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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.

 


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."

Case Study: Portland Community College Newberg Center: Newberg, Ore.

High Performance Buildings, Winter 2015, by Doug Reimer and John McMichael.
http://ww.hpbmagazine.org/File%20Library/Case%20Studies/Winter%202015/15W-Portland-Community-College-Newberg-Center-Newberg-Oregon.pdf

"As the first building on what could potentially become an entirely net zero energy campus, the Portland Community College (PCC) Newberg Center represents a pioneering model for higher education institutions. Sustainable features are integrated building blocks of the design rather than attachments."

New Poultry Barn Ventilation System

Manure Manager, Jan./Feb. 2015, by Lilian Schaer
http://www.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/index.php?i=&m=1559&l=1&p=22&pre=&ver=swf

"An innovative minimum ventilation system for poultry barns is improving bird health and reducing energy costs for farmers in the process."

Investment Helps Washington Film Converter Become More Sustainable

Plastics News, Mar. 9, 2015, by Roger Renstrom.
http://tinyurl.com/ml3jfu8

"Emissions control and energy use improvements have won a Washington film extruder and converter $342,000 worth of incentives as a state of Washington energy leadership-in-innovation award. Shields Bag and Printing Co. installed a regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO) and a flexographic press to improve production at its Yakima, Wash., facility."

Industry Prepares for New Residential Water Heater Standards

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, Feb. 9, 2015, by Jen Anesi.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/128809-industry-prepares-for-new-residential-water-heater-standards

"New minimum energy-efficiency standards go into effect for nearly all residential gas and electric water heaters on April 16, 2015. The set of rigorous rules are the third generation of standards the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued for the equipment under the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987 (NAECA). While the new efficiency standards do not require manufacturers to use any specific technologies to achieve the new EF (energy factor) ratings, they’ve already necessitated a significant redesign effort from manufacturers."

Faulty Installations Slash System Efficiency [HVAC Equipment]

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, Feb. 9, 2015, by Nicole Krawcke.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/128787-faulty-installations-slash-system-efficiency

"Duct leakage, refrigerant undercharge or overcharge, low indoor airflow, and oversized equipment with undersized ductwork have the most potential to significantly degrade equipment efficiency, according to a recent National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) study. Contractors who adequately address these challenges differentiate themselves from the competition."

Direct link to the NIST Report, Sensitivity Analysis of Installation Faults on Heat Pump Performance, NIST Technical Note 1848, October 2014.

New Incubator Network to Help Clean-Energy Entrepreneurs

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) News Release, Feb. 4, 2015.
http://www.nrel.gov/news/press/2015/16455.html

"The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have launched the Clean Energy Incubator Network. The program, funded by the Energy Department, aims to improve the performance of clean energy business incubators, connect critical industry and energy sector partners, and advance clean energy technologies emerging from universities and federal laboratories."

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