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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


10 Energy Saving Tips To Gobble Up This Thanksgiving

Edison Electric Institute.
http://www.eei.org/resourcesandmedia/energynews/Pages/10%20Energy%20Saving%20Tips%20To%20Gobble%20Up%20This%20Thanksgiving.aspx

"With help from the Edison Electric Institute, you can ensure your electric bill will look as good as your Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of overcooking the turkey and your electric bill this Thanksgiving, check out our top ten tips for an energy efficient holiday."

Energy Efficiency Financing: Barriers and Opportunities in the Small Utility Market

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Nov. 1, 2016, by Christine Grant and Patrick Keegan.
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/energy-efficiency-financing-barriers-and-opportunities-in-the-small-utility-market.pdf

"High upfront costs and a lack of easily accessible financing are commonly cited as the key barriers to investments in energy efficiency (EE). If designed and implemented optimally, EE financing can be an important tool for catalyzing EE market transformation."

How Residential Utility Programs Could Reach More Diverse Households

ACEEE, Nov. 13, 2016, by Marti Frank.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/11/how-residential-utility-programs

"Many energy efficiency programs are designed around measures rather than people. These “untargeted” programs focus on meeting energy savings and cost-effectiveness goals, and are ostensibly impartial about the characteristics of the households that receive the offering. Our new examination of program demographics shows how, in practice, untargeted programs often limit participant diversity."

BPA 2016-2021 Energy Efficiency Action Plan (Draft)

Bonneville Power Administration, Oct. 2016.
https://www.bpa.gov/EE/Policy/EEPlan/Documents/BPA_EE_Action_Plan_
Draft_External_Review.pdf


"In February 2016, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council released the Seventh Power Plan. This plan identifies the energy efficiency savings potential in the Northwest and establishes a regional savings goal. BPA has committed to achieving a share of the goal established in the Power Plan and developed the EE Action Plan to define our strategy for doing so. The Action Plan forecasts how public power will achieve the savings goals through a variety of EE programs and other channels like market transformation and Momentum Savings as well as identifying the budget required to do so."

How to Use Peer Diffusion to Make Better Homes a “Must Have”

RMI Outlet, Nov. 2, 2016, by Douglas Miller and Larry Zarker.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_11_02_how_to_use_peer_diffusion_to_make
_better_homes_a_must_have


Announcing a new Rocky Mountain Institute Report: Peer Diffusion: A Promising Way for Service Providers to Unlock Investments in Home Energy Upgrades.

Know When, Where to Specify VRF Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Sept. 2016, by James M. Del Monaco.
https://www.csemag.com/industry-news/codes-and-standards-updates/single-article/know-when-where-to-specify-vrf-systems/afe0f6f206f06f553b360c1b00bb694b.html

"Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) offers an alternate HVAC solution. Its key attributes include zonal control, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality (IAQ). To help facilitate their successful design and operation, engineers should take advantage of the available resources and training offered by manufacturers, utilities, and others."

Oregon Energy Programs Expire in 2017

The Bulletin [Bend,OR], Oct. 26, 2016, by Joseph Ditzler.
http://www.bendbulletin.com/business/4762243-151/oregon-energy-programs-expire-in-2017
  • Residential Energy Tax Credit program
  • Small Premium Projects program

"Two Oregon programs that provide tax credits to residential property owners who update their heating systems will expire next year."


Behavior Change Programs: Status and Impact

ACEEE, Oct. 2016, by Reuven Sussman and Maxine Chikumbo.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/b1601.pdf

"Behavior change programs are becoming a common method for reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency. But what types of programs are out there, why do they work (or fail to work), and how effective are they? This report updates the 2013 ACEEE Field Guide to Utility-Run Behavior Change Programs, with new program evaluations, an analysis of major behavior change strategies, and a focus on programs with evaluated energy savings."

Scaling Up Participation and Savings in Residential Retrofits

ACEEE, Oct. 12, 2016, by Rachel Cluett and Jennifer Amann.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/a1605.pdf

"Whole home retrofits aim to address the biggest residential energy issues. Their number has grown in recent years along with contractor and program experience in delivering successful retrofits. However the demand for these programs and their participation rates have not grown as much, and many of them fail to capture the full range of available savings. This report explores the challenges faced by home retrofit programs and describes the best strategies for improving project-level realization rates."

Getting to Net-Zero Carbon in Multifamily Homes

Rocky Mountain Institute, Oct. 14, 2016, by Kelly Vaughn.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_10_14_getting_to_net_zero_carbon_in_multifamily_homes

"Consumers wanting to undertake a deep energy retrofit of a home currently face a challenging process that involves multiple complex steps, as shown in the infographic [shows barriers and opportunities] below. For this reason, many give up on energy efficiency."

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