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Energy Newsbriefs Blog

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.

 


Financial Impacts of Net-Metered PV on Utilities and Ratepayers: A Scoping Study of Two Prototypical U.S. Utilities

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Sept. 2014, by Andrew Satchwell, and others.
http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/LBNL%20PV%20Business%20Models%20Report_no%20report%20number%20(Sept%2025%20revision).pdf

"A new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) that examines the potential impacts of customer-sited photovoltaics (PV) on electric utility profitability and rates. The report shows that these impacts can vary greatly depending upon the specific circumstances of the utility. The report also examines measures that could be pursued by utilities and regulators to mitigate the financial impacts."

New Federal Equipment Standards Create Big Northwest Energy Savings

Northwest Energy Coalition, Oct. 6, 2014.
http://www.nwenergy.org/news/new-federal-equipment-standards-create-big-northwest-energy-savings/

"In the past five years, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has cranked out federal appliance and equipment standards that by 2029 will produce almost 800 average megawatts of Northwest energy savings that will greatly help the region achieve the savings goals of current regional power plan, according to preliminary analyses by the Bonneville Power Administration and Northwest Power and Conservation Council."

Evaluating Farm Slurry Extends Life & Performance [Pumps]

Pumps & Systems, Sept. 2014, by Paul Davies.
http://www.pump-zone.com/pumps/september-2014-evaluating-farm-slurry-extends-life-performance-0

"Pump manufacturers know that the engineering phrase “fit and forget” never holds true for rotating equipment. For all its reliability and longevity, a slurry pump that has been operating in a pit for several years will eventually fail. Several pumps can handle farming applications at a tenth of the initial cost for an application-specific slurry pump. However, replacing a cheaper, less effective pump every six months becomes a tiresome—and expensive—hassle for many farmers. This article features several examples of how selecting the right pump ensured worry-free operation in harsh pit service."

Energy Department Recognizes 11 Manufacturers for Energy Efficiency Achievements

U.S. Department of Energy, Oct. 2, 2014.
http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-recognizes-11-manufacturers-energy-efficiency-achievements

"Building on the Administration’s efforts to double energy productivity and help American businesses save money by saving energy, the Energy Department today recognized 11 companies that have met ambitious energy-efficiency goals through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program."

Is Waste Heat Recovery Right for Your Project?

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Aug. 2014, by Daniel Cohen.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/is-waste-heat-recovery-right-for-your-project/77fcf9eddf464b00d63ece42b4b6100b.html

"How to evaluate and specify waste heat recovery systems in various nonresidential building markets."

Specifying LED Luminaires

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Aug. 2014, by Brian Fiander.
http://www.csemag.com/industry-news/codes-and-standards-updates/single-article/specifying-led-luminaires/aa5a4f9f407c8257856e0f6ef4966919.html

"LEDs are in demand because of their energy efficiency and long lifecycle. This article reviews the key aspects of specifying LEDs, provides a lifecycle comparison to other types of lighting, and discusses the codes that dictate their specification."

State Compliance Options [for Carbon Reduction] under EPA's Clean Power Plan

Sustainability: The Journal of Record, Aug. 2014, by Kate Swayne Wilson and others.
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/SUS.2014.9779

"While the ruling is not without opposition, many stakeholders were relieved to find that it [the Clean Power Plan] offers flexibility for each state to achieve its assigned carbon reduction target, and that states and utilities will be able to build on initiatives already in place."

Snohomish PUD Tidal Power Project Not to Advance

Snohomish (WA) PUD Press Release, Sept. 30, 2014.
http://www.snopud.com/newsroom.ashx?p=1102&173_na=276

"Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) today announced it will no longer pursue its pilot tidal energy research project in Admiralty Inlet, west of Whidbey Island."

What’s Needed to Address U.S. Geothermal’s Deep-Seated Challenges?

Power Magazine, Sep. 2014, by Kennedy Maize.
http://www.powermag.com/whats-needed-to-address-u-s-geothermals-deep-seated-challenges/

"Geothermal generation is clean, renewable, and cost-effective over the long term, and the U.S. has vast untapped geothermal resources. So why is it still operating on the sidelines?"

Includes a sidebar that summarizes "The International Scene".

Smart Grid Master Planning at NC State: Centennial Campus Already a Smart Grid R&D Leader

District Energy, Third Quarter 2014, by Ben Dombrowski.
http://www.districtenergy-digital.org/districtenergy/2014Q3?pg=14#pg14

"North Carolina State University recently commissioned a smart grid master plan to guide the development of integrated, efficient and optimized utility services on its research campus."

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