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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


FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces Commitments and Executive Actions to Advance Solar Deployment and Energy Efficiency

White House Press Release, May 9, 2014.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/09/fact-sheet-president-obama-announces-commitments-and-executive-actions-a

"Today, President Obama announced more than 300 private and public sector commitments to create jobs and cut carbon pollution by advancing solar deployment and energy efficiency."

Change Is in the Air: How States Can Harness Energy Efficiency to Strengthen the Economy and Reduce Pollution

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Apr. 2014.
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/e1401.pdf

"This study evaluates the implications of using end-use energy efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. It does so by quantifying the energy, economic, and pollution-reduction impacts of selected energy-saving policies on a state-by-state basis. We evaluate four of the most common and effective energy efficiency policy options available to a state:
  • Implement an energy efficiency savings target
  • Enact national model building codes
  • Construct combined heat and power systems
  • Adopt efficiency standards for products/equipment"

Ban LEED?

Environmental Design + Construction (EDC), Apr. 2014, by Michael J. Berning.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95534-ban-leed

"LEED has positively and permanently transformed building design and construction. The integration of LEED with this sector of our economy has led to a substantial increase in the availability of recycled content and environmentally safer products; options for waste diversion and material reuse; energy- and water-efficient equipment; and a whole list of additional positive changes—a nearly complete market transformation in less than two decades! So why is the ACC (American Chemistry Council) so focused on making certain LEED is not used anymore? More importantly, why must you get involved?"

Employing Best Practices for Increasing Data Center Efficiency

NEMA Electroindustry, Apr. 2014, by David Sonner.
http://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NEMA/g40829_nema_ei_apr14/#/18

"The data center is one of the most dynamic and critical operations in any business. Complexity and criticality have only increased in recent years as data centers experienced steady growth in capacity and density, straining resources and increasing the consequences of poor performance." Article discusses six approaches to improve performance.

Rethinking Daylighting [in Schools]

High Performing Buildings, Spring 2014, by Robert Anthony Hans & Kenny Stanfield.
http://www.hpbmagazine.org/File%20Library/Case%20Studies/Spring%202014/030-037_LED.pdf

"When designers of the first net zero energy school in the U.S. considered how they would approach the lighting design differently using today’s LED technology, the results extended far beyond just switching out the lightbulbs. The hypothetical redesign of Richardsville (Ky.) Elementary classrooms involves rethinking the daylighting design based on the evolution of LED lighting and the cheaper cost of photovoltaics (PV)."

Reducing Environmental Impact with Coatings

The Construction Specifier, Apr. 2014, by Ranking Jays.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/masterformat/reducing-environmental-impact-with-coatings/

"Coatings are in no way meant to replace insulation, but they can make an effective contribution in reducing the downstream environmental impact by reducing energy usage. With new coatings in the market, and more coming in every day, these products are contributing to energy savings and reducing energy dependency."

Industrial Energy Efficiency: Designing Effective State Programs for the Industrial Sector

State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network, Mar. 2014.  Prepared by A. Goldberg, R. P. Taylor, and B. Hedman, Institute for Industrial Productivity.
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/seeaction/pdfs/industrial_energy_efficiency.pdf

Report "provides state regulators, utilities, and other program administrators with an overview of U.S. industrial energy efficiency programs delivered by a variety of entities. The report assesses some of the key features of programs that have helped lead to success in generating increased energy savings and identifies new emerging directions in programs that might benefit from additional research and cross-discussion to promote adoption."

The Best Value for America’s Energy Dollar: A National Review of the Cost of Utility Energy Efficiency Programs

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Report Number U1402, March 2014, by Maggie Molina. (Free registration required to access full report.)
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/u1402.pdf

"As efficiency programs gain wider traction as a utility resource, the need increases in step for high-quality, comprehensive and consistent data metrics on energy efficiency program costs and cost-effectiveness. In this report we review utility-sector energy efficiency program costs in recent years (2009-2012).  We collected data from reports by program administrators to calculate the levelized cost of saved energy (CSE), which is the best way to compare energy efficiency to other energy resource options."

Residential Deep Energy Retrofits

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Report Number A1401, March 2014, by Rachel Cluett and Jennifer Amann. (Free registration required to access full report.)
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/a1401.pdf

"This report explores energy efficiency programs that target deep energy savings through substantial improvements to existing residential buildings." 

  

Making Sense of Sprayed Polyurethane Foam

The Construction Specifier, Mar. 2014, by Peter Davis.
http://www.kenilworth.com/publications/cs/de/201403/index.html (jump or scroll to page 34)

"For decades, the U.S. design and construction industry has turned to sprayed polyurethane foam (SPF) to insulate and air seal buildings. SPF can help provide temperature control in various climates, reduce sounds transmitted through the air, and lower construction costs."

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