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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.


Energy-Harvesting Sensors Eliminate the Need for Batteries in Some Applications

Energy Efficiency Markets, Nov. 25, 2015, by Lisa Cohn.

"Energy-harvesting sensors that are made of fabric and eliminate the need for batteries in some applications are the focus of this podcast interview with Keith McMillen, CEO and founder of BeBop Sensors."

Renewables Poised to Deliver Climate Solution

North American Clean Energy, Nov. 2015.

"Emission reductions from renewables, coupled with energy efficiency improvements, must be at the heart of any effort to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). REthinking Energy 2015 – Renewable Energy and Climate, finds that achieving a 36% share of renewable energy by 2030 would result in half of all emission reductions needed to maintain a two degree pathway. Energy efficiency measures could supply the rest."

Energy Efficiency Could Cut Decarbonizing Costs by $2.8 Trillion

Energy Efficiency, Nov. 25, 2015, by Elisa Wood.

"Energy efficiency can reduce the cost of decarbonizing the economies of the U.S. Brazil, China, Europe, India, and Mexico by up to $250 billion per year, according to a new report.“How Energy Efficiency Cuts Costs for a 2° C Future.”"

How to Buy Energy Efficient Holiday Gifts — and then Make them Even More Efficient

Energy Efficiency, Nov. 19, 2015.

"Okay, energy insiders. Here’s a chance to really cement your reputation as the family geek by buying energy efficient holiday gifts.  Noah Horowitz offers the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) 2015 Electronics Holiday Shopping Guide. It includes information on how to make gadgets and games even more energy efficient after you bring them home."

The Top 5 Trends in Distributed Energy Policy and Rate Design

Utility Dive, Nov. 23, 2015, by Herman K. Trabish.

"From Maine to Hawaii, regulators continue to be caught between the power of utilities and the passion of renewables advocates on a slew of distributed energy issues, and a new report points out that they aren't likely to subside anytime soon."

What Are Transient Loads, and How Do I Reduce the Effect On My Turbines?

Wind Systems, Oct. 2015, by Doug Herr.

"In the wind industry today, there is more discussion than ever on loads in the drivetrain of turbines. A significant amount of work has been done over the past few years to show that transient loads, particularly transient torque reversal loads, are occurring more often than expected. NREL’s Gearbox Reliability Collaborative has discussed transients and developed test cells to better understand the dynamics within the drivetrain."

HVAC Contractors Prepare for DOE Efficiency Mandates

Air Conditioning/Heating/Refrigeration News, Oct. 18, 2015, by Joanna R. Turpin.

"At the beginning of the year, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) minimum efficiency standards for residential air conditioners and heat pumps went into effect, dividing the country into three regions — North, South, and Southwest. The standards dictate that contractors in the latter two regions are allowed to install 13-SEER heat pumps and air conditioners until mid-2016 (or until supplies run out); then, they must only offer 14-SEER (or higher) equipment. Many HVAC distributors in those regions stocked up on 13-SEER equipment ahead of the deadline and are happy to see that their bets paid off as the inventory flew off the shelves."

Pot Power: How Utilities and Regulators are Dealing with the Budding Marijuana Industry

Utility Dive, Nov. 13, 2015, by Gavin Bade.

"Marijuana growing is becoming so mainstream — and is consuming so much energy — that electric utilities and their regulators from coast to coast are sitting up and taking notice."

Fact Sheet: Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2015)

Environmental and Energy Study Institute, Nov. 6, 2015.

"This fact sheet examines employment in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors in the United States and around the world."

8 Reasons Pumps Operate Off Their Curves

Flow Control, Oct. 30, 2015, by Randy Riddell.

"The plant is having process issues, and the culprit appears to be a process centrifugal pump. The area production manager has asked you to check the pump to see if it is operating on its curve. “Pump won’t pump, make pump pump,” he says. Sounds like a reasonable request. However, other questions need to be answered, such as: Where is the pump running on its curve? If it is not running on its curve, why?"
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