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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.

 


Case study: Reducing Costs with Cloud-Based Energy Management [Water Recycling Plant]

RCR Wireless News, Nov. 18, 2016, by Phillip Tracy.
http://www.rcrwireless.com/20161118/internet-of-things/energy-management-candi-tag31-tag99

"The Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency claims to operate the world’s largest water recycling facility designed for raw food crop irrigation, using 25 pumping stations to treat 20 million gallons of wastewater every day. Pumping, treatment and conveyance are a few of the most expensive and energy exhaustive processes for regional municipalities, comprising more than 30% of their budgets, according to a case study provided by Candi Controls. The MRWPCA chose an energy management and control solution to try to reduce operating costs associated with its operations."

A Policymaker’s Guide to Smart Manufacturing

Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, Nov. 30, 2016, by Stephen Ezell.
https://itif.org/publications/2016/11/30/policymakers-guide-smart-manufacturing

"Smart manufacturing—the application of information technologies to manufacturing processes—is poised to transform how products are designed, fabricated, serviced, and used. But to speed this transformation, the federal government needs smarter policies for smart manufacturing."

DOE Completes New [Rotary] Air Compressor Standards

Appliance Standards Awareness Project, Dec. 5, 2016, by Chris Granda.
http://www.appliance-standards.org/blog/doe-completes-new-air-compressor-standards

"Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released new energy efficiency standards for rotary air compressors. These large air compressors power a range of commercial and industrial equipment such as manufacturing robots, pneumatic tools, and paint sprayers and use about 6 percent of all motor-driven electricity consumption in the industrial sector."

DOE Completes New Consensus-Based [Residential] Air Conditioner Standards

Appliance Standards Awareness Project, Dec. 5, 2016, by Andrew deLaski.
http://www.appliance-standards.org/blog/doe-completes-new-consensus-based-air-conditioner-standards?utm_source=Central+AC+final+rule

"The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published new minimum energy efficiency standards for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps today.  The new standards, which are based on a negotiated agreement, will reduce air conditioner and heat pump energy use by about 7%, translating into hundreds of dollars in electricity bill savings for consumers over the life of their equipment."

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."

Why Sharing Solar is the Next Big Thing in Energy

The Energy Collective, Dec. 1, 2016, by Giles Parkinson.
http://www.theenergycollective.com/energy-post/2394218/why-sharing-solar-is-the-next-big-thing-in-energy

"The disruption and the opportunities being offered by solar PV and battery storage are likely to be accelerated massively by the introduction of new software such as the “blockchain” system that has already taken root in financial systems...."

The Top 10 Utility Regulatory Commission Issues of 2016

Utility Dive, Nov. 28, 2016, by Krysti Shallenberger.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/the-top-10-utility-regulatory-commission-issues-of-2016/431164/

"From rate design to grid modernization and storage, state utility regulators had their hands full in 2016."

Another Look at Optimizing Pump Hydraulics

Pumps & Systems, Nov. 2016, by Lev Nelik.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/november-2016-another-look-optimizing-pump-hydraulics

"This column will provide feedback on a quiz published in my August 2016 Pumps & Systems column titled “Optimizing Pump Hydraulics: When Is It Important?” (Read it here) Readers were asked to estimate the amount of energy that would be saved by using a variable frequency drive (VFD) with a small centrifugal pump and to compare those savings to the energy used by a pump specifically designed for the required conditions (100 gallons per minute [gpm], 15 feet)."

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."

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."
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