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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.

 


LEDs: Keeping It Cool with Innovative Heat Sink Designs

Architectural Lighting, Sep/Oct. 2015, by Timothy A. Schuler.
http://www.archlighting.com/technology/keeping-it-cool-with-innovative-heat-sink-designs_o

"Advancements in thermal management promise the most efficient generation of LEDs yet."

What Boiler MACT Means to an Energy Engineer

Hudson Technologies, Oct. 15, 2015.
http://www.hudsontech.com/global-energy-news/what-boiler-mact-means-to-an-energy-engineer/

"Boiler MACT [Maximum Achievable Control Technology] is one of the first federal environmental regulations that have specifically called for conducting an energy assessment as a compliance activity. Energy assessments are nothing new; but how does integrating them into an environmental compliance activity impact the assessment process? As energy engineers, what can we learn from this new frontier?"

Steel Mill Energy Audits Include Air Compressor Performance Testing

Compressed Air Best Practices, Oct. 2015, by Eric Lee.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/metals/steel-mill-energy-audits-include-air-compressor-performance-testing

"EnSave, an energy auditing company based in Richmond, Vermont, recently performed compressed air audits at two facilities of a leading U.S. steel manufacturer. Both plants are mills that melt, cast, and roll steel to produce a variety of products, including: rebar, merchant bar, steel flats, rounds, fence posts, channel bar, steel channels, steel angles, structural angles and structural channels."

To ITC or Not to ITC: What Happens if Solar's Federal Tax Incentives Aren't Extended

Utility Dive, Oct. 1, 2015, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/to-itc-or-not-to-itc-what-happens-if-solars-federal-tax-incentives-arent/406304/

"What will happen if the federal investment tax credit (ITC) so many solar developers depend on isn't extended?  “If the investment tax credit is not extended, we see it as a disruption, not a death for the industry,” said Maddy Yozwiak, U.S. Power and RECs analyst  and co-author of the recently-released report, “How extending the investment tax credit would affect US solar build,” from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)."

Ford in Europe Factories Save Enough Energy to Power Oxford for a Year

Automotive World, Oct. 15, 2015.
https://www.automotiveworld.com/news-releases/ford-europe-factories-save-enough-energy-power-oxford-year/

"Ford in Europe is on course to achieve a reduction in energy usage of 25 per cent from 2011 to 2016 per vehicle produced, following investments of €23 million specifically targeting energy waste."

Eccentric Disc Pumps Provide Efficient Alternative to Traditional Lobe Pumps

Pumps & Systems, Oct. 2015, by Paul Cardon.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/october-2015-eccentric-disc-pumps-provide-efficient-alternative-traditional-lobe-pumps

"In food-processing applications, this technology excels at product recovery and waste reduction."


Building Climate Resilience in Native American Communities

Clean Energy Finance Forum, Oct. 9, 2015, by Kat Friedrich.
http://cleanenergyfinanceforum.com/2015/10/09/building-climate-resilience-in-native-american-communities/

"In the Navajo Nation, electricity may be a fragile commodity as climate change intensifies. Other tribes in the United States face similar energy quandaries. The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced on Sept. 2 that it is requesting applications to co-fund renewable energy, energy efficiency, and combined heat and power to help increase the climate resilience of indigenous communities. The available funding is estimated to total around $4-6 million. Applications are due by Dec. 10."

Intelligent Automation Transforms the Pump Industry Landscape

Pumps & Systems, Oct. 2015, by Mike Pemberton.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/october-2015-intelligent-automation-transforms-pump-industry-landscape

"The digital revolution is rapidly transforming one industry after another.... As the digital revolution continued to evolve, process pumps—which were not previously considered to be a component of the control system—became a distinct part of the automation architecture. This phenomenon began with the advent of intelligent variable frequency drives (VFD) that contain embedded knowledge about the pump and its performance. In addition to the energy and reliability benefits inherent in VFDs, embedded pump intelligence enhances the asset management capabilities of the drive and control system."

Energy Use Down, Even Where Economy is Up, Says IEA Energy Efficiency Market Report

Energy Efficiency Markets, Oct. 13, 2015, by Elisa Wood.
http://energyefficiencymarkets.com/energy-use-down-even-as-economy-is-up-says-iea-energy-efficiency-market-report/

"It’s an anomaly, a good one. Energy use is down, even where economic activity is up. That’s the word from the latest report on energy efficiency markets from the International Energy Agency."

Includes link to the full IEA report - "Energy Efficiency Market Report 2015".

Smart Thermostat Initiatives Reveal Exciting New Horizons for Energy Efficiency Programs

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Oct. 6, 2015, by Steven Nadel.
http://aceee.org/blog/2015/10/smart-thermostat-initiatives-reveal

"Today, Commonwealth Edison, several smart thermostat manufacturers, and the Environmental Law and Policy Center announced a major new initiative with a target to install one million smart thermostats in the homes of Commonwealth Edison customers over five years. Commonwealth Edison (commonly called ComEd) serves northern Illinois, including the Chicago metropolitan area. To start, the new smart thermostats will include the Nest and ecobee3, but over time additional manufacturers will be added."

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