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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.

 


Governor Inslee Honors Washington Industrial Companies

Bonneville Power Administration News Release, May 5, 2015.
http://www.bpa.gov/news/newsroom/Pages/Gov.-Inslee-honors-Washington-industrial-companies.aspx

"Industry representatives from across Washington got the red carpet
treatment as Gov. Jay Inslee recognized nine companies for their exceptional commitment to saving energy at the
Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards March 25 at the capital in Olympia."

BERC Launches Updated Community-Scale Wood Heating Database

Biomass Magazine, April 28, 2015.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/11868/berc-launches-updated-community-scale-wood-heating-database

"The Biomass Energy Resource Center [BERC], a program of the Vermont Energy Investment Corp., has launched a re-tooled web-based database for tracking the advancement of modern wood heating throughout North America. The newly revised searchable database houses key information on existing community-scale modern wood heating and combined heat and power systems across the U.S. and Canada, as well as an archive of links to case studies."

Batteries Are Carving Out Space on the Grid

Power Magazine, May 2015, by Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/batteries-are-carving-out-space-on-the-grid/?printmode=1

"Falling prices and technological improvements have brought battery storage systems into direct competition with traditional distributed generation, demand response, and peaking generation resources. But making one work efficiently and profitably is not just plug and play."

Developing a Pump System Assessment with Energy Cost Balance Sheets

Engineered Software, Inc., May 2015.
http://eng-software.com/company/press/2015/5/developing-a-pump-system-assessment-with-energy-cost-balance-sheets/

"The first step in the assessment involves developing an Energy Cost Balance Sheet for the way the system is currently operating.  We can then identify system improvement alternatives and develop an Energy Cost Balance Sheet for each proposed alternative.  These results provide the plant’s financial management team with the data needed to develop a course of action based on the potential risk/ reward."

Getting to Outcome-Based Building Performance Event Report

New Building Institute, May 2015, by Mark Frankel and Jim Edelson.
http://newbuildings.org/performance-outcomes-event-report

"This report summarizes the work undertaken by a group of building industry thought leaders who gathered for a Performance Outcome Summit in August 2014 in Seattle, Washington. During a day and a half workshop, the group examined the opportunities, barriers and next steps that will transition the commercial building industry from estimating energy use, based on models in the design phase, to measuring real performance outcomes, based on actual energy use in an occupied building."

Clearing the Air [Residential IAQ]

Green Builder, Apr. 2015. (Scroll to page 11 of the magazine or page 20 of the digital issue.)
http://www.greenbuildermedia.com/gbapr2015

"The continued rise of respiratory-related health problems has the public increasingly aware of indoor air pollution. Here's how you can take advantage of new research and products to address IAQ in your projects--before it becomes a problem."

Selecting a Boiler for Heating, Process Loads

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Apr. 2015, by Bradley A. Pankow.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/selecting-a-boiler-for-heating-process-loads/346ed587852de8e21b053c91f7ec85d5.html

"Boilers for heating and domestic hot water systems are used in many nonresidential buildings and across educational, hospital, and industrial campuses. This article reviews the codes and standards that regulate boiler system specification and design, plus energy efficiency and efficacy of these boiler systems."

Integration: Lighting and HVAC systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, April 2015, by Chris Rush.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/integration-lighting-and-hvac-systems/74d81a6dede2cff0f4dd8a689c13ad76.html

"By considering the first principles of radiative energy, engineers can determine how to balance daylight, electric light, and HVAC systems, particularly considering various options for daylight control and the advent of LEDs."

Bioenergy & Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps

Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), April 2015.
http://bioenfapesp.org/scopebioenergy/index.php

"Led by researchers from the Sao Paulo Research Foundation, the SCOPE report is the collective effort of 137 experts from 82 institutions and 24 countries to document and analyze impacts, benefits, and constraints related to the global expansion of bioenergy. Contributors include several BETO-funded scientists from Argonne National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory."

The Total Cost of Saving Electricity through Utility Customer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs: Estimates at the National, State, Sector and Program Level

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Electricity Markets & Policy Group, Technical Brief, Apr. 2015, by Ian M. Hoffman and others.
http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/total-cost-of-saved-energy.pdf

"Based on several hundred regulatory filings, researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have determined the total cost of saving electricity through efficiency programs: $0.046 per kilowatt-hour. That value is the average for 20 states in the period 2009 to 2013 and compares favorably with supply-side alternatives and retail rates."

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