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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.

 


Green Building Report

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2016, by B. Alan Whitson.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/14-Tips-for-Success-in-Green-Building---16409?source=part

A 4-part article from the U.S. Green Building Council:

Part 1: 14 Tips for Success in Green Building
Part 2: Green Strategies Include Early Use of Safety Experts, Installation Troubleshooting
Part 3: Other Green Strategies Include Inventory Management, Good Roof Maintenance 
Part 4: U.S. Green Building Council Perspective: High-Performance Green Buildings as a Keystone of a Low-Carbon Economy

Microsoft Plumbs Ocean’s Depths to Test Underwater Data Center

New York Times, Jan. 31, 2016, by John Markoff.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/01/technology/microsoft-plumbs-oceans-depths-to-test-underwater-data-center.html?_r=0

"Microsoft has tested a prototype of a self-contained data center that can operate hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean, eliminating one of the technology industry’s most expensive problems: the air-conditioning bill."

U.S. Wind Sees Second Strongest Quarter in History, Ready for 2016

Into the Wind (AWEA Blog), Jan. 27, 2016, by Hannah Hunt.
http://www.aweablog.org/u-s-wind-sees-second-strongest-quarter-in-history-ready-for-2016/

"The fourth quarter numbers are in, and they are impressive: the U.S. wind industry recorded its second strongest quarter in history. Combined with the best policy certainty it’s ever known, American wind is poised for a take-off."

Emerging Markets Are Finally Getting Serious About Energy Efficiency

Forbes, Jan. 29, 2016, by Bain Insights.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/baininsights/2016/01/29/emerging-markets-are-finally-getting-serious-about-energy-efficiency/#19189e1f6c79

"Companies in energy, manufacturing, financial services and many other industries stand to benefit from efforts to reduce energy consumption in the world’s fast-growing economies, providing they understand how policy makers shape these programs and where the opportunities lie."

Optimizing Thermal Processing Operations with Predictive Maintenance

Ipsen, Jan. 2016, by Aymeric Goldsteinas.
http://www.ipsenusa.com/processes-and-resources/articles-and-case-studies/optimizing-thermal-processing-operations-with-predictive-maintenance

"Currently in the thermal processing industry, when a heat treatment furnace breaks, the result is clear: production comes to a grinding halt and the personnel necessary to resolve the issue might not be readily on hand. As a result, companies are faced with unplanned downtime until the problem is resolved, potential overtime wages for the necessary personnel, the cost of rushing critical part shipments and more. In an effort to combat this issue, the ultimate goal of predictive maintenance and Ipsen's PdMetrics™ software platform for predictive maintenance is to carry out maintenance at a scheduled time when the maintenance activity is most cost-effective and before the equipment's performance decreases below the set threshold."

DOE Opens Funding Opportunity for Algae Technologies

Biomass Magazine, Jan. 21, 2016, by Erin Voegele.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/12818/doe-opens-funding-opportunity-for-algae-technologies

"The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is accepting applications for up to $15 million in funding to develop algae technologies. The funding opportunity aims to support the development of technologies likely to produce at least 3,700 gallons of algae biofuel intermediate (or equivalent dry weight basis) per acre per year on an annualized basis."

NW Energy Coalition Issue Paper Weighs Benefits and Opportunities for Vehicle Electrification

NW Energy Coalition, Jan. 25, 2016.
http://www.nwenergy.org/news/nw-energy-coalition-issue-paper-weighs-benefits-and-opportunities-for-vehicle-electrification/

"Transportation is one of the most polluting, energy-inefficient sectors of our economy, and the Pacific Northwest is uniquely positioned to leverage its clean electricity resources to change that. State and local policy should foster a greater role for the region’s electric utilities in electrifying transportation, not only for passenger vehicles but also for buses, short-haul vans and trucks, and non-road industrial equipment such as forklifts and shore power."

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Tapped to Develop Transformational Grid Technology

Windpower Engineering & Development, Jan. 25, 2016, by Paul Dvorak.
http://www.windpowerengineering.com/design/electrical/nreca-tapped-to-develop-transformational-grid-technology/

"The Department of Energy’s advanced research group has selected the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to develop breakthrough data repositories and open-access models of the electric grid—foundational tools that are needed to modernize the country’s electric infrastructure."

Residential Energy+ Finance the Future [Home Energy Upgrades]

Rocky Mountain Institute Insight Brief, Jan. 2016.
http://www.rmi.org/Content/Files/residential_energy_plus_finance_the_future.pdf

"Home energy upgrades can disproportionately benefit very low-, low-, and moderate-income homeowners, ensuring their improved physical and financial health as well as improved stability in the broader financial markets. This paper explores the financial benefits of home energy upgrades and seeks to identify opportunities—such as the Federal Housing Finance Authority’s Duty to Serve rule—to link greater market access and transparency around home energy performance with improved financial health for homeowners and mortgage markets overall."

Hurst Boiler Commissions New Poultry Litter-Fueled Biomass Boiler

Biomass Magazine, Jan. 25, 2016.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/12825/hurst-boiler-commissions-new-poultry-litter-fueled-biomass-boiler

"Hurst Boiler, an international manufacturer of a complete line of gas, oil, coal and hybrid biomass fuel fired steam and hot water boilers since 1967, announces the commissioning of its third poultry litter- fueled boiler."

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