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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


Energy Efficiency as a T&D Resource

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), Jan. 2015, by Chris Neme & Jim Grevatt, of the Energy Futures Group.
http://www.neep.org/sites/default/files/products/EMV-Forum-Geo-Targeting_Final_2015-01-20.pdf

"This report focuses on the role efficiency can play in deferring utility transmission and distribution (T&D) system investments. In particular, it addresses the role that intentional targeting of efficiency programs to specific constrained geographies – either by itself or in concert with demand  response, distributed generation and/or other “non-wires alternatives” (NWAs)2 – can play in deferring such investments. The report focuses primarily on electric T&D deferral, since that is where efforts in this area have focused to date. However, the concepts should be equally applicable to natural gas delivery infrastructure."

Energy Smart Industrial: Five Years of Enormous Savings [BPA]

Bonneville Power Administration Newsroom, Feb. 5, 2015.
http://www.bpa.gov/news/newsroom/Pages/Energy-Smart-Industrial-five-years-of-enormous-savings.aspx

"The Bonneville Power Administration’s Energy Smart Industrial program is helping companies better manage their energy use and reduce costs. Since 2009, BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities have partnered with 473 industrial companies on projects that have collectively saved more than 647 million kilowatt-hours of electricity — enough energy to power nearly 60,000 homes for a year."

Lower Load Growth Expectations for 7th Plan Don’t Reduce Importance of Energy Efficiency

NW Energy Coalition, Feb. 6, 2015.
http://www.nwenergy.org/news/lower-load-growth-expectations-for-7th-plan-dont-reduce-importance-of-energy-efficiency/

"Northwest Power and Conservation Council [NPPC]staff expect significantly slower growth in energy demand over the next 20 years than was predicted in the sixth regional power plan five years ago. This preliminary projection marks a critical step in the Council’s development of the 7th Northwest Power and Conservation Plan."

Proposed Energy Conservation Standard for Hearth Products

U.S. Dept. of  Energy, Jan. 28, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/downloads/2015-01-28-issuance-energy-conservation-standard-hearth-products-nopr

"This document is a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking [NOPR] and public meeting regarding energy conservation standards for hearth products, as issued by the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency on January 28, 2015."

Adopting a Whole Building Systems Approach to Energy Efficiency

Business Energy, Dec. 2014, by Drake Erbe, Richard Lord, and Robert Wilkins.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Adopting_a_Whole_Building_Systems_Approach_to_Ener_27631.aspx

"A new approach is needed to advance energy efficiency in buildings. A multitude of trends and innovations offer new opportunities for progress increasingly converging on the prospect of a new basic concept: whole building systems."

The Ways of Warehouses and Other Large Facilities

Business Energy, Dec. 2014, by Matt M. Casey.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/The_Ways_of_Warehouses_and_
Other_Large_Facilities_27625.aspx


"Assessing industrial and commercial spaces for efficiency upgrades."

Variables for Retrofitting with VRF

Buildings, Jan. 2015, by Chris Olson.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18387/title/variables-for-retrofitting-with-vrf.aspx

"If you’re considering a major retrofit of an existing HVAC system, take these three steps to do your due diligence for a possible VRF [variable refrigerant flow] solution, says Anne Wagner, energy efficiency engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)." Also, gives a 15-year lifecycle cost analysis comparison between VAV and VRF retrofit alternatives.

How To Reduce Elevators' Energy Use

Building Operating Management, Dec. 2014, by Karen Kroll.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/elevators/article/How-To-Reduce-Elevators-Energy-Use--15510

"Elevators’ energy use can be reduced through a variety of means, including the use of more efficient AC motors and regenerative drives, but this objective does not always get top priority."

Slash Plug Loads in 6 Steps

Buildings, Jan. 2015, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18432/title/slash-plug-loads-in-6-steps.aspx

"Plug loads are becoming one of the fastest growing end uses of energy, the New Buildings Institute warns, and their drain on energy budgets is on the rise. [Plug load] includes any devices that plug into a building’s electrical system. In a typical office, the worst offenders are desktop equipment such as computers, monitors, and printers, notes Suzanne Foster Porter, director of research and technical services for ECOVA, an energy and sustainability management firm. Small offices also see a disproportionate amount of their plug load stemming from IT closets and computer rooms."

LED Lighting Makes Pro, Trains For Super Bowl Debut

Forbes, Jan. 27, 2015, by Heather Clancy.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/heatherclancy/2015/01/27/led-lighting-makes-pro-trains-for-super-bowl-debut/

"This year’s Super Bowl will the first played under energy-sipping LED lights. The University of Phoenix Stadium, host to the Feb. 1 game, uses 312 fixtures made by Ephesus Lighting, which specializes in technology for fields, arenas and the like. The lights replaced 780 metal halide fixtures."

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