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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.

 


Can U.S. Offshore [Wind] Clear Cost Reduction Hurdle?

North American Windpower, Sept. 2014, by Michael W. Drunsic, Chris Elkinton & Paul Reynolds.
http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW1409/FEAT_01_Can-U-S-Offshore-Clear-Cost-Reduction-Hurdle.html

"After a decade of slow progress, the U.S. offshore wind industry is gaining momentum, and there are many reasons to be optimistic about its future. However, the relatively high cost of offshore wind energy continues to represent the single biggest challenge facing the emerging U.S. market."

Energy Efficiency Improvements in 2013 Add to Impressive Regional [PNW] Savings

Northwest Power & Conservation Council News, Oct. 7, 2014.
http://www.nwcouncil.org/news/blog/energy-efficiency-saved-ratepayers-35-billion-in-2013/

"The Pacific Northwest improved its electric energy efficiency in 2013 by 268 average megawatts, an amount equal to the annual electricity demand of about 180,500 Northwest homes."

Better Information Will Transform Energy Use in Multifamily Buildings

American Council for and Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Sept. 30, 2014, by Lauren Ross.
http://www.aceee.org/blog/2014/09/better-information-will-transform-ene

"Last month, Fannie Mae released the first nationally representative sample of energy and water data for multifamily properties across the United States. The Multifamily Energy and Water Market Research Survey provides an insight into multifamily buildings’ annual spending on energy and water as well as other important trends and metrics. The report also responds to the lack of information on energy use in submarkets in the multifamily sector by providing separate breakdowns for affordable and market-rate units, tenant and owner-paid utility bills, and by building size and other important building features."

PSU Selling Carbon Credits to Chevrolet, Helping Offset Cost of Energy Efficiency

The Oregonian, Oct. 22, 2014, by Ted Sickinger.
http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2014/10/psu_selling_carbon_credits_to.html

"Portland State University is selling the carbon credits generated by energy efficiency projects during a two and half year period to Chevrolet.

The car giant is looking to burnish it environmental credibility with a voluntary carbon reduction initiative, and is buying carbon credits from 12 universities toward a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 8 million tons."


HP Supercomputer at NREL Garners Top Honor

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Feature News, Oct. 13, 2014.
http://www.nrel.gov/news/features/feature_detail.cfm/feature_id=15403

"A supercomputer created by Hewlett-Packard (HP) and the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that uses warm water to cool its servers, and then re-uses that water to heat its building, has been honored as one of the top technological innovations of the year by R&D Magazine."

The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Oct. 22, 2014.
http://aceee.org/state-policy/scorecard

"Governors and lawmakers in state capitals across the nation continue to take major steps to lower energy costs, reduce pollution, and save consumers money by increasing their states' energy efficiency, according to the findings of the 8th edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)."

Smart Grid Provides Power Bridge to Fox Island [WA]

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Newsroom, Oct. 8, 2014.
http://www.bpa.gov/news/newsroom/Pages/Smart-grid-fills-critical-need-on-Fox-Island.aspx

A PNW Smart Grid Demonstration Project success story:
"The goal of the demonstration project is to test how new technologies can integrate renewable energy and improve reliability for grid operators while lowering the costs of energy for consumers. Led by Battelle Northwest, the Department of Energy Recovery Act project involved 11 utilities, five technology partners and two universities across five states in the nation’s largest test to modernize the grid. DOE matched the funds of participants, including the Bonneville Power Administration’s $10 million contribution. PenLight [Penisnula Light Co.] invested $1.2 million in the $178 million cost-share project."

Weather Trending for Energy Performance

Buildings, Sept. 2014, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17863/title/weather-trending-for-energy-performance.aspx

"Finding higher energy usage than you expected is disappointing, especially if you were hoping to find savings from an efficiency project. A recent heat wave may have something to do with it, but without data to back up your sneaking suspicion, there’s not much you can do to explain your energy anomaly."

Study: Price of Wind in the U.S. at All-Time Low

Wind Systems, Sept. 2014.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/727/study-price-of-wind-in-the-us-at-all-time-low

"Wind energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The prices offered by wind projects to utility purchasers averaged just $25/MWh for projects negotiating contracts in 2013, spurring demand for wind energy."

The full LBNL report, 2013 Wind Technologies Market Report, is available at http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2014/08/f18/2013%20Wind%20Technologies%20Market%20Report_1.pdf

The State Clean Energy Cookbook: A Dozen Recipes for State Agency Action on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, Sept. 2014.
http://www.naseo.org/Data/Sites/1/stc-hoover-report-bk_v3-draft-9-5-14.pdf

"On September 11, 2014, at the NASEO Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia, former U.S. Senator Jeff  Bingaman announced the release of The State Clean Energy Cookbook: A Dozen Recipes for State Action on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  The development of the bipartisan report was led by former Senator Jeff Bingaman and former Secretary of State and Treasury George Schultz under a joint study by Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy.  The report highlights several great state energy best practices examples."

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