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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.

 


The Lowly Lightbulb Outshines Solar and Wind on U.S. Power Grids

Bloomberg Business, Aug. 14, 2015, by Naureen Malik.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-13/the-lowly-lightbulb-outshines-solar-and-wind-on-u-s-power-grids

"Utility and power grid managers in the U.S. are learning that the best way to cut carbon emissions and improve efficiency is the easiest: Just change your lightbulbs."

Air Curtain: Energy-Saving Advancements Open Doors to New Uses

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2015, by Stephen Benes.
http://digital.businessenergy.net/publication/?i=266629&p=36#{}

"The basic air curtain concept of protecting an open doorway from the exterior environment with and 'air seal' hasn't changed much in the last 50 years, but what has changed is the variety of businesses using them today to save energy."

Searching for Equilibrium: How to Achieve It In the Era of Distributed Energy

Public Utilities Fortnightly, Aug. 2015, by David J. O'Brien.
http://www.fortnightly.com/fortnightly/2015/08/searching-equilibrium?authkey=1b8f573ff31babae044128d6c9f9c6755bd259c00f01b6cc6f6320f438d8a7f0

"Over the decades of state regulation of distribution utilities, we have seen prominent structural changes - independent power and restructuring - that have altered the basis of the regulatory bargain. Today we stand at another critical point: where the structural underpinnings of the regulatory compact have shifted and a state of disequilibrium exists."

Thermostatic Radiator Valves for Multiunit Residential Buildings

HPAC Engineering, July 2015, by Bill Boss.
http://hpac.com/heating/thermostatic-radiator-valves-multiunit-residential-buildings

"A simple, cost-effective way to combat overheating in older apartment buildings."

In Nevada and Beyond, Energy Efficiency Means More Jobs, Less Carbon

Huffington Post "The Blog", Aug. 25, 2015, by Nicole Lederer.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nicole-lederer/in-nevada-and-beyond-ener_b_8033374.html

"Consider for a moment the 6,000 positions Tesla expects to fill near Reno at a massive factory for advanced batteries - a major announcement that helped propel Nevada to the top spot nationwide in a major 2014 clean energy jobs report. Or the jobs installing and maintaining a nearly 30-megawatt solar array at Nellis Air Force Base south of downtown Vegas. Or the thousands of workers it will take to retrofit Nevada's schools, businesses, casinos, homes and apartments to make them all use energy smarter via energy efficiency."

Right Light: How to Recommission and Revitalize Lighting Control Systems

Building Operating Management, July 2015, by Desiree Hanford.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/lighting/article/How-to-Recommission-and-Revitalize-Lighting-Control-Systems--16033

Article in 3-parts:
Part 1: How to Recommission and Revitalize Lighting Control Systems
Part 2: Knowing the Types of Lighting Control Systems and How Often Recommissioning Is Needed
Part 3: At Peace Institute in Washington, D.C. , Complex Lighting Controls Get an Ongoing Commissioning

Energy Efficiency: Data Should Drive Energy Upgrades

Building Operating Management, July 2015, by Richard Lubinski.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Understanding-How-Data-Should-Drive-Energy-Upgrades--16041

"It’s important for facility managers to understand the importance of data before, during, and after energy efficiency projects. Data can be your friend. Data — which as we’ll see, comes from such sources as utility bills, meters, submeters, and data loggers — guides energy audits (also called energy assessments) that lead to the creation of energy conservation measures (ECMs) that in turn will serve the building’s interests. Those audits also provide reliable estimates of energy savings and return on investment (ROI) — an important benefit, since measurement and verification (M&V) are essential with energy upgrades."

Equipment Failure Survey Quantifies Outage Impacts [Hydropower]

Hydro Review, July 2015, by Leanne Greisen, and others.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-34/issue-6/articles/equipment-failure-survey-quantifies-outage-impacts.html

Peer reviewed article:
"The cost and schedule impacts of delaying investment in hydropower equipment to the point of failure can be severe. In fact, according to the results of a recent survey, costs can be 10 times higher than making the investment in advance of the failure."

Saving Water with Cooling Towers

ASHRAE Journal, Aug 2015, by Frank Morrison.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2015Aug_020-033_Morrison.pdf

"Saving water with cooling towers. At first glance, this statement seems counterintuitive. Cooling towers save energy but aren’t they major users of water? This article will help readers understand the critical role evaporative heat transfer systems play in a sustainable environment, explore how water is consumed in such systems, and review the strategies that help minimize the use of both water and energy."

Quantifying [Hydropower] Development Potential in the Pacific Northwest

Hydro Review, July 2015, by Jan Lee.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-34/issue-6/articles/quantifying-development-potential-in-the-pacific-northwest.html

"According to a recently completed scoping study, the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. holds significant hydro development potential."

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