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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: Commercial

Commercial


Microgrid Momentum: Building Efficient, Resilient Power

C2ES: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Mar. 2017, Doug Vine, et. al.
https://www.c2es.org/docUploads/microgrid-momentum-03-2017.pdf

"When Hurricane Sandy cut off power to millions of homes and businesses in the Northeast, a few areas, mostly parts of universities, kept the lights on using their own power generation systems. This ability to sustain electricity service during widespread natural disasters is one reason for the growing interest in microgrids. But they offer other important benefits as well. By increasing efficiency, integrating renewables, and helping manage energy supply and demand, microgrids can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ave energy. For utilities, microgrids can ensure power reliability in remote areas. Microgrids also appeal to those who want to disconnect from utility bills."

How to Plan a Successful Energy Efficiency Upgrade

Building Operating Management, Mar. 2017, by Lindsay Audin.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Plan-Audit-Commission-Measure-and-Verify-Steps-To-A-Successful-Energy-Upgrade--17074

"When developing ways to improve energy efficiency in commercial facilities, two words stand out: Plan ahead. While some efficiency options are almost literally plug-and-play, maximizing benefits while avoiding pitfalls involves steps taken long before choices are made and equipment specified. New technologies, incentives, and codes need to be integrated into any strategy for saving money through energy use reduction. Done well, those steps may lead to higher quality, greater savings, lower costs, and happier occupants." An article in 3-parts.

Optimized Energy Recovery

ASHRAE Journal, Jan. 2017, by Marvin Kirshenbaum.
http://ashraecok.org/images/downloads/Technical_Literature/journal_2017_01_optimized_energy_recovery.pdf

"This article addresses extending the application of waste heat recovery to both reheat and primary heating, allowing for a heat reclaim system no longer restricted to seasonal operation."

4 Benefits of LED Lighting Beyond Energy Efficiency

Building Operating Management, Feb. 2017, by Farhad Rahim and Gabe Guilliams.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/lighting/article/4-Benefits-of-LED-Lighting-Beyond-Energy-Efficiency--17024

"A four-part article looking at how FMs can justify an LED upgrade."

Why Net Metering Matters For Commercial Solar, Too

Solar Industry, Jan. 2017, by Graham Smith.
http://issues.solarindustrymag.com/article/why-net-metering-matters-for-commercial-solar-too

"The C&I sector is often overlooked when it comes to the battle over NEM reform.... 2017 promises to hold many more discussions across the nation about NEM reform, from northwestern states like Utah, to the tip of the Northeast in New Hampshire and Maine. As policymakers and industry executives come together to decide on the future of solar, there must also be discussions about the effects of NEM reforms on C&I."

Trends in Hydronics

HPAC Engineering, Dec. 2016, by John Vastyan.
http://hpac.com/piping-pumping/trends-hydronics

"Innovations aimed at enhancing energy efficiency, improving system performance, and prolonging equipment life."

Refrigerants in Transition: Impacts on HVAC-System Design

HPAC Engineering, Dec. 2016, by Ryan Geister.
http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/refrigerants-transition-impacts-hvac-system-design

"With the world’s attention increasingly focused on climate change, organizations are more attuned to carbon-footprint implications during the building-design process and the impacts buildings have on the environment. HVAC-system efficiency plays a crucial role in a building’s environmental impact. While it is important to choose equipment that delivers high-efficiency performance, it is even more critical to consider a building’s entire HVAC system during design."

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."
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