency Program

KPLU.org, Jun 22, 2016, by Bellamy Pailthorp.
http://www.kplu.org/post/puget-sound-energy-launches-urban-smart-bellevue-energy-efficiency-program

"The city [Bellevue] has launched a new energy efficiency program called Urban Smart Bellevue that aims to make it a leader in energy efficiency – largely through simple changes in workplace behavior."

Smart Buildings Center Tool Lending Library

Smart Buildings Center, Jul 2016.
http://www.smartbuildingscenter.org/tool-library/

A project of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, the Smart Building Center (SBC) is hosting a "Tool Lending Library". The diagnostic tools are available to building owners and managers, as well as energy service professionals, for short term data collection on energy using equipment and systems in commercial and institutional buildings in Washington.

Merkley [OR] Announces $52 Million in Energy Loans for Rural Communities

The Gorge Business News, July 7, 2016.
http://thegorgebusinessnews.com/2016/07/merkley-announces-52-million-in-energy-loans-for-rural-communities/

"Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make $52 million in loans available to rural electric co-ops through the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP). RESP is a program designed by Senator Merkley to allow rural electric co-ops to offer their customers low-interest loans from USDA to provide affordable financing for energy efficiency improvements. The customers then pay back the loans through the savings on their electric bills."

Commissioning and Design for 2016 Olympics

ASHRAE Journal, Jul 2016, by Ross D. Montgomery and Walter R. Lenzi.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2016July_014-019_Montgomery.pdf

"Beginning in 1994, the International Olympic Committee began to require environmental awareness as part of all Olympic Games. Over the years, the emphasis on sustainability grew, and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August is the latest example of the benefits gained by using these strategies. ASHRAE members and student members are a part of this high-profile project, as they provided commissioning and HVAC&R design services, especially at the Olympic Park. This venue is where most events will occur in Barra da Tijuca, located 21 miles (34 km) south of Copacabana beach."

New Heat Pump Water Heater Changes the Game

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, July 2016.
http://neea.org/neea-newsroom/press-releases/press-release-detail/2016/07/05/new-heat-pump-water-heater-changes-the-game

"Today, A. O. Smith, the largest manufacturer and marketer of water heaters in North America, introduced a dramatically efficient new model of heat pump water heater. Already three times more efficient than a standard electric water heater, A. O. Smith engineers refreshed the Voltex line to improve energy efficiency benefits and performance for homes in all climates, including homes that routinely deal with cold weather."

Energy-Water Nexus Issues Heighten in the Face of Climate Change

ACEEE, Jul 8, 2016, by Steven Nadel.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/07/energy-water-nexus-issues-heighten

"ACEEE and many others have noted the importance of the nexus between energy and water issues. Energy is used to move, treat, and heat water. Water is vital for producing energy, such as for cooling electric generating plants. Insufficient water availability can increase energy use for pumping and decrease energy production. Flooding can damage both energy and water systems. And there are many opportunities to promote both energy and water efficiency at the same time."

Pushing the Envelope: PNC Tower, World's Greenest High-Rise, Is A Study In Simplicity

Building Operating Management, Apr. 2016, by Ronald Kovach.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/PNC-Tower-Worlds-Greenest-High-Rise-Is-A-Study-In-Simplicity--16527

"For all the complexity of its systems and building envelope, the structure that is being touted as the greenest high-rise in the world is also a study in simplicity. The Tower at PNC Plaza, which opened in October in Pittsburgh, is using that most primal of objects — the sun — to help create essential building systems, namely HVAC and lighting. And a gigantic solar-fired version of another fundamental — hot air rising up a chimney — is also a vital part of how the building works. At the same time, it is the sun that has created the structure’s biggest surprises."

Systems Approach Cuts Fabric Mill Energy Costs

Compressed Air Best Practices, June 2016, by Ron Marshall.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/end-uses/systems-approach-cuts-fabric-mill-energy-costs

"A large fabric mill has implemented an energy management system based on the ISO 50001 standard to track their compressed air system efficiency.  As a result of information gained from this system, and measures learned in some recent compressed air training, the company has reduced their compressed air system costs while at the same time achieving increased fabric production output. The savings were gained by not only optimizing the supply side of the system, but by also addressing the end uses."

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