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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: Environment

Environment


Northwest Carbon Footprint Is Low and Getting Lower

Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Dec. 21, 2016, by Gillian Charles.
http://www.nwcouncil.org/news/blog/carbon-emissions/

"Regional emissions from carbon dioxide down slightly from 2013, 2014."

"Emiciency": Rethinking How We Measure Efficiency

Rural Electric Magazine, Nov. 2016, by Keith Dennis, Ken Colburn, and Jim Lazar.
http://remagazine.coop/emiciency-rethinking-measuring-energy-efficiency/

"The nature of the electricity grid is changing dramatically, as are our nation’s environmental goals, so our policy thinking needs to change profoundly too. Mounting research suggests that aggressive electrification of energy end uses—such as space heating, water heating, and transportation—is needed if the United States and the world are to achieve ambitious emissions-reduction goals for carbon dioxide (CO2). This concept, the electrification of energy end uses that have been powered by fossil fuels (natural gas, propane, gasoline, diesel, or fuel oil) in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is called “environmentally beneficial electrification."

How Understanding the Psychology of Energy Efficiency Can Help Protect the Environment

ACEEE Blog, Dec. 1, 2016, by Reuven Sussman. 
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/12/how-understanding-psychology-energy

"Why do some people take action to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprints while others do not? Environmental psychologists, behavioral economists and other social scientists have all investigated this question, and come up with a variety of answers. A new report [Social Mobilization: How to Encourage Action on Climate Change], sponsored by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and co-authored by ACEEE, explains the psychology of individual energy efficiency actions, and how large scale behavior change programs can use this research to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

Companies Are Getting Strategic About Their Energy Use: Five Key Trends

Forbes, Nov. 14, 2016, by Liz Delaney.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/edfenergyexchange/2016/11/14/companies-are-getting-strategic-about-their-energy-use-5-key-trends/#62c96c1544b0

"Energy management has evolved since we dispatched our first EDF Climate Corps fellows back in 2008 to jumpstart corporate energy efficiency programs in America. ....After careful analysis of more than 3,200 energy project recommendations, we identified five key trends."

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."

Six Common City-Level Energy Policies Could Reduce Nationwide Carbon Emissions by up to 480 Million Metric Tons Annually

National Renewable Energy Lab, Oct. 19, 2016.
http://www.nrel.gov/news/press/2016/38755

"...[NREL] recently examined the carbon abatement potential of city actions in six policy areas as part of the DOE's Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project. The analysis uses new data on energy use in more than 23,400 U.S. cities and estimates the aggregate impact of city actions related to: building energy codes, public transit, building energy incentives, rooftop photovoltaics, smart growth, and municipal actions."

Breakthrough Advancements in Biofuels Research?

Engineering360 (IEEE), Oct. 4, 2016, by Brad Buecker.
http://insights.globalspec.com/article/3326/breakthrough-advancements-in-biofuels-research

"After a look at some biomass basics, this article examines an example of research at ISU Iowa State University] regarding biofuels/biochemicals production methods."

LED Streetlights Are Giving Neighborhoods the Blues

IEEE Spectrum, Sept. 22, 2016, by Jeff Hecht.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/green-tech/conservation/led-streetlights-are-giving-neighborhoods-the-blues

"Early adopters of LED street lighting are struggling with glare and light pollution."

Hydropower Isn’t Carbon Neutral After All, WSU Researchers Say

The Seattle Times, Sept. 28, 2016, by Lynda V. Mapes.
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/hydropower-isnt-carbon-neutral-after-all-wsu-researchers-say/

"Washington State University researchers have learned that reservoirs produce much more methane, a potent greenhouse gas, than previously understood."
Link to access the full-text article: http://bioscience.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/10/02/biosci.biw117

New Data Reaffirms Carbon Benefits of Biodiesel

National Biodiesel Board, Sept. 14, 2016, by Jessica Robinson.
http://nbb.org/news/nbb-press-releases/press-release-display/2016/09/14/new-data-reaffirms-carbon-benefits-of-biodiesel

"Wally Tyner, a professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, presented his research team’s latest findings today regarding the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of producing biodiesel from soybeans.  Those findings confirm that soybean oil offers very good carbon reduction when used to displace fossil fuel. Tyner is supported by the James and Louis Ackerman endowment."
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