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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.

 


Successful Practices in Combined Gas and Electric Utility Energy Efficiency Programs

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Research Report U1406, Aug. 6, 2014. (Free registration required for access to full report.)
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/u1406.pdf

"Compared to single-fuel programs, combined natural gas and electric energy efficiency programs often deliver additional energy and dollar savings at lower cost to utilities and consumers. They also enhance customer satisfaction. Many leading dual-fuel programs demonstrate these benefits. This report presents successful examples of combined natural gas and electric programs—residential, commercial, and industrial—in every region of the country in which there are both types of programs."

Case Study: KVCC Wind Turbine Technician Academy

Wind Systems Magazine, Jul. 2014.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/678/case-study-kvcc-wind-turbine-technician-academy

"In 2008, as U.S. wind energy began its trend of exponential growth, Kalamazoo Valley Community College recognized the need for an industry-responsive education program that would rapidly produce highly trained wind workforce."

NASEO State [EPA] 111(d) Resource Hub

National Association of Energy Officials, June 2014.
http://111d.naseo.org/

"The State 111(d) Resource Hub will provide information for State Energy Offices on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rulemaking for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.  The EPA rulemaking will set guidelines for states to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The rule, known as the Clean Power Plan, was released by EPA on June 2, 2014. It allows states to meet state-specific goals through a mix of strategies, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, and demand-side management."

Size Matters: Trends In Standby Power Systems For Health Care Facilities

Engineered Systems, Jul. 2014, by Timothy Coyle. Free registration required to view full-text.)
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96636-size-matters-trends-in-standby-power-systems-for-health-care-facilities

"These days, designs are favoring higher total system capacities, larger generators at higher output voltages integrated into “campus-type” power distribution systems, and security. Review design approaches, lessons learned, and relevant codes."

Chiller Retrofits In Health Care Facilities

Engineered Systems, Jul. 2014, by Gary Hamilton. (Free registration required to view full-text.)
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96638-chiller-retrofits-in-health-care-facilities

"One of the worst things you can do is note the capacity and replace the chiller. Have the building loads and usage changed? What about motors and cooling towers? Consider these and your part-load realities to create real long-term improvements."

PURPA: It’s Not Just for IOUs Anymore

Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) Bulletin, Jul. 2014, by Richard Lorenz. (Scroll to page 18.)
http://www.nwppa.org/External/WCPages/WCWebContent/WebContentPage.aspx?ContentID=1805

"There may be a misconception in our region that PURPA (Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act) only applies to investor-owned electric utilities that are subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). However, this is not the case."

Less Energy, More Fish at Idaho Fish Hatchery

Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) Bulletin, Jul. 2014, by Sarah E. Smith. (Scroll to page 13.)
http://www.nwppa.org/External/WCPages/WCWebContent/WebContentPage.aspx?ContentID=1805

"Energy efficiency and water supply upgrades transform an antiquated Idaho fish hatchery into a national model for the 21st century."

Wind Load and Air Barrier Performance Levels

Construction Specifier, July 2014, by Maria Spinu, Benjamin Meyer and Andrew Miles.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/wind-load-and-air-barrier-performance-levels/

"Continuous air barriers have become mandatory for the building envelope, with energy codes recognizing the importance of air leakage control. However, simple inclusion of an air barrier requirement does not guarantee the desired performance in the field. These systems must be properly installed, meet the building envelope structural wind loads, and maintain their function over time."

Corrections Needed for PV Performance Blind Spots During Commissioning

Solar Industry, July 2014, by James Mokri & Joseph Cunningham.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1407/FEAT_04_Corrections-Needed-For-PV-Performance-Blind-Spots-During-Commissioning.html

"If a photovoltaic system is commissioned according to industry standards, then it must be performing as expected, right? Not necessarily. PV industry standards for commissioning do not include performance testing.

NEC code and IEC 62446 mention nothing about performance testing. ASTM E2848-11 outlines a method of performance measurement during the commissioning stage, but it is not a complete, consistent, standardized method of measurement and metrics."

California's Wild Solar Ride Nears a Crossroads

Solar Industry, July 2014, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1407/FEAT_02_California-s-Wild-Solar-Ride-Nears-A-Crossroads.html

"Policy direction and bipartisan support are needed as the solar sector approaches a critical juncture in 2016."

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