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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.

 


Residential SSO To High Solids Anaerobic Digestion

BioCycle, Oct. 2016, by Craig Coker.
https://www.biocycle.net/2016/10/24/26704/

"Source separated organics, including kitchen and garden waste, are processed in a dry AD plant. Resulting biomethane is injected into an adjacent natural gas pipeline, in Zurich, Switzerland."

How Spokane Is Building a Smart City From the Grid Out, With Transactive Energy Included

GreenTech Media, Nov. 14, 2016, by Jeff St. John.
https://www.greentechmedia.com/squared/read/how-spokane-is-building-a-smart-city-from-the-ground-up-with-transactive-en

"Spokane, a city of some 210,000 people in the foothills of eastern Washington state, is not the first place that comes to mind when one thinks about cutting-edge smart city deployments, or the latest efforts in transactive energy. But utility Avista and smart metering giant Itron want it to earn its place on that map."

Companies Are Getting Strategic About Their Energy Use: Five Key Trends

Forbes, Nov. 14, 2016, by Liz Delaney.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/edfenergyexchange/2016/11/14/companies-are-getting-strategic-about-their-energy-use-5-key-trends/#62c96c1544b0

"Energy management has evolved since we dispatched our first EDF Climate Corps fellows back in 2008 to jumpstart corporate energy efficiency programs in America. ....After careful analysis of more than 3,200 energy project recommendations, we identified five key trends."

Low-Income Energy Efficiency Quick Start Guide

Bonneville Power Administration and LIEE Workgroup, Nov. 2016.
https://www.bpa.gov/EE/Policy/Documents/Second%20Edition%20Quick%20Start%20Guide%20with%20Appendices.pdf

"This document is intended to help participants learn the history, background, and procedures for serving low-income customers. This Quick Start Guide was developed using information that has been gathered and shared in the LIEE Workgroup meetings with additional components deemed necessary to "stitch together" the information in a comprehensive manner."

Fan Selections and Their Energy Impacts, Part 2 of 2

HPAC Engineering, Oct. 2016, by Khalil Kairouz.
http://hpac.com/iaq-ventilation/fan-selections-and-their-energy-impacts-part-2-2

"Fans and fan systems can be significant consumers of energy in commercial applications and the greatest consumer in industrial ones. Concerned about underperformance, designers tend to compensate for uncertainties by adding capacity to fans. Oversizing fan systems creates problems that can increase costs and decrease reliability. This article explains how to evaluate fans and fan systems and their impact on operating costs."

Revising the TV Energy Use Test Procedure: Incorporating HDR and Other Needed Changes

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Nov. 16, 2016, by Ecos Research.
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/revising-the-tv-energy-use-test-procedure-incorporating-hdr-and-other-needed-changes.pdf

"NEEA recognized during the spring of 2016 that a substantial body of emerging research was pointing to serious flaws in the current US TV test procedure and energy use assumptions. As a result, NEEA commissioned this report, and the new research behind it, to understand how the test procedure could be improved, what qualities a new test clip should possess, and how much progress toward an optimal long-term test procedure could be made in the interim to inform current labeling and incentive programs."

Four Ways To Capture The Benefits Of Thermal Storage

Engineered Systems, Oct. 2016, by Khalil Kairouz, Vincent Priolo, and Safaa Al Musawi.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97962-four-ways-to-capture-the-benefits-of-thermal-storage

"In our world of growing concerns with global warming, utility companies across the world are making energy storage more cost effective for energy users. Initially, energy storage was developed to reduce the energy cost to the customer. However, there are many more issues which now benefit the utility companies, hence the rebate and incentive programs offered to get customers to implement energy storage."

Chiller Plant Optimization: The Role Of Controls

Engineered Systems, Oct. 2016, by Carlos Petty.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97961-chiller-plant-optimization-the-role-of-controls

"Properly selected automated controls to minimize chiller plant energy, power consumption, and the cost of operations are essential for overarching chiller plant performance. Effective plant managers are driven to operate their plants at the lowest life cycle costs possible. This begins with the initial first cost of construction and recurring plant lifecycle operating costs, while still accounting for all the complexities and interaction among major plant equipment components."

A 'Turning Point' for DERs? Utilities, Vendors Praise New NARUC Rate Design Manual

Utility Dive, Nov. 17, 2016, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/a-turning-point-for-ders-utilities-vendors-praise-new-naruc-rate-design/430621/

"Distributed energy resources remain a small part of most utilities' fuel mixes, but that could be transformed by a new manual about how utilities can use them. If electric utility regulators follow the recommendations for how to design rates and compensate distributed energy resources (DER), utilities and DER providers could together transform these new technologies from solely customer-serving resources into providers of services to the larger grid. "

10 Energy Saving Tips To Gobble Up This Thanksgiving

Edison Electric Institute.
http://www.eei.org/resourcesandmedia/energynews/Pages/10%20Energy%20Saving%20Tips%20To%20Gobble%20Up%20This%20Thanksgiving.aspx

"With help from the Edison Electric Institute, you can ensure your electric bill will look as good as your Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of overcooking the turkey and your electric bill this Thanksgiving, check out our top ten tips for an energy efficient holiday."

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