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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.

 


The Economics of Battery Energy Storage

Rocky Mountain Institute, Oct. 2015, Garrett Fitzgerald, and others.
http://www.rmi.org/Content/Files/RMI-TheEconomicsOfBatteryEnergyStorage-FullReport-FINAL.pdf

"Much attention has been paid to batteries' impressive cost declines. But this new RMI report shifts the focus to the other important half of the battery equation: value. It shows how customer-sited, multi-use batteries can deliver more services and generate more value for customers and the grid, making batteries cost effective today."

Enhancing Community Resilience through Energy

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Oct. 2015, by  David Ribeiro, and others.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/u1508.pdf

" This report discusses ways in which energy efficiency can increase the resilience of energy systems and the communities they serve. It reviews the resilience-related benefits of efficiency measures, discusses the incorporation of efficiency into resilience planning, and presents four case studies showing how local governments and utilities can leverage energy efficiency to increase the resilience of their communities."

How Solar-plus-Battery Systems Insulate Customers from Rising Retail Electricity Prices

Rocky Mountain Institute, Oct. 5, 2015, by David Labrador.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2015_10_05_how_solar_plus_battery_systems_insulate
_customers_from_rising_retail_electricity_prices


"In the face of rising retail prices for grid electricity, investing in solar-plus-battery systems can insulate grid-connected customers from those increasing prices and effectively lock in a peak price that won't continue to climb, according to a recent analysis by RMI. The result for customers across diverse geographies will be substantial savings relative to what they would have paid for a full-fare utility bill. For utilities and regulators this will be challenging—and present an opportunity."

8 Considerations for Advanced Lighting Controls

Buildings, Sep. 2015, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19302/title/8-considerations-for-advanced-lighting-controls.aspx

"Could you stand to save one-third of your lighting system’s energy consumption? Savings greater than 30% are possible with advanced lighting controls, according to a new report on wireless advanced lighting control systems by the General Services Administration (GSA). In fact, GSA’s assessments of two federal buildings in northern California achieved 54% energy savings by retrofitting advanced controls in a building with fluorescent lamps that had dimmable ballasts; another building implemented controls with new LED fixtures and saved a staggering 78%."

[NW Energy] Coalition Honors Clean Energy Leaders with Headwaters Awards

NW Energy Coalition, Oct. 13, 2015.
http://www.nwenergy.org/news/coalition-honors-clean-energy-leaders-with-headwaters-awards/

"Two clean energy pioneers have been honored for their efforts with NW Energy Coalition Headwaters awards. Coalition executive director Nancy Hirsh recently presented colorful plaques and vials of water drawn from the headwaters of the Columbia River – Columbia Lake in British Columbia, to Alan Zelenka and Mike Nelson."

Northwest Power and Conservation Council and Other Planners Systematically Underestimate Efficiency Savings From New Products

NW Energy Coalition, Sep. 30, 2015.
http://www.nwenergy.org/news/northwest-power-and-conservation-council-and-other-planners-systematically-underestimate-efficiency-savings-from-new-products/

"The region’s soaring energy efficiency gains over the past several years have exceeded expectations. Northwest power planners continue to underestimate both the speed at which new energy efficiency products take over the marketplace and the total amount of achievable energy savings. That can lead to false conclusions about the need for new power plants, resulting in unnecessary expenses that raise consumers’ bills."

PV Modules Update & Trends

Home Power, Sep./Oct. 2015, by Justine Sanchez.
http://www.homepower.com/articles/solar-electricity/equipment-products/pv-modules-update-trends?v=print

"Now that solar technology is cropping up on rooftops across the country, you might be finding your friends and neighbors looking for more information about this “new” industry. Here are some current solar industry statistics and PV module trends for those increasingly common over-the-fence conversations."

New Standard Bridges the Gap in Commissioning [Windpower]

North American Windpower, Sep. 2015, by Ron Widup.
http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW1509/FEAT_01_New-Standard-Bridges-The-Gap-In-Commissioning.html

"A new electrical standard defines expectations and performance during wind farm commissioning." ANSI/NETA ECS-2015 Standard for Electrical Commissioning Specifications for Electrical Power Equipment and Systems (NETA ECS)

Alumni Help Make Strategic Energy Management Stronger Than Ever [Energy Trust of Oregon]

The Champion, Energy Trust of Oregon, Fall 2015.
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=817657734783dabaee7dae00d&id=9b55e85e9b&e=bf1314887c#9

"More than 140 Oregon manufacturing companies have found Strategic Energy Management, SEM, to be a proven way to reduce energy intensity—and energy costs—at their industrial facilities. SEM brings together individuals from different companies to meet with Energy Trust coaches over the course of a year to develop skills that achieve long-term energy savings. Learn more about the new Core SEM cohorts forming for 2016.

Organic Rankine Cycle Systems - The Latest Innovative Approach to Geothermal Energy

North American Clean Energy, Sep./Oct. 2015, by Anthony Hinde.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/21321/organic-rankine-cycle-systems-the-latest-innovative-approach-to-geothermal-energy

"With the worldwide hunt for new sources of green energy, it becomes practical to create electrical energy from geothermal sources at much lower temperatures than previously envisaged. Today, Independent power producers (IPP’s) in the USA, Turkey, Latin America, and Southeast Asia are developing thousands of MW from resources at maximum 200°C (392°F) bottom hole temperature. The main technology used for the exploitation of these lower temperature geothermal sources is the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC), a binary cycle with organic fluid. The ORC system has proven to be the best power generating solution when the enthalpy level of the heat source is low."

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