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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.

 


A Bright Future for Veterans [Armed Forces Retirement Home, DC]

Environmental Design + Construction (EDC), Oct. 2014.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95909-95909-a-bright-future-for-veterans

Excellence in Design Winners 2014:
"The AFRH New Commons Health Care Center, The Scott Building, located on the Old Soldier’s Home grounds in Washington, D.C., is a unique space that combines assisted living user needs, campus-wide program requirements, a historic site and environmental considerations into a multiuse facility. The AFRH Campus is home to more than 500 military veterans from all branches of the armed forces."

Future Solar Cost Reductions Hinge on Raising Solar Cell Efficiencies

Solar Industry, Oct. 2014, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1410/FEAT_01_Future-Solar-Cost-Reductions-Hinge-On-Raising-Solar-Cell-Efficiencies.html

"Lowering the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of solar photovoltaic power is probably the No. 1 issue facing the industry. For most of the last decade, the focus of that effort has been reducing the costs of solar panels."

Efficiency Beyond Design: Energy Codes

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2014, by Greg Zimmerman.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Outcomebased-Building-Codes-Could-Be-Industry-Gamechanger--15369?source=FeaturedBOM-10/2014#

"Outcome-based codes offer a new way to bridge the gap between good design and high-performance operations."

A four-part article:
Part 1: New Energy Code Approach Could Be Industry Game-Changer
Part 2: Outcome-Based Energy Codes Link Operations To Design
Part 3: How Would Outcome-Based Energy Codes Be Enforced?
Part 4: With Outcome-Based Codes, Who Is Responsible For Performance During Measurement Period?
Part 5: ICC Votes On Energy Code Compliance For IgCC

Lighting, Electricity, Steel: Energy Efficiency Backfire in Emerging Economies

The Breakthrough, Oct. 6, 2014, by Ted Nordhaus and others.
http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/issues/energy-efficiency/lighting-electricity-steel

"Countries that expect to consume much more energy will likely experience higher levels of energy efficiency rebound, concludes a new Breakthrough report, released today. Rebound is the phenomenon in which energy efficiency measures increase demand for energy, which diminishes expected energy savings. [This report] presents three historical case studies of when energy efficiency rebound occurred: lighting from 1700 to present, electricity generation in 20th century America, and iron and steel production from 1900 onward."

The Rebound Effect and Energy Efficiency Policy

E2e Working Paper 013, Oct. 2014, by Kenneth Gillingham, David Rapson, and Gernot Wagner.
http://e2e.haas.berkeley.edu/pdf/workingpapers/WP013.pdf

"What do we know about the size of the rebound effect? Should we believe claims that energy efficiency improvements lead to an increase in energy use? This paper clarifies what the rebound effect is, and provides a guide for economists and policymakers interested in its magnitude."

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Save Energy at a Maine Composting Site

Treatment Plant Operator, Oct. 2014, by Doug Day.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2014/10/geothermal_heating_and_cooling
_save_energy_at_a_maine_composting_site


"A Maine composting facility creates beneficial recycled products, and does it with less energy, thanks to innovations like geothermal heating and cooling."

Zeroing In [on Zero Energy]

Building Science Insights, Building Science Corporation, by Joseph Lstiburek.
http://www.buildingscience.com/documents/insights/bsi-081-zeroing-in/

"So what does “net zero” mean anyway? And what is the difference from a “zero energy house”? A zero energy house is “off grid” and makes all the energy it needs on site using renewables. This is not easy to do and typically involves an ultra efficient house and energy storage. Good luck. Having said that, I like the ultra efficient part. I can’t help it. Engineers worship efficiency. The storage part worries me."

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell': How Utilities are Powering the Marijuana Industry

Utility Dive, Oct. 23, 2014, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/dont-ask-dont-tell-how-utilities-are-powering-the-marijuana-industry/322565/

"Marijuana—legal or otherwise—requires a lot of power to produce. And in the Pacific Northwest, utilities are now facing the complicated task of efficiently meeting that demand while navigating a set of opposing laws."

Choosing a Whole-House Ventilation Strategy (Pt. 2)

Journal of Light Construction, Oct. 2014, by Allison Bailes.
http://www.jlconline.com/ventilation/choosing-a-whole-house-ventilation-strategy_o.aspx

"An update on current standards and how to meet them."

Prepare Your Renewable Plant for Cold Weather Operations

Power Magazine, Oct. 2014, by Sonal Patel and Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/prepare-your-renewable-plant-for-cold-weather-operations/

"Although renewable generation is typically less affected by winter weather than gas- and coal-fired plants, it is far from weatherproof. Understanding the risks and preparing properly for them can avoid most problems."

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