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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.


Rooftop Wind Power in Cities is Here

North American Clean Energy, Jul/Aug 2015, by William Becker.

"In 2003, just twelve pioneering renewable energy years ago, multiple wind energy innovators in the USA and worldwide, all seemed to see the coming confluence of technical breakthroughs that could bring on a revolution in electric wind power technology. That confluence continues today with little media notice. Primarily in U.S. cities like Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, wind power experimenters recognized a platform from which they could build and launch the next generation in Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) electric power technology."

Wind Educational Institutions In The U.S

Wind Systems Magazine, July 2015.

Lists educational institutions in the U.S. that offer wind education programs.

Troubleshoot Hot Hydraulics

Maintenance Technology, July 2015, by Jane Alexander.

"High oil temperatures in industrial hydraulic systems can lead to a world of hurt. Don’t let them get you down."

Case Study: Zero-Net Energy Transit Center

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, July 2015, by Mark Walsh-Cooke and Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite.

"The John W. Olver Transit Center zero-net energy (ZNE) [Greenfield, MA]project is a high-performance building designed with reduced energy loads, passive design strategies, maximized efficiency of mechanical and electrical systems, and on-site power generation."

Using Less Energy to Keep Drinks Cold

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Aug. 5, 2015, by Joanna Mauer.

"Late yesterday, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed strong new standards that would reduce the energy consumed by beverage vending machines to keep drinks cold. The proposed standards would cut energy use by 25-65% relative to the least-efficient machines available now, and save money for schools, hospitals, hotels, and other businesses and institutions where beverage vending machines are used."

Conserving, Tracking Commercial Buildings’ Water Use

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, July 2015, by Mark Graf.

"The immediate interest in a building’s energy efficiency typically focuses on heating and cooling systems, and with conserving nonrenewable resources like power and gas. Throughout the world, however, there is increased pressure to track and conserve water in nonresidential buildings."

Indoor Air Quality in Hospitals

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, July 2015, by Christopher J. Stipe.

"Hospitals and health care facilities must comply with ASHRAE and other regulatory standards with respect to air change rates, humidity requirements, and pressurization. ASHRAE Standard 62.1 is the most commonly referenced standard to meet appropriate HVAC system design. Other factors to consider include the use of UV light to reduce hospital-acquired infections, unique air requirements, and outdoor air systems."

Manufacturing Energy Efficiency

ASHRAE Journal, July 2015, by Charles E. Gulledge III, and others.

2015 ASHRAE Technology Award Case Studies: Caterpillar Tractor Assembly Plant, Athens, GA.

"Realizing energy use reductions at Caterpillar’s heavy manufacturing complex required optimization of multiple component and system solutions. Iterative analysis was used to determine project-responsive configurations."

Deep Energy Retrofits Using Energy Savings Performance Contracts: Success Stories

Rocky Mountain Institute, Aug. 2015.

"Energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) have become a key mechanism for energy efficiency upgrades in recent years, with the federal market now exceeding $1 billion in gross annual revenue. ESPCs allow federal agencies to partner with an energy service company (ESCO) in order to complete energy savings projects without upfront capital costs or Congressional appropriations. This report showcases eight case studies that highlight best practices in federal ESPCs. Highlighted projects—including seven federal and one municipal project—cumulatively exceed 600 billion BTUs in energy savings, with an average 58% energy use reduction."

International Energy Efficiency Scorecard

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Aug. 2015, by Rachel Young and others.

"ACEEE's biennial International Energy Efficiency Scorecard evaluates the energy efficiency policies and performance of the top energy-consuming countries of the world. Now we have developed a new version of the Excel-based International Scorecard Self-Scoring Tool that applies the data and methodology of the 2014 Scorecard and extends the reach of its analysis. Users of the tool can input qualitative and quantitative data from their own country, region, or smaller jurisdiction to get a snapshot of their energy efficiency progress compared to 16 of the world’s largest economies. The tool generates custom energy efficiency scores using 31 metrics in areas such as national policy, buildings, industry, and transportation, as well as an overall score out of a possible 100 points."


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