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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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Commercial


Zero Energy: Path for Existing Buildings

Building Operating Management, Apr. 2017, by David Park
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/How-Existing-Buildings-Are-Moving-Toward-Net-Zero-Energy--17111

An article in 4-parts:
Part 1: How Existing Buildings Are Moving Toward Net Zero Energy
Part 2: Deep Energy Retrofits: First Step Toward Zero Energy Existing Buildings
Part 3: How To Use Renewable Energy To Achieve Zero Energy Existing Buildings
Part 4: Retail Chains Embrace Solar: Total of More Than 1 Gigawatt of Installed Solar

Modular Chillers Reduce Energy, Ownership Costs, Ensure Uptime

HPAC Engineering, Mar. 2017, by Climacool Corp.
http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/modular-chillers-reduce-energy-ownership-costs-ensure-uptime

"At the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, Calif., an independent biomedical research facility focused on the connection between aging and chronic disease, prepared to embark on a 60,000-sq-ft expansion of its 185,000-sq-ft research facility, [they] sought a HVAC solution that not only could provide added capacity, but would optimize energy efficiency, minimize overall consumption, and reduce total cost of ownership. With the facility running on 100 percent single-pass outdoor air and requiring six air changes per hour—any HVAC-component downtime would require a complete shutdown of the facility—the Buck Institute needed a solution that also would minimize downtime—both during construction and post-occupancy—with built-in redundancies."

CLEAResult Guide to Smart Thermostats

CLEAResult, 2017.
https://www.clearesult.com/insights/whitepapers/guide-to-smart-thermostats/

"...this paper outlines available products and services and shares the collective expertise of CLEAResult’s energy analysts, building science consultants and program managers who have first-hand knowledge of how smart thermostats work and how they can help save energy."


Strategies for Peak Shaving and Power Security

Forester Daily News, Mar. 2017, by Ed Ritchie.
http://foresternetwork.com/daily/energy/strategies-for-peak-shaving-and-power-security/

"In Part 1 of a 5-part series, author Ed Ritchie takes readers through the process of understanding reliable energy strategies like peak shaving for business applications. Through this series, he explains the multifaceted components of commercial building energy systems that might include utilities analysis software, commercial generators, and other onsite technologies important in maintaining reliable power generation."

Why Rate Design Matters for Energy Efficiency

ACEEE Blog, Mar. 22, 2017, by Brendon Baatz.
http://aceee.org/blog/2017/03/why-rate-design-matters-energy

"Today, most American households pay for electric service via a two-part electric rate. This typically consists of a small, fixed customer charge ($ per month) and an energy rate applied per unit of electricity ($ per kilowatt hour). There are some variations on this model, including energy rates that vary based on time of day or total monthly consumption, but the basic structure of residential rates hasn’t changed much over time. In recent years, utilities have proposed significant departures to this format to address the changing dynamics of the electric utility industry."

Preparing For More DG On the Grid: No Two-Way Power Flow About It?

Public Power, Mar/Apr 2017, by Laura D'Alessandro.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=47668

"Installing solar panels seems simple, according to all those companies selling them. Just sign up, invite someone onto your roof to install them, and boom, you’re in business — generating power even when the grid goes down. Right? Not exactly."

Play Ball! American Baseball Stadiums Round the Bases on Energy Efficiency

U.S. Dept. of Energy, Apr. 3, 2017 by Jason Hartke.
https://energy.gov/eere/articles/play-ball-american-baseball-stadiums-round-bases-energy-efficiency

"As Americans gear up to “root, root, root for the home team” on Major League Baseball’s (MLB’s) Opening Day, they might be too focused on the games to notice that their stadium is more efficient than it used to be. Professional ballparks average 1 million square feet and together host more than 73 million Americans each year – which means there are a lot of opportunities for improvements that enhance visitor experience, save stadium owners and operators money, and reduce energy and water use."

Smart Building Technology

Forester Daily News, Mar. 2017, by Ed Ritchie.
http://foresternetwork.com/daily/energy/building-automation/smart-building-technology-2/

"Automation software, customizable networks, and data collection create energy savings."

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.
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