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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.

 


The Distributed Wind Cost Taxonomy

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Mar. 2017.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy17osti/67992.pdf

"To date, there has been no standard method or tool to analyze the installed and operational costs for distributed wind turbine systems. This report describes the development of a classification system, or taxonomy, for distributed wind turbine project costs. The taxonomy establishes a framework to help collect, sort, and compare distributed wind cost data that mirrors how the industry categorizes information. The taxonomy organizes costs so they can be aggregated from installers, developers, vendors, and other sources without losing cost details."

Financing Solar and Energy Storage in Schools

Distributed Energy, Mar/Apr. 2017, by Lyn Corum.
http://foresternetwork.com/distributed-energy-magazine/be-energy/be-solar-energy/financing-solar-and-energy-storage-in-schools/

"Power purchase agreements are a popular funding option."

Compressed Air Savings with Nozzles or Blowers

Compressed Air Best Practices, Apr. 2017, by Jerry Zolkowski.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/end-uses/compressed-air-savings-nozzles-or-blowers

"Compressed air is used as a convenient and often necessary source of air flow to perform blow-offs, cooling, or drying.  And since compressed air is a costly utility, a frequent recommendation in this magazine and audits is to reduce the compressed air use by using high efficiency engineered nozzles.  Using these nozzles is a good practice as they are designed in a way that uses the compressed air to accelerate the surrounding air to deliver the same mass transfer effect as a standard nozzle (or tube) with a much larger orifice."

Using Probability of Exceedance to Compare the Resource Risk of Renewable and Gas-Fired Generation

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Mar. 2017, by Mark Bolinger.
https://emp.lbl.gov/sites/default/files/lbnl-1007269.pdf

"This paper presents a new framework, grounded in statistical concepts related to probability of exceedance (and confidence intervals more broadly), to incorporate resource risk into decision-making processes. This framework recognizes that the same probability of exceedance concepts that are regularly used to characterize the uncertainty around annual energy production for wind and solar projects can also be applied to natural gas price projections, allowing one to develop a probabilistic range of projections for not only wind and solar capacity factors, but also natural gas prices."

An Assessment of the Economic Potential of Offshore Wind in the United States from 2015 to 2030

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Mar. 2017.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy17osti/67675.pdf/

"This study describes an assessment of the site-specific variation of levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and levelized avoided cost of energy (LACE) to understand the economic potential of fixed-bottom and floating offshore wind technologies in major U.S. coastal areas between 2015 and 2030."

Strategies for Peak Shaving and Power Security

Forester Daily News, Mar. 2017, by Ed Ritchie.
http://foresternetwork.com/daily/energy/strategies-for-peak-shaving-and-power-security/

"In Part 1 of a 5-part series, author Ed Ritchie takes readers through the process of understanding reliable energy strategies like peak shaving for business applications. Through this series, he explains the multifaceted components of commercial building energy systems that might include utilities analysis software, commercial generators, and other onsite technologies important in maintaining reliable power generation."

Energy Management Systems: Using EMS to Support Distributed Energy Resources

Distributed Energy, Mar/Apr. 2017, by Carol Brzozowski.
http://foresternetwork.com/distributed-energy-magazine/be-energy/ems/energy-management-systems-2/

"Today’s energy management systems are not only about day-to-day control and management, “but the big opportunity for customers is to use them to manage variability and to understand where the energy dollars are going within the enterprise so that when they do get squeezed, they know where to look,” says [Greg] Turner. Honeywell Business Solutions offers turnkey energy performance contracting installation and service conditioning hardware, software, and services designed to help end-users manage the energy risk and variability...."

Flat Rates & Permitting Issues Undermine Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Market

Microgrid Knowledge, Mar. 31, 2017, by Lisa Cohn.
http://microgridknowledge.com/solar-plus-storage-barriers/

"Flat utility rates, permitting issues, and ambiguous or nonexistent incentives are undermining the residential solar-plus-storage market, according to a new analysis. The report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and the US Department of Energy also analyzes the prices of solar PV-plus-storage and describes hard-to-quantify benefits. It concludes that “gaps remain” in understanding and communicating costs and value. 'Installed Cost Benchmarks and Deployment Barriers for Residential Solar Photovoltaics with Energy Storage: Q1 2016' names permitting challenges as one of the major obstacles to increased deployment of solar-plus-storage."

Smart Manufacturing Improves Energy Efficiency

American Machinist, Apr. 12, 2017, by Megan Ray Nichols.
http://americanmachinist.com/automation/smart-manufacturing-improves-energy-efficiency

"Most of us understand how Smart Manufacturing can improve operational efficiency across the board. What many manufacturers don't consider is the resulting improvement in energy efficiency that also can be achieved. Not only is this next-gen approach to production planning and execution leading to heightened productivity and output, but it's also paving the way for “greener” operations in the near future."

[CEE] Report: Efficiency, Demand Response Spending Continues to Rise, Nears $9B

Utility Dive, Apr. 5, 2017, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/report-efficiency-demand-response-spending-continues-to-rise-nears-9b/439566/

"Utilities continue to recognize the value of conservation and are spending more than ever on demand side management programs, with the bulk of that going into energy efficiency, according to a new report from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). [Their] 11th Annual Industry Report finds energy efficiency and demand response program spending reached $8.7 billion in 2015, up 1% from 2014 levels. About 15% of the spending went towards natural gas programs, with the remainder on the electric side."
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