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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.

 


Electricity End Uses, Energy Efficiency, and Distributed Energy Resources Baseline

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Jan. 2017.
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/electricity-end-uses-energy

"Berkeley Lab contributed a foundational analysis underlying the QER [DOE Quadrennial Energy Review]—a detailed analysis of electricity consumption by market sector, including cost, technology, and other trends. It looked at energy efficiency and distributed energy resources, like rooftop solar, and their impact on electricity supply and demand. [This] report, Electricity End Uses, Energy Efficiency, and Distributed Energy Resources Baseline, also describes the benefits of these resources as well as barriers to their adoption by examining a number of policies and programs. An appendix to the report reviews innovations in evaluation, measurement and verification to assess their impact."

100% of Electric Dutch Trains Now Run on Wind Power

Wired, Jan. 11, 2017, by Victoria Woollaston.
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/dutch-trains-wind-power

"Every electric train on the Dutch railways NS network now gets 100 per cent of its energy from wind energy. NS Dutch Railways has partnered with energy company Eneco to use its wind turbines to generate the energy needed to power all of its electric trains. The pair had hoped to achieve this milestone by 2018 but managed the feat as of January 1 this year."

First Eleven Months of 2016: New Renewable Electrical Capacity Exceeds That From Gas, Oil, and Nuclear Combined

North American Clean Energy, Jan. 9, 2017.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/?action=article&id=25292

"According to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) monthly "Energy Infrastructure Update" (with data through November 30, 2016), renewable energy accounted for the majority (50.5%) of new U.S. electrical generation put into service during the first eleven months of 2016."

Net Metering’s Confusing Future

Energy Manager Today, Jan. 9, 2017, by Carl Weinschenk.
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/net-meterings-confusing-future-0129594/

"There is confusion about changes to net metering rules.... Businesses like certainty. Those considering big solar investments are less likely to move forward until there is more clarity on the long-term future of net metering. Some might go forward even if the compensation limits are cut. But others, almost certainly, will bow out."

The IoT Opens New Opportunities for Energy Efficient Buildings

Energy Manager Today, Jan. 10, 2017, by Carl Weinschenk.
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/iot-opens-new-opportunities-energy-efficient-buildings-0129646/

"The great potential for the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve energy efficiency in buildings was illustrated during the past week by an introduction and an investment. The problem addressed by the introduction is that the IoT is being deployed before interoperability and other standards and protocols are fully developed and in place. This means that the system – which even under the best of conditions will be monstrously complex and sophisticated – could devolve into islands of disconnected functionality. In such a future, the IoT would be of limited use – and may even be an overall detriment."

Boiler Tune-Up Cuts J.H. Baxter’s Annual Energy Costs By An Estimated $21,100

Energy Trust Blog, Jan. 5, 2017.
https://blog.energytrust.org/boiler-tune-cuts-j-h-baxters-annual-energy-costs-estimated-21100

"A Kewanee steam boiler is the backbone of J.H. Baxter & Co.’s wood-treatment facility in Eugene [Oregon]. But over time, the boiler’s fire tubes built up a layer of soot that decreased efficiency. The solution was a simple boiler tune-up that boosted efficiency by 8.5 percent, saving more than 41,000 therms per year. Not only did the project cut the facility’s annual energy costs by an estimated $21,100—90 percent of the cost of the tune-up was paid for through Energy Trust of Oregon’s 90 by 90 industrial operations and maintenance offer."

Battery-Based Energy Storage: The Renewable Power Proliferation Enabler

Renewable Energy Focus, Nov/Dec 2016, by David Blood. - scroll to pages 237-238.
http://www.e-ditionsbyfry.com/olive/ODN/RRF/Default.aspx?href=RRF/2016/11/01

"David Blood takes a look at the energy storage systems market and explores why they are so integral to renewable energy generation. Energy storage systems (ESS) are growing in importance as renewable energy sources like wind power, wave power and solar are being commissioned and connected to the grid at an ever-increasing rate. Energy Storage Systems are needed to help the grid deal with the instability and unpredictability of such power generation systems and match them to equally variable consumer demand."

How To Calculate Life-Cycle Costs and Justify Energy Efficient HVAC Upgrades

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2017, by Conrad Kelso and Phil Lebrun.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/hvac/article/How-To-Calculate-Life-Cycle-Costs-and-Justify-Energy-Efficient-HVAC-Upgrades--16971

"...a three-part article on how determining long-term costs can make energy efficiency more attractive to upper managers."

Reducing Data Center Energy Use Means Focusing on PUE, Air Flow, LEED

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2017, by David Lewellen.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/datacenters/article/Reducing-Data-Center-Energy-Use-Means-Focusing-on-PUE-Air-Flow-LEED---16968

"...a three-part article on how to make critical facilities more energy efficient."

Energy Efficiency Jobs in America: A Comprehensive Analysis of Energy Efficiency Employment Across All 50 states

Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) & E4TheFuture, Dec. 2016.
http://www.e2.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/EnergyEfficiencyJobsInAmerica_FINAL.pdf

"This analysis finds that most energy efficiency workers are at small companies with 25 or fewer employees. Forty percent of energy efficiency companies focus on installation, while another 26 percent are in trade and distribution. The remaining firms are in professional services, engineering and research, and other categories. The majority say they depend on the energy efficiency market for at least half of their revenue."

See data by State in Appendix:
Washington - pp. 116-117
Oregon - pp. 96-97
Idaho - pp. 48-49

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