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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.

 


New Funding Opportunity to Develop Larger Wind Turbine Blades

U.S. Department of Energy, EERE, Mar. 16, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/new-funding-opportunity-develop-larger-wind-turbine-blades

"The Energy Department today announced $1.8 million in funding for the development of larger wind turbine blades that will help capture more power from wind resources and increase the efficiency of wind energy systems."

Advanced Energy Now 2015 Market Report

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and Navigant Research, Mar. 2015.
http://info.aee.net/hs-fs/hub/211732/file-2583825259-pdf/PDF/aen-2015-market-report.pdf

"Advanced Energy Now 2015 Market Report is our third annual report on the size, growth, and trends in the advanced energy market, globally and in the United States. It traces the growth of our industry since publication of Economic Impacts of Advanced Energy in 2013. Beginning with that report, Navigant Research has been tracking global and U.S. revenue for AEE, with 2011 as the baseline. "

Where is the U.S. Energy Storage Market Going?

Utility Dive, Mar. 10, 2015, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/where-is-the-us-energy-storage-market-going/373479/

"The 40% growth in yearly additions to U.S. energy storage capacity from 2013 to 2014 was big news but growth for 2015 is expected to more than triple to 220 MW."

Distribution and Substation Transformers: Design & Installation

Solar Pro, Mar./Apr. 2015, by Alexey Kondrashov and Tobin Booth.
http://solarprofessional.com/articles/design-installation/distribution-and-substation-transformers?v=disable_pagination

"In this article, we cover the fundamentals of transformer construction and operation. We discuss the general use of distribution and substation transformers in commercial and utility solar applications. We consider important transformer ratings and features. Finally, we summarize factory and field tests. If you do not take these considerations into account, the humble transformer can trip up your whole project. Our goal is to provide a definitive and practical guide that will help you select and specify pad-mounted distribution transformers for commercial and utility solar facilities."

ACEEE Releases Tool for Including Building Codes in States’ Clean Power Plans

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Press Release, Mar. 16, 2015.
http://aceee.org/press/2015/03/aceee-releases-tool-including

"Today the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released a step-by-step guide that helps states document and claim emissions reductions resulting from building energy codes as a means of complying with their obligations under the Clean Power Plan. The paper is the first in a series of guidance documents that demonstrate how a state can take advantage of energy efficiency in its compliance plan."

EPRI Unveils Benefit-Cost Framework for an Integrated Grid

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Press Release, Feb. 16, 2015.
http://www.epri.com/Press-Releases/Pages/EPRI-Unveils-Benefit-Cost-Framework-for-an-Integrated-Grid.aspx

"The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) released today a framework that all stakeholders in the electricity sector can use to assess benefits and costs of technologies and systems related to the integration of distributed energy resources (DER), such as solar, wind and micro-grids, into the planning and operations of the electric system. EPRI also identified a series of pilot projects in which the framework can be applied, potentially providing the electricity sector with technical and financial insights and a roadmap to support the deployment of what EPRI calls "The Integrated Grid," or one that makes best and fullest use of both central and distributed energy resources."

Opinion: How Solar Advocates are Overvaluing DG Solar

Utility Dive, Mar. 12, 2015, by Ashley Brown.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/opinion-how-solar-advocates-are-overvaluing-dg-solar/374297/

"Ashley Brown, executive director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group, argues that rooftop solar is valuable, but should not be paid at full retail value."

This Vertical Farm Will Provide Wyoming Residents with 100,000 lbs of Fresh Produce Each Year

Inhabit, Mar. 9, 2015, by Charley Cameron.
http://inhabitat.com/this-vertical-farm-will-provide-wyoming-residents-with-100000lbs-of-fresh-produce-each-year/

"A 30 foot by 150 foot sliver of land located next to a parking lot in Jackson, Wyoming is set to be transformed into a vertical farm that will produce up to 100,000 lbs of produce each year. Using 90 percent less water than conventional farming, and absolutely no pesticides, the three-story Vertical Harvest greenhouse will enable the cold, land-locked city to provide locally-grown produce for its residents all year round."

The Eiffel Tower Now Generates Its Own Power with New Wind Turbines

CNET Magazine, Feb. 24, 2015, by Michelle Starr.
http://www.cnet.com/news/the-eiffel-tower-now-generates-its-own-power-with-new-wind-turbines/

"The famous Paris landmark has been fitted with two new wind turbines that generate enough electricity to power the commercial areas of its first floor."

Six Factors to Assess Green Roofs

Buildings Magazine, Feb. 2015, by Jim Kirby.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18496/title/6-factors-to-assess-green-roofs.aspx

"Through its lifecycle, a roof has a variety of environmental impacts. However, many impacts can be controlled by building owners and facility managers, resulting in lower energy costs and longer service life. Take control of these factors to curtail environmental impacts and reduce energy and lifecycle costs on all roofs."

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