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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: Agriculture

Agriculture


Where Marijuana Plants Flourish Under Energy-Saving LED Lights

New York Times, Nov. 25, 2016, by Diane Cardwell.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/25/business/energy-environment/marijuana-legal-environment-lights.html?_r=0

[Subsidized by Puget Sound Energy], "Evergrow Northwest, a legal producer of recreational marijuana in Tumwater, Wash., is running an experiment, comparing using LED lights to grow cannabis with using more common high-pressure sodium bulbs."

Room to Grow [LED Grow Lights]

HybridTech News, Nov. 23, 2016, by Chris Gromek.
http://hybridtech.us/room-to-grow/

"...it’s a brand new day for the electrical systems that serve marijuana grows and other indoor agricultural installations. And the lighting industry is taking notice. In March 2016, market research firm MarketsandMarkets released an analysis that forecasts a doubling in demand for grow lights worldwide between 2016 and 2022, with sales approaching $4.2 billion by the end of that period. More than half of that growth is expected to take place in North America."

Fuel Of The Future? [Biomass]

Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Oct. 18, 2016, by John Harrison.
http://www.nwcouncil.org/news/blog/boardman-plant-will-burn-renewable-fuel/

"Portland General Electric will stop burning coal at its Boardman power plant in 2020, replacing coal with biomass including a bamboo-like cane."

How Agriculture Can Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Wall Street Journal Blog, Oct. 16, 2016, by Jason Bordoff.
http://blogs.wsj.com/experts/2016/10/16/how-agriculture-can-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions/

"WSJ Energy Expert says that while changing eating habits is important, changing agricultural practices will have a much bigger impact on carbon emissions."

Innovation Ups Irrigation IQ: Sensors, Controllers, and Flow Meters Get Smarter

Water Efficiency, Sep/Oct 2016, by Lyn Corum.
http://foresternetwork.com/water-efficiency-magazine/we-water/we-smart-meters/innovation-ups-irrigation-iq/

"All growers want to see their crops, gardens, and landscapes flourish. Competition among manufacturers of irrigation controllers, sensors, and flow meters is driving innovation at high speed in this digital age, to satisfy the market."

Merkley [OR] Announces $52 Million in Energy Loans for Rural Communities

The Gorge Business News, July 7, 2016.
http://thegorgebusinessnews.com/2016/07/merkley-announces-52-million-in-energy-loans-for-rural-communities/

"Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make $52 million in loans available to rural electric co-ops through the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP). RESP is a program designed by Senator Merkley to allow rural electric co-ops to offer their customers low-interest loans from USDA to provide affordable financing for energy efficiency improvements. The customers then pay back the loans through the savings on their electric bills."

Facilitating Fermentation [Pumping Systems]

Pumps & Systems, July 2016, by John Wallace.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/july-2016-facilitating-fermentation

"California vineyard uses AODD [air-operated double-diaphragm]pumps for 6,000-gallon tanks to achieve up to 60 percent savings in energy and operating costs."

Irrigation Modernization Program Wins National Award

The Bulletin (Bend, OR), June 21, 2016.
http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/4445666-151/irrigation-districts-participate-in-program

"Eight irrigation districts in Central Oregon are taking part in a water-saving program that recently won a national award. The program seeks to modernize irrigation systems by replacing open canals with piping to keep water from evaporating or leaking while being diverted to farms and ranches."

Farm to Fleets: Manure Helps Chicago Startup Build Natural Gas Network

Chicago Tribune, Mar. 2016, by Ally Marotti.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/originals/ct-ampcng-opens-more-filling-stations-20160317-story.html

"Chicago startup AmpCNG launched at a farm in northwest Indiana that converted cow manure to renewable natural gas. Nearly five years later, that manure from Fair Oaks Farm is still a core part of the West Loop-based startup’s business. But its reach has grown. It now owns and operates 19 compressed natural gas, or CNG, stations in eight states, fueling the increasing number of vehicles that operate on the resource."

Optimizing Irrigation

Water Efficiency, May 2016, by Don Talend.
http://foresternetwork.com/daily/water/irrigation/optimizing-irrigation-2/

"Irrigation monitoring systems save water and dollars--and often maximize the health of crops, plants, and turf."
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