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Energy Newsbriefs Blog

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.

 


ASHRAE, IAQA Approve Consolidation

ASHRAE News, Feb. 5, 2015.
https://www.ashrae.org/news/2015/ashrae-iaqa-approve-consolidation

"A consolidation between ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association has been finalized by both organizations. The consolidation was approved by the Boards of Directors for ASHRAE and IAQA at ASHRAE’s recent 2015 Winter Conference in Chicago."

Energy Smart Industrial: Five Years of Enormous Savings [BPA]

Bonneville Power Administration Newsroom, Feb. 5, 2015.
http://www.bpa.gov/news/newsroom/Pages/Energy-Smart-Industrial-five-years-of-enormous-savings.aspx

"The Bonneville Power Administration’s Energy Smart Industrial program is helping companies better manage their energy use and reduce costs. Since 2009, BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities have partnered with 473 industrial companies on projects that have collectively saved more than 647 million kilowatt-hours of electricity — enough energy to power nearly 60,000 homes for a year."

Lower Load Growth Expectations for 7th Plan Don’t Reduce Importance of Energy Efficiency

NW Energy Coalition, Feb. 6, 2015.
http://www.nwenergy.org/news/lower-load-growth-expectations-for-7th-plan-dont-reduce-importance-of-energy-efficiency/

"Northwest Power and Conservation Council [NPPC]staff expect significantly slower growth in energy demand over the next 20 years than was predicted in the sixth regional power plan five years ago. This preliminary projection marks a critical step in the Council’s development of the 7th Northwest Power and Conservation Plan."

A Financial Justification for Pumped System Improvements

Engineered Software, Inc., Feb. 2015.
http://eng-software.com/newsbrief/2015/2/financial_justification/

"This month we will look at the value of starting a proactive Pumped System Improvement program in which major pumped systems are evaluated on an ongoing basis. Prior to starting any new program there must be financial justification; this article shows how using readily available plant production data."

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."

Adopting a Whole Building Systems Approach to Energy Efficiency

Business Energy, Dec. 2014, by Drake Erbe, Richard Lord, and Robert Wilkins.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Adopting_a_Whole_Building_Systems_Approach_to_Ener_27631.aspx

"A new approach is needed to advance energy efficiency in buildings. A multitude of trends and innovations offer new opportunities for progress increasingly converging on the prospect of a new basic concept: whole building systems."

The Ways of Warehouses and Other Large Facilities

Business Energy, Dec. 2014, by Matt M. Casey.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/The_Ways_of_Warehouses_and_
Other_Large_Facilities_27625.aspx


"Assessing industrial and commercial spaces for efficiency upgrades."

Variables for Retrofitting with VRF

Buildings, Jan. 2015, by Chris Olson.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18387/title/variables-for-retrofitting-with-vrf.aspx

"If you’re considering a major retrofit of an existing HVAC system, take these three steps to do your due diligence for a possible VRF [variable refrigerant flow] solution, says Anne Wagner, energy efficiency engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)." Also, gives a 15-year lifecycle cost analysis comparison between VAV and VRF retrofit alternatives.

Four Tips on LEED O+M Can Ease Way to Certification

Building Operating Management, Dec. 2014, by Pete Choquette.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/Four-Tips-on-LEED-OM-Can-Ease-Way-to-Certification--15523

"Certification under programs like the LEED Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) rating system has become important as designers, owners and facility managers have begun focusing more closely on the energy and environmental impacts of their buildings. Four tips, including a look at the LEED O+M credits structure, can ease the way to LEED certification."

How To Reduce Elevators' Energy Use

Building Operating Management, Dec. 2014, by Karen Kroll.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/elevators/article/How-To-Reduce-Elevators-Energy-Use--15510

"Elevators’ energy use can be reduced through a variety of means, including the use of more efficient AC motors and regenerative drives, but this objective does not always get top priority."

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