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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: Laws/Rules/Regulations

Laws/Rules/Regulations


First Energy Efficiency Legislation Passed by New Congress

RESNET News, April 30, 2015, by Laurel Elam.
http://www.resnet.us/blog/first-energy-efficiency-legislation-passed-by-new-congress/

"On April 21, 2015, Congress passed S 535, “The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015”.  The legislation was sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jean Shaheen (D-NH). "The modest energy efficiency legislation includes three provisions drawn from a larger efficiency bill sponsored by the two Senators:
  • Promotion of commercial building energy-use benchmarking and disclosure
  • Establishment of a voluntary “Tenant Star” program to promote energy efficiency in rental property that would certify and recognize commercial building tenants for achieving high levels of energy efficiency
  • Adjustment of efficiency standards for “grid-connected” water heaters, so that water heaters needed for demand response and thermal storage programs can continue to be sold"

Portland City Council Approves Energy Performance Reporting for Commercial Buildings

City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Apr. 22, 2015.
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/527323

"On Earth Day, Portland City Council voted unanimously to approve a new policy that will require owners of commercial buildings over 20,000 square feet to track energy use and report it on an annual basis. The policy will cover nearly 80 percent of the commercial square footage and affect approximately 1,000 buildings."

Industry Prepares for New Residential Water Heater Standards

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, Feb. 9, 2015, by Jen Anesi.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/128809-industry-prepares-for-new-residential-water-heater-standards

"New minimum energy-efficiency standards go into effect for nearly all residential gas and electric water heaters on April 16, 2015. The set of rigorous rules are the third generation of standards the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued for the equipment under the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987 (NAECA). While the new efficiency standards do not require manufacturers to use any specific technologies to achieve the new EF (energy factor) ratings, they’ve already necessitated a significant redesign effort from manufacturers."

Get Smart: 5 Trends Driving the HVAC Industry in 2015

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning Engineering, Feb. 2015, by Hal Conick.
http://hpac.com/building-controls/get-smart-5-trends-driving-hvac-industry-2015-0#slide-0-field_images-15891

1) Regulations, 2) System Integration, 3) HVAC Gets Smart, 4) Smart Everything, 5) Proprietary HVAC Controls.

New National Furnace Standards Will Save Consumers Money, But Stronger Standards Could Save Even More

ACEEE Blog, Feb. 11, 2015, by Andrew deLaski.
http://aceee.org/blog/2015/02/new-national-furnace-standards-will-s

On Feb. 10, 2015, "the US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a proposed rule for furnaces that would provide significant savings for consumers on their home heating bills, and be among the biggest natural-gas saving standards ever completed by the agency. The new standards would reduce gas and propane furnace energy consumption by about 13% relative to basic furnaces sold today."

Direct link to the U.S. DOE Rulemaking for Residential Furnaces and Boilers Energy Conservation Standards - http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/rulemaking.aspx?ruleid=62

Proposed Energy Conservation Standard for Hearth Products

U.S. Dept. of  Energy, Jan. 28, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/downloads/2015-01-28-issuance-energy-conservation-standard-hearth-products-nopr

"This document is a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking [NOPR] and public meeting regarding energy conservation standards for hearth products, as issued by the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency on January 28, 2015."

Rulemaking for Commercial and Industrial Fans and Blowers

U.S. DOE, EERE, Building Technologies Office, Appliance & Equipment Standards, Jan. 12, 2015.
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/rulemaking.aspx/ruleid/25

"DOE published a Federal Register notice of comment period extension for the notice of data availability regarding energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial fans and blowers. 80 FR 1477 (January 12, 2015). The comment period has been extended until February 25, 2015."

State Compliance Options [for Carbon Reduction] under EPA's Clean Power Plan

Sustainability: The Journal of Record, Aug. 2014, by Kate Swayne Wilson and others.
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/SUS.2014.9779

"While the ruling is not without opposition, many stakeholders were relieved to find that it [the Clean Power Plan] offers flexibility for each state to achieve its assigned carbon reduction target, and that states and utilities will be able to build on initiatives already in place."

Legislation May Usher in a New Golden Age for U.S. Hydropower

Hydro Review, July 2014, by Luke Rose and Rebecca K. Blood.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-33/issue-6/articles/legislation-may-usher-in-a-new-golden-age-for-u-s-hydropower.html

"With its revival for fiscal year 2014, the Hydroelectric Production Incentives Program shows promise as a new federal revenue stream for hydro facilities."

NASEO State [EPA] 111(d) Resource Hub

National Association of Energy Officials, June 2014.
http://111d.naseo.org/

"The State 111(d) Resource Hub will provide information for State Energy Offices on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rulemaking for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.  The EPA rulemaking will set guidelines for states to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The rule, known as the Clean Power Plan, was released by EPA on June 2, 2014. It allows states to meet state-specific goals through a mix of strategies, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, and demand-side management."

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