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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.

 


What Matters When Purchasing a Small Wind Turbine?

Solar Today, Spring 2016, by Mick Sagrillo.
http://solartoday.org/2016/05/what-matters-when-purchasing-a-small-wind-turbine/

"What makes a manufacturer worth considering? With the plethora of small wind web sites out there, it’s might seem daunting to try to ferret out the wheat from the chaff, who is a legitimate small wind manufacturer and who is a huckster. Actually, it is simpler than it appears. Remember the discussion about turbine certification? (ST Winter 2015/2016) This is your screen. Any manufacturer not listed with a certified turbine should not be considered, period. No matter what they promise or how much they plead. Do you want to be someone’s beta test site or do you want a working wind system for decades?"

Evaluating Chilled Water Cooling System Components

Chiller & Cooling Best Practices, May 2016, by Joe Leichner.
http://www.coolingbestpractices.com/technology/chillers/chillers-and-cooling-systems-weec-2015/evaluating-chilled-water-cooling-system-c

"While the chiller is the heart of a chilled water system, its support system of components and controls are equally critical to maintain and manage to ensure the highest system efficiency levels are attained. Emphasis is often placed on the chiller since it is the most visible and typically the highest energy element of a chilled water system. Yet, if you look beyond the flanges, there’s an opportunity to improve delivery of chilled water to the airside or process loads and maximize system efficiency."

The Water Energy Nexus: Business Risks & Rewards

Pumps & Systems, May 2016, by Jessi Tseng.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/may-2016-water-energy-nexus-business-risks-rewards

"Increasing demand and competition for water and energy have implications for many of the world's largest industries. Energy utilities and producers of metals, chemicals, oil, gas and coal are the most energy- and water-intensive industries.... New ideas and approaches will be necessary to ensure sustainable resources in the future."

The Careful Journey of Bryce Canyon National Park to Zero Net Energy

Solar Today, Spring 2016, by Adam Plesniak.
http://solartoday.org/2016/05/the-careful-journey-of-bryce-canyon-national-park-to-zero-net-energy/

"With the National Parks Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016, humility and recognition of stewardship were of primary importance when leaders at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah decided they wanted to take their Visitors Center and main operational offices to zero net energy (ZNE) before the 2016 Centennial celebrations. With over 1.5 million visitors to the park every year, they wanted a solar power solution designed to educate, inspire and above all, be the gold standard for ecologically responsible solar."

Mapping Out Microgrids

On-Site Energy Management, Mar/Apr 2016, by Tom Bryan.
http://www.onsiteenergymanager.com/articles/4824/mapping-out-microgrids

"Every distributed generation project with islanding capability is unique and usually custom-made. There are, however, off-the-shelf methods of assessing and designing them. On-Site Energy Management's latest print issue lays out the fundamentals."

Battle Water Scarcity by Reusing Industrial Wastewater

Pumps & Systems, May 2016, by Nate Maguire.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/may-2016-battle-water-scarcity-reusing-industrial-wastewater

"Water reuse is the practice of using treated wastewater in non-process applications as a method to conserve water. From automotive and aerospace technology to gas drilling and food and beverage manufacturing, many businesses have integrated water reuse practices into their production processes....  One of the most popular advanced treatment systems is a reverse osmosis program."

Don’t Skip the Most Important Meeting of Your Energy Project

Compressed Air Best Practices, May 2016, by John Molnar.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/end-uses/don%E2%80%99t-skip-most-important-meeting-your-energy-project

"A meeting between the auditor, incenting organization, vendor, and end user can help maximize the benefits of any energy-saving project."

The CPUC Issues a Pivotal Ruling on Net Energy Metering

Solar Today, Spring 2016, by Jerry R. Bloom and Christine Kolosov.
http://solartoday.org/2016/05/the-cpuc-issues-a-pivotal-ruling-on-net-energy-metering/

"On February 5, 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued its “Decision Adopting Successor to Net Energy Metering Tariff,” which preserves retail net metering in the service territories of California’s investor owned utilities (IOUs) and implements significant changes regarding eligible generation facility size, customer fees and rate structures."

How CHP Gets Going

On-Site Energy Management, Mar/Apr. 2016, by Tom Bryan.
http://www.onsiteenergymanager.com/articles/4823/how-chp-gets-going

"In regional markets with high spark spreads, assessing the viability of combined heat and power projects begins with a few simple questions about hot water. If the conditions are right, cogen is a good investment with multiple pathways to completion."

Why Turndown Is a Vital Part of Metering Pump Efficiency

Pumps & Systems, May 2016, by Jim Carling & J. Coogan Cameron.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/may-2016-why-turndown-vital-part-metering-pump-efficiency

"Whether at a municipal water treatment facility, a petrochemical plant or an offshore platform, operations that use chemicals for processing, treatment and production enhancement seek to increase efficiency and save money. Meaningful savings can result from ensuring that the chemicals used are not wasted. A good way to deliver these efficiencies is to properly leverage the turndown capabilities of metering pumps."

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