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Energy Newsbriefs Blog

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

Verifying Energy Efficiency Job Creation: Current Practices and Recommendations

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Sep. 2015, by Casey J. Bell, and others.

"Among the many benefits ascribed to energy efficiency is the fact that it can help create jobs. Although this is often used to motivate investments in efficiency programs, verifying job creation benefits is more complicated than it might seem at first. In this paper we identify some of the issues that we believe contribute to a lack of consistency in attempts to verify efficiency-related job creation. We then propose an analytically rigorous and tractable framework for program evaluators to use in future assessments."

Harvesting Energy Savings in Cannabis Cultivation Facilities: Quick Wins for Cultivators and Utilities

E Source, Sep. 11, 2015, by David Podorson.

"With the recent legalization of cannabis in some states, cultivation facilities have rushed to increase production and gain market share, and they have often overlooked energy considerations in the process. Indoor cannabis cultivation facilities are huge energy consumers with year-round loads; each marijuana plant consumes more energy than seven refrigerators, and each cultivation facility may contain up to 400 plants.... Here we present nine tips for quickly and easily reducing the energy consumption of these facilities."

Optimize High-Energy Pumps With Improved Impeller Design

Pumps & Systems, Aug 2015, by Bob Jennings & Dr. Gary Dyson.

"The rising cost of electrical power has caused many industrial plants to shift their focus to energy consumption. Plants often run pumping equipment continuously, and much research has pointed to opportunities for cost savings by optimizing pumping equipment. When evaluating the potential for energy savings, end users cannot consider a pump in isolation. The suitability of the pump for the system within which it operates is vital. Even the best designed and most efficient equipment offers power-saving potential if it is run off its best efficiency point (BEP) in a system for which it is ill-applied."

NFL Stadiums Attempt to Lower Energy Costs: 24 of the Most Energy Efficient Stadiums in the League

Electric Choice, Aug. 21, 2015.

"With the National Football League’s pre-season in full swing, and regular season play right around the corner, football fans from all over the country are gearing up to see their favorite teams square off. Every season, millions of fans pile into NFL Stadiums to watch the action unfold live. These stadiums are notorious for their size and technological advancements. They also consume millions of kilowatt hours in energy."

It's All About the Data: How the Building Performance Database is Informing Decisions on Energy Efficiency

U.S. Department of Energy, Aug. 25, 2015.

"Filling a gap in the market, the BPD provides public access to anonymized data on hundreds and thousands of buildings and homes.  Increased access to energy-related information in buildings allows end-users to make key decisions on energy efficiency projects, policies and programs. For the first time, users can compare variables across regional markets, uncover data trends, and draw conclusions that would otherwise be impossible or costly to identify."

Here are Some New Tools to Support Local Energy Efficiency

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Aug. 27, 2015, by Tyler Bailey.

"The Local Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator (LEEP-C) is a decision making tool for local policymaking. It estimates the impact select public and residential buildings policies have on energy savings, cost savings, pollution, and other outcomes. We have upgraded the original tool (v. 1.0, released in 2011) to include measures­ in the commercial building and transportation sector."

NREL Helps Federal Agencies Reach New Efficiency Targets

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Aug 19, 2015, by Wayne Hicks.

"An executive order issued by the White House in March puts greater emphasis on work done at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to help government agencies meet their goals. NREL has long been a resource for federal agencies on energy efficiency efforts and renewable energy technology. The newest executive order calls for tougher goals and spurs agencies to do more than what they've done already."

Schools Save Energy with CHP

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, Aug. 3, 2015, by Jen Anesi.

"With elementary and secondary schools tightening their purse strings, and with post-secondary institutions seeing a drop in enrollment numbers over the past couple years, schools across the nation are looking for ways to cut costs. Increasingly, they are turning to cogeneration as a way to save money while also being more environmentally friendly. And, while cogeneration is still largely an industrial process, the market has significant potential for educational institutions coast to coast."

Air Curtain: Energy-Saving Advancements Open Doors to New Uses

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2015, by Stephen Benes.{}

"The basic air curtain concept of protecting an open doorway from the exterior environment with and 'air seal' hasn't changed much in the last 50 years, but what has changed is the variety of businesses using them today to save energy."

Energy Efficiency: Data Should Drive Energy Upgrades

Building Operating Management, July 2015, by Richard Lubinski.

"It’s important for facility managers to understand the importance of data before, during, and after energy efficiency projects. Data can be your friend. Data — which as we’ll see, comes from such sources as utility bills, meters, submeters, and data loggers — guides energy audits (also called energy assessments) that lead to the creation of energy conservation measures (ECMs) that in turn will serve the building’s interests. Those audits also provide reliable estimates of energy savings and return on investment (ROI) — an important benefit, since measurement and verification (M&V) are essential with energy upgrades."


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