Compressed Air Best Practices, Apr. 2017, by Jerry Zolkowski.
"Compressed air is used as a convenient and often necessary source of air flow to perform blow-offs, cooling, or drying. And since compressed air is a costly utility, a frequent recommendation in this magazine and audits is to reduce the compressed air use by using high efficiency engineered nozzles. Using these nozzles is a good practice as they are designed in a way that uses the compressed air to accelerate the surrounding air to deliver the same mass transfer effect as a standard nozzle (or tube) with a much larger orifice
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Mar. 2017, by Mark Bolinger.
"This paper presents a new framework, grounded in statistical concepts related to probability of exceedance (and confidence intervals more broadly), to incorporate resource risk into decision-making processes. This framework recognizes that the same probability of exceedance concepts that are regularly used to characterize the uncertainty around annual energy production for wind and solar projects can also be applied to natural gas price projections, allowing one to develop a probabilistic range of projections for not only wind and solar capacity factors, but also natural gas prices
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Mar. 2017.
"This study describes an assessment of the site-specific variation of levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and levelized avoided cost of energy (LACE) to understand the economic potential of fixed-bottom and floating offshore wind technologies in major U.S. coastal areas between 2015 and 2030
Forester Daily News, Mar. 2017, by Ed Ritchie.
"In Part 1 of a 5-part series, author Ed Ritchie takes readers through the process of understanding reliable energy strategies like peak shaving for business applications. Through this series, he explains the multifaceted components of commercial building energy systems that might include utilities analysis software, commercial generators, and other onsite technologies important in maintaining reliable power generation
Distributed Energy, Mar/Apr. 2017, by Carol Brzozowski.
"Today’s energy management systems are not only about day-to-day control and management, “but the big opportunity for customers is to use them to manage variability and to understand where the energy dollars are going within the enterprise so that when they do get squeezed, they know where to look,” says [Greg] Turner. Honeywell Business Solutions offers turnkey energy performance contracting installation and service conditioning hardware, software, and services designed to help end-users manage the energy risk and variability...."
Microgrid Knowledge, Mar. 31, 2017, by Lisa Cohn.
"Flat utility rates, permitting issues, and ambiguous or nonexistent incentives are undermining the residential solar-plus-storage market, according to a new analysis. The report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and the US Department of Energy also analyzes the prices of solar PV-plus-storage and describes hard-to-quantify benefits. It concludes that “gaps remain” in understanding and communicating costs and value. 'Installed Cost Benchmarks and Deployment Barriers for Residential Solar Photovoltaics with Energy Storage: Q1 2016' names permitting challenges as one of the major obstacles to increased deployment of solar-plus-storage
American Machinist, Apr. 12, 2017, by Megan Ray Nichols.
"Most of us understand how Smart Manufacturing can improve operational efficiency across the board. What many manufacturers don't consider is the resulting improvement in energy efficiency that also can be achieved. Not only is this next-gen approach to production planning and execution leading to heightened productivity and output, but it's also paving the way for “greener” operations in the near future
Utility Dive, Apr. 5, 2017, by Robert Walton.
"Utilities continue to recognize the value of conservation and are spending more than ever on demand side management programs, with the bulk of that going into energy efficiency, according to a new report from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). [Their] 11th Annual Industry Report finds energy efficiency and demand response program spending reached $8.7 billion in 2015, up 1% from 2014 levels. About 15% of the spending went towards natural gas programs, with the remainder on the electric side
Microgrid Knowledge, Mar. 27, 2017, by Lisa Cohn.
"It’s no secret that colleges and universities are some of the biggest microgrid users. But a new report says we should see more renewable energy and microgrids at these institutions. The report, from Environment America Research & Policy Center, 'Renewable Energy 100: The Course to a Carbon-Free Campus,' says that the shift to 100 percent renewable energy can be led by colleges and universities eager to become carbon neutral