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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: Energy Consumption

Energy Consumption


Weather Trending for Energy Performance

Buildings, Sept. 2014, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17863/title/weather-trending-for-energy-performance.aspx

"Finding higher energy usage than you expected is disappointing, especially if you were hoping to find savings from an efficiency project. A recent heat wave may have something to do with it, but without data to back up your sneaking suspicion, there’s not much you can do to explain your energy anomaly."

Green Building Report [Energy Benchmarking]

Building Operating Management, Sept. 2014, by Helen J. Kessler.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/How-Energy-Benchmarking-Ordinances-Can-Help-Facility-Managers-Save-Money--15275

A 5-part article:

Part 1: How Energy Benchmarking Ordinances Can Help Facility Managers Save Money
Part 2: Understanding Energy Benchmarking Ordinances
Part 3: Strategies To Reduce Operating Costs Using Energy Benchmarks
Part 4: Energy Benchmarking Is First Step To Savings For Chicago High Rise
Part 5: New Operations and Maintenance Credits in LEED v4


A Starring Role For Universal City [Hotel] Retrofit

Engineered Systems, Sept., 2014, by Tony Ghaffari.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96738-a-starring-role-for-universal-city-retrofit

"A Hilton in the heart of show biz transformed into a sustainable destination hotel with the help of chiller and cooling tower overhauls and improved BAS and ventilation strategies. Don’t miss the final plot twist before the system’s big launch party."

Battle of the Kilowatts: Challenge Occupants to Reduce Energy with Games and Competitions

Buildings, July 2014, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17610/title/battle-of-the-kilowatts.aspx

"The relationship facility managers have with tenants can be a wary one at best, fraught with skirmishes over space heaters, thermostat settings, and light levels. But with the growing impact of plug loads, building owners need to recognize that human behavior can make or break an efficiency program."

Water Utilities Are Starting to Take Their Own Conservation Advice

Governing, Aug. 2014, by Elizabeth Daigneau.
http://www.governing.com/topics/transportation-infrastructure/gov-water-utilities-conservation.html

"Wastewater treatment plants are often the biggest consumers of electricity in their area. Gresham, Ore., and Washington, D.C., are making moves to change that."

Measuring Up [Submetering]

Net Zero Buildings, June 2014. (Scroll to page 28)
http://issuu.com/constructionbusinessmedia/docs/1406nzb-r1?e=6596036/8395630#search

"Submetering products and services sales are expected to double by the end of the decade. Commercial tenants seeking to boost efficiency turn to submetering as a way to understand baseline energy use, and to provide verifiable data."

Cool Policies for Cool Cities: Best Practices for Mitigating Urban Heat Islands in North American Cities

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), June 17, 2014, by Virginia Hewitt, Eric Mackres, Kurt Shickman. (Free registration required to view full report.)
http://www.aceee.org/research-report/u1405

"The urban heat island (UHI) effect is a global phenomenon in which dark, impermeable surfaces and concentrated human activity cause urban temperatures to be several degrees hotter than those in surrounding areas. Urban heat islands impose negative effects on local and global public health, air quality, energy consumption, resilience, quality of life, stormwater management, and environmental justice. Cities across North America experience and mitigate the impacts of UHIs. We conducted a review of the UHI mitigation activities of 26 North American cities and distributed a questionnaire to local government contacts to gather information."

The Carbon Footprint of Indoor Cannabais Production

Energy Policy, by Evan Mills, PhD and Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2012.
http://evan-mills.com/energy-associates/Indoor_files/cannabis-carbon-footprint.pdf

We usually only post very current reports and articles, but this one is so relevant and a new topic of interest for many, that we decided to go ahead and list it.

"This article presents a model of the modern-day production process—based on public sources and equipment vendor data—and provides national scoping estimates of the energy use, costs, and greenhouse-gas emissions associated with this activity in the United States."

D.C. Releases Energy Benchmarking Data

EcoBuilding Pulse, Feb. 26, 2014, by Katie Weeks.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/energy-efficiency/dc-releases-energy-benchmarking-data_o.aspx?dfpzone=home

"In 2008, the District of Columbia became the first jurisdiction in the United States to require private buildings to measure and disclose their energy performance. And now, six years later, the data is in and available for public consumption. This week D.C. announced that it has released detailed data on the energy and water use of the area's largest privately owned buildings, making it the second jurisdiction in the country to do so, following New York City's lead."

Critical Facilities: Data Center Deliberation

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2014, by Loren Snyder.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/datacenters/article/How-HVAC-Economizers-Can-Help-Data-Centers-Meet-Energy-Codes-Energy-Star-Ratings-And-ASHRAE-Standards--14655?source=part

A 4-part article on energy use in data centers:
  1. Air-Flow Management, Economizer Use And Understanding PUE Can Help Improve Data Center Efficiency
  2. How HVAC Economizers Can Help Data Centers Meet Energy Codes, Energy Star Ratings And ASHRAE Standards
  3. Managing Data Center Air Flow With Hot Aisles, Cold Aisles Can Help Drive Energy Efficiency
  4. Tailor Data Center Energy Strategies To Business Needs

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