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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.

 


Going Solar: Options Abound for Co-ops Committed to Harnessing the Sun

Rural Electric Magazine, June 2015, by Cathy Cash.
http://remagazine.coop/solving-the-solar-puzzle/

"Co-op creativity is on display in trail-blazing integrations of  PV systems."

Solar Canopies Turn Parking Lots Into Power Plants with Benefits

Solar Industry, June 2015, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1506/FEAT_01_Solar-Canopies-Turn-Parking-Lots-Into-Power-Plants-With-Benefits.html

"Solar developers say solar carports are emerging as one of the fastest-growing segments of the market -- particularly in places where getting into your car at the end of the day feels like laying tar in the hot sun."

LED Renovations and Retrofits: Evaluating Codes and Costs

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, May 2015, by Michael J. Mar and Robbie Chung.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/led-renovations-and-retrofits-evaluating-codes-and-costs/bc0119cbc74ce2d8d32bf161ee087ff7.html

"Clients are asking lighting designers to help them save on energy costs, and replacing fluorescent, HID, or other lights with LEDs is in high demand. Here’s a look at the codes and guidelines that define LED use, including ASHRAE Standard 90.1, California Title 24, Dept. of Energy, and IECC."

Efficient Hot Water Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, May 2015, by Cynthia Callaway.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/efficient-hot-water-systems/61836908267937ed3fd5393eb7252fb1.html

"Engineers should work to design the most efficient water heating system or boiler possible. Understanding the codes/standards is paramount, followed by knowledge of the key equipment functions of boilers and similar systems."

How Energy Recovery Impacts IEQ

Buildings, May 2015, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18838/title/how-energy-recovery-impacts-ieq.aspx?topic=410

"Energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) are a popular choice for fresh air ventilation, as they allow users to precondition the temperature and humidity of outdoor air using the waste energy from building exhaust. Not only does the fresh air and consistent temperature improve IEQ, the use of exhaust for conditioning reduces the mechanical heating and cooling load to save energy and money. Your occupants could likely benefit from a breath of fresh air – but is an ERV the way to accomplish that? Evaluate this technology for your facility below."

Dubuque [IA] Resource Recovery Facility Keeps It Sustainable

Treatment Plant Operator, June 2015, by Doug Day.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2015/06/dubuque_resource_recovery_
facility_keeps_it_sustainable


"An Iowa city’s $38 million [wastewater treatment] facility renovation includes combined heat and power, biosolids reuse, effluent heat recovery, water-saving landscaping, and more."

Solar-Ready Homes are Lean, Green and Seen

Solar Industry, May 2015, by Erin Clark.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1505/FEAT_03_Solar-Ready-Homes-Are-Lean-Green-And-Seen.html

"Regulations, incentives and home buyers are pushing builders to incorporate solar as a standard feature."

Denver Authority Lets Solar Shine on Affordable Housing

Solar Industry, May 2015, by Victoria Mills.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1505/FEAT_01_Denver-Authority-Lets-Solar-Shine-On-Affordable-Housing.html

"City authority opens up solar benefits to low-income families through a program of retrofits and new builds."

Facility Focus: Large Retailers Increasingly Ready to Tackle Energy Efficiency

Business Energy, May 2015, by Dan Rafter.
http://digital.businessenergy.net/publication/index.php?i=-254619&m=4119&l=1&p=10&pre=#{"page":10,"issue_id":254619
}

"Manufacturers are meeting the challenges of clients with large building portfolios and varied store hours."

Choosing Tankless: When and Where the Newer Tankless Water Heaters Work Best

Business Energy, May 2015, by Carol Brzozowski.
http://digital.businessenergy.net/publication/?i=254619&ver=html5&p=44#{}

"When it's time to replace a water heater--or put one into a newly constructed building--facility managers can choose between the traditional storage tank heater or tankless."

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