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The WSU Energy Program Library prepares this current awareness blog with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. These articles highlight energy-related news, articles, and reports about energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy for energy professionals and interested members of the public.

Category: Residential

Residential


Wind Power Considerations

Solar Today, Winter 2016-2017, by Mick Sagrillo.
https://tinyurl.com/z5jh7h4

"Today's small wind turbines are a reliable way to cut utility bills and help mitigate global climate change. At the core of the small wind industry lies a mature, tried-and-tested technology. This growing industry also attracts a lot of start-up businesses; unfortunately many of them based on half-baked ideas or wishful thinking... Here is a list of issues to consider when shopping for a small wind system."

Advanced Battery Technology: A Foundation for New Energy

Solar Today, Winter 2016-2017, by Jim Peterson.
https://tinyurl.com/gu4zv8c

"We are on the cusp of a new generation of energy, both on the residential and large-scale utility fronts. With advanced digital technology and materials such as a new generation of lithium ion batteries, the future for storage battery technology gets brighter every day."

Can Energy Efficiency and Health Industries Bring Momentum Mainstream?

E4TheFuture Blog, Jan. 12, 2017, Julie Michals.
http://e4thefuture.org/blog/can-energy-efficiency-and-health-industries-bring-momentum-mainstream/

"When E4TheFuture decided to explore the health co-benefits of energy efficiency in its November 2016 white paper Occupant Health Benefits of Residential Energy, we had a particular reason for doing so. Our initial focus was to document studies that could help inform cost-effectiveness screening—specifically, to help make the case that important health co-benefits of efficiency exist, and their value is not $0. We were excited to piggyback on a broader research effort undertaken by the US DOE."

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."

Advanced Storage Battery Technology – Providing a Foundation For the New Energy Paradigm

North American Clean Energy, Nov/Dec 2016, by Jim Petersen.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/24810/advanced-storage-battery-technology-providing-a-foundation-for-the-new-energy-paradigm

"The burgeoning energy storage market is being driven by improved energy efficiency, the declining cost of solar equipment, and higher capacity energy storage made possible by improved battery technology, such as lithium ion. This creates a huge benefit to consumers of electric power, especially with federal incentives covering up to 30 percent of the total system cost."

Home RX: The Health Benefits of Home Performance: A Review of the Current Evidence

Prepared by the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) for the U.S. Dept. of Energy, EERE, Dec. 2016.
https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/sites/default/files/attachments/Home%20Rx%20The%20Health%20Benefits%20of%20Home%20Performance%20-%20A%20Review%20of%20the%20Current%20Evidence.pdf

"The home performance industry supports whole-house solutions to improve home energy use and enhance indoor air quality and environmental conditions. Numerous studies have evaluated the effects of a range of residential energy efficiency and green renovation work on indoor environmental quality and occupant health. However, there has not been a systematic review of such studies to summarize current knowledge and identify research gaps."

This Holiday Season, Beware a Hidden Scrooge – Increased Energy Use from MELs

U.S. Dept. of Energy, Dec. 20, 2016.
https://energy.gov/eere/articles/holiday-season-beware-hidden-scrooge-increased-energy-use-mels

"Miscellaneous electric loads (MELs) represent those appliances, equipment, and devices that use electricity but do not contribute to a building’s core functions of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, water heating, or refrigeration. The proliferation of these miscellaneous devices and equipment means the amount of energy they consume is continuing to grow."

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.”"

Portland Set To Pass Home Energy Score Requirement

Portland Business Journal, Dec. 8, 2016, by Pete Danko.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2016/12/08/portland-set-to-pass-home-energy-score-requirement.html

"The Portland City Council on Wednesday signaled that it’s ready to approve a measure that will require homeowners to get a home energy score before they put their house up for sale. The measure, promoted by Mayor Charlie Hales, is supported by energy-efficiency advocates and climate-change activists but fiercely opposed by the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors."

What It Takes To Get Community Solar Done

Solar Industry, Nov. 2016, by Tim Braun.
http://issues.solarindustrymag.com/article/what-it-takes-to-get-community-solar-done

"Early distributed generation (DG) models inspired us to believe that we could all participate in the mission to democratize and decarbonize our energy infrastructure. Yet, for a long time, that was really only true for a quarter of U.S. households and businesses. For the other 75% or so, putting a solar PV system on their roof or property either wasn’t possible or wasn’t practical. Those hurdles are being addressed today through the proliferation of community solar, an adaptive DG model that has opened the door to a vast new customer base – one that includes all of us."

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