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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: Energy Consumption

Energy Consumption


Energy Savings Can Be Fun, But No Need To Turn Off All The Lights

NPR, Mar. 7, 2017, by Ingrid Lobet.
http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2017/03/07/518175670/energy-savings-can-be-fun-but-no-need-to-turn-off-all-the-lights

"A new company is doing more than just monitoring electricity use. It's making tracking your electrical data fun. Steve Reed of San Diego says he signed up for free with OhmConnect. He was eager to see how much his family could cut back on electricity at times when there is a high demand for it in the area. Soon, he got a text prompting him to lower use for an hour — from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. the next day. The service includes an interactive map of where your electricity is coming from. Curtis Tongue, one of OhmConnect's co-founders, says it makes climate change and pollution less remote and gives people a way to do something purposeful."

Electricity End Uses, Energy Efficiency, and Distributed Energy Resources Baseline

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Jan. 2017.
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/electricity-end-uses-energy

"Berkeley Lab contributed a foundational analysis underlying the QER [DOE Quadrennial Energy Review]—a detailed analysis of electricity consumption by market sector, including cost, technology, and other trends. It looked at energy efficiency and distributed energy resources, like rooftop solar, and their impact on electricity supply and demand. [This] report, Electricity End Uses, Energy Efficiency, and Distributed Energy Resources Baseline, also describes the benefits of these resources as well as barriers to their adoption by examining a number of policies and programs. An appendix to the report reviews innovations in evaluation, measurement and verification to assess their impact."

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."

Can the US Cut Its Energy Use In Half By 2050?

ACEEE Blog, Dec. 7, 2016, by Steven Nadel.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/12/can-us-cut-its-energy-use-half-2050

"Yes, but we will have to double down on our efforts....We also thought it would be useful to look at potential savings in terms of cost-effective efficiency policies in order to more clearly outline what needs to be done to reach this 2050 goal. So today we release a new white paper with the results of our new analysis. These energy savings are important, because they can save the nation billions in energy bills, create domestic jobs, protect the environment, and yield numerous other benefits."

Northwest Again Leads Nation in Energy Efficiency Investments

Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Nov. 18, 2016, by John Harrison.
http://www.nwcouncil.org/news/blog/energy-efficiency-2015-survey-results/

"Based on the results of a new regional survey, the Council reported this month that the Pacific Northwest has reduced demand for electricity by 1,739 average megawatts over the last six years — enough saved electricity to meet the annual power demand of 1.25 million homes and avoid the need to build four new average-size natural gas-fired power plants."

Revising the TV Energy Use Test Procedure: Incorporating HDR and Other Needed Changes

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Nov. 16, 2016, by Ecos Research.
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/revising-the-tv-energy-use-test-procedure-incorporating-hdr-and-other-needed-changes.pdf

"NEEA recognized during the spring of 2016 that a substantial body of emerging research was pointing to serious flaws in the current US TV test procedure and energy use assumptions. As a result, NEEA commissioned this report, and the new research behind it, to understand how the test procedure could be improved, what qualities a new test clip should possess, and how much progress toward an optimal long-term test procedure could be made in the interim to inform current labeling and incentive programs."

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."

Report Summary: Energy Savings Forecast of SSL in General Illumination

U.S. Dept. of Energy, EERE, Sept. 2016.
http://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2016/09/f33/energysavingsforecast16_summary_0.pdf

"U.S. energy savings attributable to LED lighting will reach 5.1 quads by 2035. Energy use for lighting in 2035 will be 75% lower than  it would have been if  LEDs had not entered the market."

The Water Energy Nexus: Business Risks & Rewards

Pumps & Systems, May 2016, by Jessi Tseng.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/may-2016-water-energy-nexus-business-risks-rewards

"Increasing demand and competition for water and energy have implications for many of the world's largest industries. Energy utilities and producers of metals, chemicals, oil, gas and coal are the most energy- and water-intensive industries.... New ideas and approaches will be necessary to ensure sustainable resources in the future."

This Earth Day, Let’s Look at How Much Energy We’ve Been Using

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Apr. 22, 2016, by Rachel Cluett.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/04/earth-day-let-s-look-how-much-energy

"Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, and that got us thinking about how households used energy back then. What did they use it for? Do we follow the same conventional wisdom for saving energy in our homes today, even though there are some obvious differences in the types of devices we use now?  We were curious to dig in and see how energy use has changed over the past 35+ years, and how that change shapes our efforts to conserve."
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