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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.

 

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The IoT Opens New Opportunities for Energy Efficient Buildings

Energy Manager Today, Jan. 10, 2017, by Carl Weinschenk.
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/iot-opens-new-opportunities-energy-efficient-buildings-0129646/

"The great potential for the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve energy efficiency in buildings was illustrated during the past week by an introduction and an investment. The problem addressed by the introduction is that the IoT is being deployed before interoperability and other standards and protocols are fully developed and in place. This means that the system – which even under the best of conditions will be monstrously complex and sophisticated – could devolve into islands of disconnected functionality. In such a future, the IoT would be of limited use – and may even be an overall detriment."

How To Calculate Life-Cycle Costs and Justify Energy Efficient HVAC Upgrades

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2017, by Conrad Kelso and Phil Lebrun.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/hvac/article/How-To-Calculate-Life-Cycle-Costs-and-Justify-Energy-Efficient-HVAC-Upgrades--16971

"...a three-part article on how determining long-term costs can make energy efficiency more attractive to upper managers."

Why Would A Hospital Consider Absorption Chillers?

Engineered Systems, Nov. 2016, by Marcia Karr.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/98005-why-would-a-hospital-consider-absorption-chillers

"While CHP is good, CCHP can be even better for your facility and its locale. The author surveys the potential benefits, building code input, and electrical considerations. After a couple of case studies, she then reviews considerable engineering re-sources the DOE provides for those contemplating a forward-looking but proven design."

Big Opportunities for Small Business: Successful Practices of Utility Small Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs

ACEEE, Nov. 21, 2016, by Seth Nowack.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/u1607.pdf

"The great majority of gas and electric utility commercial customers are small businesses. Utility energy efficiency programs are beginning to tap the potential for energy and demand savings in the small business sector. In this report, we provide examples of successful practices and describe emerging approaches."

Apartment Buildings Get on the Energy Efficiency Train

Energy Manager Today, Dec. 7, 2016, by Carl Weinschenk.
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/apartment-buildings-get-on-the-energy-efficiency-train-0128919/

"Efforts are underway to address residential building energy use. In October, the National Network of Business and Industry Association provided a grant to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council  (IREC) that enabled it and the NAAEI to launch a micro-credential program aimed at apartment technical staffs. The credential will be a step beyond Certification for Apartment Maintenance Technicians (CAMT). CAMT+E certification attests that the person is capable in planning, procuring and managing energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits in apartments. It is, the press release says, “the first in a series of stackable micro-credentials, which together will lead to a new Certificate for Maintenance Supervisors.”"

DOE Completes New [Rotary] Air Compressor Standards

Appliance Standards Awareness Project, Dec. 5, 2016, by Chris Granda.
http://www.appliance-standards.org/blog/doe-completes-new-air-compressor-standards

"Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released new energy efficiency standards for rotary air compressors. These large air compressors power a range of commercial and industrial equipment such as manufacturing robots, pneumatic tools, and paint sprayers and use about 6 percent of all motor-driven electricity consumption in the industrial sector."

Companies Are Getting Strategic About Their Energy Use: Five Key Trends

Forbes, Nov. 14, 2016, by Liz Delaney.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/edfenergyexchange/2016/11/14/companies-are-getting-strategic-about-their-energy-use-5-key-trends/#62c96c1544b0

"Energy management has evolved since we dispatched our first EDF Climate Corps fellows back in 2008 to jumpstart corporate energy efficiency programs in America. ....After careful analysis of more than 3,200 energy project recommendations, we identified five key trends."

Is Your Building Endangering Birds?

Buildings, Oct. 2016, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/20713/title/is-your-building-endangering-birds-

"Excessive exterior lighting isn’t just wasting energy – it may be harming migrating birds. Cut down your energy spending and ensure safe passage during migration season by joining a local Lights Out initiative."

Solar Thermal Energy: Why The Wait?

Solar Today, Oct. 2016, by William T. Guiney.
http://solartoday.org/2016/10/solar-thermal-energy-why-the-wait/

"For those of you who only know solar energy as Photovoltaics (PV) there is another solar technology that has the potential to significantly reduce GreenHouse-Gas emissions often referred to as the other solar “White Meat” basically ignored by most of the State and DOE, Federal Energy and R&D programs except Solar Thermal Electric Generation (CSP). Common uses of the other white meat or I should say the other solar technology include: swimming pool heating, boiler water preheating, domestic water and space heating, air conditioning, and high temperature heat for a wide range of commercial and industrial processes such as Industrial Process Heat (IPH)."

Advanced Heating Technologies for VRF

Construction Specifier, Oct. 2016, by Cain White.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/advanced-heating-technologies-for-vrf/

"Cold temperatures and disruptive precipitation create problems every year. When it comes to heating spaces, the challenge tends to be how to do 
it effectively and efficiently...Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) makes the most of the square footage and budget while offering energy-efficient and reliable technology providing superior occupant comfort. It achieves success by dividing a building’s interior into zones, each of which can be operated separately."
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