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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.

 


Heat from Beneath the Ground – Working to Advance Deep Direct-Use Geothermal

U.S. Dept. of Energy, EERE, Nov. 15, 2016, by Timothy Patrick Reinhardt.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/heat-beneath-ground-working-advance-deep-direct-use-geothermal

"Beneath our feet lies a source of geothermal heat that can be tapped to provide heating and cooling to both residential and commercial buildings, manufacturing processes, greenhouses and aquaculture ponds. Deep direct-use (DDU) systems are an emerging technology area in the geothermal sector that draw on lower temperature geothermal resources. Deeper than geothermal heat pumps and other conventional direct-use systems, DDU is deployable at a similar temperature range—between 100°F and 300°F—but at a much larger scale. DDU maximizes system efficiencies and return on investment."

Benefits of Community Microgrids

ForesterDailyNews, Nov. 14, 2016, by Carol Brzozowski.
http://foresternetwork.com/daily/energy/distributed-generation/benefits-of-community-microgrids/

"A key feature of community microgrids is their capability of operating independently from the utility system in an island mode in the event of a utility failure."

4 Charts That Show Renewable Energy is on the Rise in America

Energy.gov, Nov. 14, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/4-charts-show-renewable-energy-rise-America

"The numbers are in and the verdict is clear: clean energy is on the rise, both at home and around the world. Last week..., the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, released the 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book. This annual publication illustrates the rapid progress that the United States and globe has seen on a variety of energy metrics over the past year – including electricity generation, investments, and technology-specific data."

BPA 2016-2021 Energy Efficiency Action Plan (Draft)

Bonneville Power Administration, Oct. 2016.
https://www.bpa.gov/EE/Policy/EEPlan/Documents/BPA_EE_Action_Plan_
Draft_External_Review.pdf


"In February 2016, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council released the Seventh Power Plan. This plan identifies the energy efficiency savings potential in the Northwest and establishes a regional savings goal. BPA has committed to achieving a share of the goal established in the Power Plan and developed the EE Action Plan to define our strategy for doing so. The Action Plan forecasts how public power will achieve the savings goals through a variety of EE programs and other channels like market transformation and Momentum Savings as well as identifying the budget required to do so."

U.S. Governors See Microgrids and Energy Storage as a Path to Energy Assurance

Microgrid Knowledge, Nov. 2, 2016, by Elisa Wood.
http://microgridknowledge.com/microgrids-and-energy-storage/

"Microgrids and energy storage can help U.S. states assure energy supply during disasters, according to two papers recently issued by the National Governors Association (NGA). The papers emerged from an effort NGA undertook last year to identify best energy practices that have emerged from Superstorm Sandy."

Sustainable Communities: Retrofitting Suburbia for 21st Century Challenges

EcoBuilding Pulse, Oct. 20, 2016, by Ellen Dunham-Jones.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/vision-2020/sustainable-communities/sustainable-communities_o

"Most North Americans live in auto-dependent suburbs requiring high-carbon lifestyles. While cities and the walkable, bikable, compact, low-carbon living they facilitate are seeing a welcome resurgence in popularity, postwar suburbs, in particular, are facing unprecedented challenges. These challenges include increases in poverty, aging populations, more frequent flooding, and the cost of transportation, energy, and infrastructure maintenance, as well as declines in affordability, the number of jobs, social capital, public health, and environmental quality."

Get Ready for New Federal Pump Efficiency Rules

Pumps & Systems, Oct. 2016, by Gary Wamsley.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/october-2016-get-ready-new-federal-pump-efficiency-rules

"The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) earlier this year published a request to industry for assistance in developing new efficiency standards for pump systems. The federal notice (81 FR 5658) will lead to new federal regulations aimed at improving reliability and further reducing energy consumption nationwide in pumps, including circulator pumps."

The Internet of Things and Intelligent Facilities Management

HPAC Engineering, Nov. 7, 2016, Leroy Walden.
http://hpac.com/internet-things/internet-things-and-intelligent-facilities-management

"The application of intelligent-building and IoT technology should support three important goals: reduce costs, reduce risk, and improve the occupant experience."

PNNL Researchers Convert Sewage Into Biofuel

Biomass Magazine, Nov. 7, 2016.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/13895/pnnl-researchers-convert-sewage-into-biofuel

"It may sound like science fiction, but wastewater treatment plants across the United States may one day turn ordinary sewage into biocrude oil, thanks to new research at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The technology, hydrothermal liquefaction, mimics the geological conditions the Earth uses to create crude oil, using high pressure and temperature to achieve in minutes something that takes Mother Nature millions of years."

A Road Map for Optimized Maintenance

Flow Control, Nov. 1, 2016, by Michael J. Trainor.
http://www.flowcontrolnetwork.com/a-road-map-for-optimized-maintenance

"Unexpected failure of machinery is never a welcomed option for any plant, especially in the case of critical assets. Productivity may take a big hit when an asset goes down for emergency fixes. Could a developing problem have been detected earlier? Could the failure have been prevented or even predicted? An operation’s maintenance strategy — or lack of one — holds the key."

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