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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.

 


Onsite Energy Manager Pilot Programs: A Survey of Practices and Lessons Learned

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Research Report IE132, March 2014, by Christopher Russell. (Free registration required to view full-text.)
http://aceee.org/research-report/ie132

"Energy program administrators are sponsoring the placement of dedicated energy managers at industrial facilities to overcome the obstacles to energy optimization.  These pilot efforts seek to accelerate the pace and volume of industrial efficiency initiatives. This report describes five existing programs. The intent is to boost awareness of this program concept, which could be a critical component of future energy policy and program design."

Constructing Comfort — One Tool at a Time: It Takes the Right Instruments to Get the Job Done

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, Mar. 3, 2014, by Cherie Preville.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/126051-constructing-comfort-one-tool-at-a-time

"HVAC contractors aim to make homeowners comfortable in their own houses. To achieve this goal, a growing number of contractors are extending their attention beyond basic HVAC equipment; they’re considering efficiency improvements to the entire residential structure. Once equipped with the right dose of knowledge and the proper tools, contractors are able to offer whole-house “Goldilocks” solutions: Those that fit just right."

Prepare for DOE Pump Efficiency Regulations (Part 3)

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2014, by Robert K. Asdal, The Hydraulic Institute, Inc.
http://www.pump-zone.com/pumps/march-2014-prepare-doe-pump-efficiency-regulations

"This is the last part of a three-part series that discusses the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) pump efficiency regulations and how the Hydraulic Institute (HI) is working with HI members, the DOE and other groups to reduce the burden on U.S. pump manufacturers, while supporting DOE efforts to achieve energy savings and efficiency improvements in the marketplace."

Achieving Balance: Exploring the "Why" of Voltage Optimization

Rural Electric Magazine, Mar. 2014, by Courtney Barry.
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nreca/re0314/index.php?startid=24#/26

"Some electric co-op engineers see it as a real catch-22: maintaining a system that can support or allow a reduction in voltage while ensuring that adequate voltage is received by every consumer, all the way to the end of the line. But with the right tools and some forethought, achieving that balance doesn't have to be an insurmountable challenge, says Jim Weikert, automation consultant for Power System Engineering (powersystem.org) in Madison, Wis."

Converting Sulfur from Flue Gas into Fertilizer

Power Magazine, Mar. 2014, by Gail Reitenbach, PhD.
http://www.powermag.com/converting-sulfur-from-flue-gas-into-fertilizer/

"As environmental regulations tighten—both in the U.S. and around the world—coal-fired power plants continue to look for ways to operate economically. Though reuse and sale of coal combustion by-products has a long history, one new approach could benefit a somewhat unlikely partner industry."

10 U.S. Cities Tackle Efficiency

Architectural Record, Feb. 12, 2014, by Peter Fairley.
http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2014/02/140212-10-US-Cities-Tackle-Efficiency.asp

"Buildings are the source of one half to three-quarters of greenhouse-gas emissions in most American cities. Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Houston, and six more large cities have joined forces to tackle the problem by targeting their biggest buildings. “The largest buildings tend to be 3 to 4 percent of the overall number of buildings but account for 40 to 50 percent of the square footage and energy consumption. You have this terrific opportunity to work with a handful of buildings and make a big dent,” says Laurie Kerr, director of the City Energy Project (CEP), which launched in late January."

2014 Getting to Zero Status Update: A Look at the Projects, Policies and Programs Driving Zero Net Energy Performance in Commercial Buildings

New Buildings Institute, Jan. 2014.
http://newbuildings.org/sites/default/files/2014_Getting_to_Zero_Update.pdf

This report "presents the findings on ZNE [Zero Net Energy] and ultra-low2 energy buildings and districts across North America and builds on the Getting to Zero 2012 Status Update work by New Buildings Institute (NBI)."


Elements of Success in Tidal Energy Development

Hydro Review, Mar. 2014, by John M. Ferland.
http://digital.hydroreview.com/hydroreview/201403?folio=26#pg36

"The successful deployment of the Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project [Bay of Fundy in Maine] demonstrates key elements of tidal energy development that can benefit future projects. ...this project has the first long-term power purchase agreement for tidal energy issued in the U.S."

Standby Rates for Combined Heat and Power Systems: Economic Analysis and Recommendations for Five States

Prepared by Brubaker & Associates, Inc. and the Regulatory Assistance Project for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ORNL/TM-2013/583, Feb. 2014.
http://raponline.org/document/download/id/7020

"Standby, or partial requirements, service is the set of retail electric products for customers who operate onsite, non-emergency generation. These rates represent the cost of services utilities provide when customer generation is not operating or is insufficient to meet full load. Trends show that distributed generation is not rare anymore and that old ideas about risk have been replaced by utility operator confidence in anticipated performance. This paper presents the results of an analytical assessment of the rates, terms, and conditions for standby service in five states: Arkansas, Colorado, New Jersey, Ohio, and Utah."

Retrocommissioning an Industrial Facility: Project Uncovers Opportunities for Further Energy-Cost Reductions

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning Engineering, Feb. 2014, by Peter D'Antonio. (Free registration required to view full article.)
http://hpac.com/heating/retrocommissioning-industrial-facility

"Within large industrial corporations, facility maintenance often is viewed as no more than an operating expense. Many such organizations scoff at even a one-year payback for energy-saving projects, choosing instead to focus on the near-instantaneous returns offered by improvements in manufacturing efficiency. In northern Colorado, however, one manufacturer is working hard to change the way the economic benefits of energy efficiency are perceived and accounted for, recognizing facility energy-cost savings as a key contributor to the overall profitability of an organization."

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