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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.

 


Alleviate Your Energy Woes With Wireless Lighting Controls

Business Energy, May 2014, by Brent Protzman.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Alleviate_Your_
Energy_Woes_With_Wireless_Lighting_25497.aspx


"Commercial buildings in the United States have an installed base of 2.1 billion lamps—80% of which are linear fluorescent lamps. Despite the fact that lighting control strategies, including dimmers, occupancy sensors, timers, daylighting controls, and energy management systems (EMS), are acknowledged to yield very significant energy savings, fewer than 31% of these lamps are associated with any type of lighting controls in the field (Ashe et al. 2012)."

Demand Response Is Now Big Business

Business Energy, May 2014, by Lyn Corum.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Demand_Response_Is_
Now_Big_Business_25503.aspx


"While demand response programs can be traced back to the 1970s, the evolution of IT and data management technology has allowed utilities and independent system operators to greatly expand demand response programs in the last 10 years."

An Analysis of the Costs, Benefits, and Implications of Different Approaches to Capturing the Value of Renewable Energy Tax Incentives

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LBNL-6610E, May 2014, by Mark Bolinger. http://emp.lbl.gov/publications/analysis-costs-benefits-and-implications-different-approaches-capturing-value-renewable

(Page includes links to the report, as well as a summary page, and a 30 minute webinar presentation.)

"This report analyzes and compares the relative costs, benefits, and implications of capturing the value of renewable energy tax benefits in these three different ways – i.e., applying them against outside income, carrying them forward in time until they can be fully absorbed internally, or monetizing them through third-party tax equity investors – to see which method is most competitive under various scenarios.... and more."

Meeting Efficiency Codes without Compromising Design

The Construction Specifier, May 2014, by Stanley Yee.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/must-reads/meeting-efficiency-codes-without-compromising-design/

"Creating an effectively insulated envelope is necessary for buildings to meet the latest demands of ever-tightening energy codes. Innovative use of high-performance insulation technologies enables architects to achieve improved insulation performance using common building techniques without sacrificing aesthetics."

When Woody Biomass Brings Music to Your Ears!

TimberWest, Mar./Apr. 2014, by Barbara Coyner.
http://www.forestnet.com/TWissues/2014_march_april/biomass.php

"...did you know that a [Alaska] school district that utilizes woody biomass has saved enough money on heating and energy costs to hire a full-time music teacher AND build and heat a commercial greenhouse?"

Smart Buildings Meet the Smart Grid

Business Energy, May 2014, by William Atkinson.
http://www.distributedenergy.com/DE/Articles/
Smart_Buildings_Meet_the_Smart_Grid_25499.aspx


"Building automation technology provides building owners with the opportunity to reduce energy consumption and energy costs, and benefits only increase when coordinated with utilities' smart grids."

Eye on Innovation in Seattle: District Energy Positioned for Continued Success

District Energy, 2nd Quarter 2014, by Stan Gent. (Free registration required to view full-text of article.)
http://www.districtenergy-digital.org/districtenergy/2014Q2/?sub_id=DOwgMT0rNL8TV#pg14

"Seattle Steam Co. has long carried the district energy torch in Seattle, from its founding in 1893 to its position today as a leader in the city of Seattle's carbon reduction efforts. The company's switch to renewable biomass fuel in 2010 helped pique the city's interest in district energy expansion....."

New Frontiers in Energy Management [in Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants]

Business Energy, May 2014, by Penelope B. Grenoble.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/New_Frontiers_in_
Energy_Management_25501.aspx


"When facilities like wastewater treatment plants manage motor pumps, processes, and controls efficiently, customer relations improve along with operations."

Mandates Unleash Power of Large Battery Storage [in California]

Solar Industry, May 2014, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1405/FEAT_03_Mandates-Unleash-Power-Of-Large-Battery-Storage.html

"California has essentially jump-started the renewable energy storage market in North America with its requirement that the big three public utilities in the state deploy a total of 1.325 GW of grid storage capacity by 2024." Article also discusses various battery storage technologies.

City of Manitou Springs [CO] Votes to be 100 Percent Powered by Solar

SunShare/Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs Utilities, Press Release, Apr. 24, 2014.
http://www.manitouspringsgov.com/library/documents/news/
SunShare_Press_Release.pdf


"Manitou Springs to be first city in the nation to use community solar for 100 percent of electric energy needs ."
"After a historic vote last week, the city of Manitou Springs signed a contract to provide up to 100 percent of its city facilities’ energy needs from community solar. The energy will be generated by nearly 3,000 solar panels in SunShare’s newest solar garden awarded by Colorado Springs Utilities last winter. SunShare’s newest 2 megawatt AC community solar garden, the largest in the United States, will be under construction later this summer.
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