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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.

 


Rulemaking for Commercial and Industrial Fans and Blowers

U.S. DOE, EERE, Building Technologies Office, Appliance & Equipment Standards, Jan. 12, 2015.
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/rulemaking.aspx/ruleid/25

"DOE published a Federal Register notice of comment period extension for the notice of data availability regarding energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial fans and blowers. 80 FR 1477 (January 12, 2015). The comment period has been extended until February 25, 2015."

Benchmarking the Declining Cost of Solar

Solar Today, Nov/Dec 2014, by Samantha Weaver and others. (Scroll to page 24.)
http://www.omagdigital.com/publication/index.php?i=0&m=23867&l=1&p=4&pre=&ver=swf

"New reports from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory analyze the policies, programs, and other factors that drive the declining cost of solar photovoltaics in both residential and commercial applications."

Arizona's Utility-Owned Solar Programs: The New Business Models Utilities Are Looking For?

Utility Dive, Jan. 7, 2014, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/arizonas-utility-owned-solar-programs-the-new-business-models-utilities-a/348331/

"Two innovative utility-owned solar programs were finalized by Arizona regulators at the close of 2014, programs that could change the net energy metering controversy. More importantly, they could change the utility business model and the solar business."

ASHRAE/IES Proposes Expansion of Climate Zones for Energy Standard [ASHRAE 90.1]

ASHRAE Press Release, Dec. 16, 2014.
https://www.ashrae.org/news/2014/ashrae-ies-proposes-expansion-of-climate-zones-for-energy-standard

"New proposed climate data could make the ASHRAE/IES energy standard more applicable for global use. Addendum w is one of 10 proposed addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, open for public comment starting Dec. 5, 2014. The proposed addendum closes for review Jan. 19, 2015."

Radiant HVAC: The How, Where & Why

Engineered Systems, Dec. 2014, by Steven G. Liescheidt.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96889-radiant-hvac-the-how-where-why

"Does an old-school concept deserve consideration for a wider range of projects these days? After a refresher on the basics, warm up to a variety of current tips and advantages for maintenance, controls, and installation."

The U.S. Wind Industry: Where It's Been and Where It's Going

North American Windpower, Dec. 2014, by Robert C. Rugh.
http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW1412/FEAT_05_The-U-S-Wind-Industry-Where-It-Is-Been-And-Where%20It-Is-Going.html

"Just as it has over the past decade, American wind power should continue its ascent as a mainstream technology.

Boeing Renton Becomes a 100 Percent Renewable Energy Site

Boeing Press Release, Dec. 2014, by Michael Boroughs and Jordan Longacre.
http://www.boeing.com/boeing/Features/2014/12/bca_renton_energy_12_16_14.page

"Boeing’s Renton facility is now powered 100 percent by renewable energy. Through an agreement with Puget Sound Energy, the 737 manufacturing site now receives power from hydroelectricity coupled with renewable energy credits from wind energy purchased from the local utility."

Foundry Air Compressors Out of Control

Compressed Air Best Practices, Dec. 2014, by Ron Marshall for the Compressed Air Challenge.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/compressor-controls/foundry-air-compressors-out-control

"Quite a number of worst-case compressed air scenarios have been encountered over the years but none may compare to the conditions that existed in a metal foundry somewhere in North America. For reasons you are about to discover, we will not reveal the name of this factory or its location, in order to protect the innocent from embarrassment."

USGBC Green Garage Certification

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Press Release, Dec. 18, 2014, by Taryn Holowka.
http://www.usgbc.org/articles/international-parking-institute-and-green-parking-council-collaborate-gbci-certification-bo

"In recognition of the importance of sustainable parking facilities and practices to the development of sustainable communities, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the certification body for the U.S. Green Building Council’s global LEED® green building rating system, today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the International Parking Institute (IPI), the world’s largest parking association, and the Green Parking Council (GPC)."

Seattle Municipal Buildings: 2012-2013 Energy Performance Report

City of Seattle, Dec. 2014.
http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/OSE/2014-12-11%20EnergyPerformanceReport_2013_FINAL.pdf

"The City of Seattle has set an ambitious target to be a carbon neutral community by 2050. To get there, the entire community needs to reduce its environmental impact and City government must be a leader and an active participant. This report demonstrates that leadership by publicly sharing the results of the City’s work to rate the energy efficiency, or "energy performance" of City-owned facilities."

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