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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.

 


State Approaches to Demand Reduction Induced Price Effects: Examining How Energy Efficiency Can Lower Prices for All

SEE Action, U.S. Department of Energy, Dec. 9, 2015.
https://www4.eere.energy.gov/seeaction/publication/state-approaches-demand-reduction-induced-price-effects-examining-how-energy-efficiency

"A number of states, especially in the Northeast, are beginning to recognize Demand Reduction Induced Price Effects (DRIPE) as a real, quantifiable benefit of energy efficiency and demand response programs. DRIPE is a measurement of the value of demand reductions in terms of the decrease in wholesale energy prices, resulting in lower total expenditures on electricity or natural gas across a given grid. This paper reviews the existing knowledge and experience from select U.S. states regarding DRIPE (including New York and Ohio), and the potential for expanded application of the concept of  DRIPE by regulators."

Old Buildings Are U.S. Cities’ Biggest Sustainability Challenge

Harvard Business Review, Jan. 21, 2016, by Iain Campbell and Koben Calhoun.
https://hbr.org/2016/01/old-buildings-are-u-s-cities-biggest-sustainability-challenge

"In the United States, buildings consume 41 percent of the nation’s total energy use, through lighting, heating, air conditioning, elevators, and the thousands of items plugged into their sockets. In large urban centers such as Chicago and New York, the figure surpasses 70%. As the world seeks to forge a path to a clean energy future, the simple fact is that we need to reduce the energy used by cities and their buildings."

U.S. Leaders in Energy Management Eligible for New Global Award

U.S. Department of Energy, Jan. 21, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/amo/articles/us-leaders-energy-management-eligible-new-global-award

"The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is taking part in a prestigious new global awards program to recognize companies or organizations that use an ISO 50001-certified energy management system (EnMS) to save energy and reduce costs. The Energy Management Leadership Awards program should expand global use of these proven systems and help attain national and global climate goals."

Want to Weigh Your State’s Clean Power Plan Compliance Options? Check Out Our New SUPR 2 Calculator

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Jan. 19, 2016, by Cassandra Kubes.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/01/want-weigh-your-state-s-clean-power

"As states consider plans to submit to EPA, they will want to evaluate the costs of their compliance options, but comparing different strategies can be complex. To assist states in exploring the cost and pollution reduction potential of different options, ACEEE has created the State and Utility Pollution Reduction Calculator Version 2 (SUPR 2)."

Why Electric Motors Fail

Flow Control Magazine, Jan. 2016, by Paul J. Barna.
http://www.flowcontrol-digital.com/201601#&pageSet=13

"Electric motors top the industrial landscape as the most widely deployed asset driving processes and productivity. In fact, industrial motor use accounts for about 25 percent of all electricity usage nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Despite the dependence on these motors and their vital roles in industry, electric motors can fail for many reasons leading to losses in productivity and associated profitability."

CHP Installations

Flow Control Magazine, Jan. 2016, by Jack Sine.
http://www.flowcontrol-digital.com/201601#&pageSet=9

"Near-real time ultrasonic metering enables building managers to cut waste and maximize efficiency."

4 Key Measurements for Optimal Boiler Control

Flow Control Magazine, Jan. 2016, by Bob Sabin.
http://www.flowcontrol-digital.com/201601#&pageSet=7&contentItem=0

"Fix tough measurement problems to improve operation."

DOE Industry Partnerships Lead to Widespread Adoption of Efficient Commercial Air Conditioners

U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies, Jan. 14, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/doe-industry-partnerships-lead-widespread-adoption-efficient-commercial-air

"Commercial air conditioners, often referred to as rooftop units (RTUs), are commonly used across commercial building sectors such as schools, restaurants, big box retailers, and small office buildings. These heating, ventilation and air conditioning units condition almost half of all U.S. commercial floor space. But commonly they are old and inefficient, wasting anywhere from $900 to $3,700 per unit annually. To take advantage of this energy and cost savings opportunity, the Department of Energy (DOE) partnered with manufacturers and businesses to launch a multi-faceted program that has transformed an entire market—from a time not long ago, when zero high efficiency RTUs were commercially available, to a historic standard that ensures all businesses will have access to energy-saving RTUs. Learn about the process step-by-step below."

DOE Announces New Projects to Modernize America’s Electric Grid

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, January 14, 2016.
http://www.nrel.gov/news/press/2016/21618

"Today, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced up to $220 million in new funding for a consortium of DOE national laboratories and partners to support critical research and development over the next three years to help modernize our nation's electrical power grid. The secretary also announced the release of DOE's comprehensive new Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP), a blueprint for the Department's research, development, and demonstration agenda to enable a modernized grid."

A Nanophotonic Comeback for Incandescent Bulbs?

MIT News, Jan. 11, 2016, by David L. Chandler.
http://news.mit.edu/2016/nanophotonic-incandescent-light-bulbs-0111

"Traditional light bulbs, thought to be well on their way to oblivion, may receive a reprieve thanks to a technological breakthrough."

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