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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.

 


Gaming Consoles Deliver Excitement, Value for the Energy Buck

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Dec. 2014, by Clay C. Perry.
http://www.epri.com/Press-Releases/Pages/Gaming-Consoles-Deliver-Excitement,-Value-for-the-Energy-Buck.aspx

"An EPRI research team compared the energy consumption of the Microsoft Xbox One, Sony PlayStation®4 (PS4), and the Nintendo Wii U consoles while running the popular game Call of Duty®: Ghosts. In a head-to-head, hour-long test – the Wii U consumed 30 watt-hours (Wh) of electricity. Xbox One measured in at 105 Wh, and PS4 weighed in at 124 Wh."

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Used for Energy Storage Products

Energy Harvesting Journal, Dec. 2014.
http://www.energyharvestingjournal.com/articles/7140/atmospheric-carbon-dioxide-used-for-energy-storage-products

"Chemists and engineers at Oregon State University (OSU) have discovered a fascinating new way to take some of the atmospheric carbon dioxide that's causing the greenhouse effect and use it to make an advanced, high-value material for use in energy storage products."

Doubling Energy Productivity by 2030

Engineered Systems, Jan. 2015, by John Galyen.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96921-doubling-energy-productivity-by-2030

"While energy efficiency remains at the forefront of trends impacting the HVACR industry, it’s not only efficiency that the industry — and country — needs to be thinking about. We also need to address energy productivity: increasing GDP while reducing energy use."

EIA is Proposing a New Survey Form—the EIA-63C, Densified Biomass Fuel Report

Energy Information Administration, Dec. 31, 2014.
http://www.eia.gov/survey/form/eia_63c/proposed/

"Form EIA-63C will gather information on pellet fuel and other densified biomass fuel production, sales, and inventory levels by operators of U.S. pellet fuel manufacturing facilities. The data collected will be used to estimate densified biomass fuel consumption in the United States, as well as production, sales, and inventory at state, regional, and national levels. Comments are due by 03/02/2015."

NEEA's New Commercial Building Stock Assessment (CBSA)

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), Dec. 2014.
http://neea.org/resource-center/regional-data-resources/commercial-building-stock-assessment

"CBSA is a comprehensive assessment of energy efficiency that provides critical information about energy use in the Northwest’s commercial buildings. The CBSA database includes more than 250 variables for each site including building type and functional use, building size, detailed information about building envelope, fenestration, lighting and HVAC equipment."

Demand-Controlled Ventilation

Engineered Systems, Jan. 2015, by Paul Ehrlich.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96931-demand-controlled-ventilation

"The right design strategy can lead to safe, more efficient environments."

Assessing Favorability for CHP Deployment in Your State

ACEEE Blog, Jan. 8, 2015, by Meegan Kelly.
http://aceee.org/blog/2015/01/assessing-favorability-chp-deployment

"We think the CHP favorability index concept that we’ve presented here can be a useful tool for CHP developers, policymakers, and advocates to use in their discussions. It highlights states where policy changes can make a difference, and where they probably will not. We would be remiss if we did not mention, as a caveat, that both indices exclude certain economic considerations beyond energy prices that can also impact market favorability for CHP. However, the approach represents a start at visualizing the interplay between policies and economic factors influencing CHP deployment and gives us a new way of discussing this subject."

Multiple Benefits of Business-Sector Energy Efficiency: A Survey of Existing and Potential Measures

ACEEE, Jan. 2015, by Christopher Russell. (Need to register to view full-text.)
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/ie1501.pdf

"Businesses [large commercial, industrial, and institutional] that implement energy efficiency improvements often enjoy other benefits besides utility bill savings. However previous efforts to measure multiple benefits have been sporadic and far from rigorous. Still, evidence suggests that including non-energy impacts can reduce the payback time of some energy efficiency improvements by 50% or better. This report draws on expert interviews and a synthesis of existing literature to describe energy efficiency’s multiple benefits to business enterprises."

Will Liquid Cooling Solutions Save Energy? [Data Centers]

Engineered Systems, Jan. 2015, by Terry Rodgers and Vali Sorell.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96928-will-liquid-cooling-solutions-save-energy

"Many of the liquid cooling solutions hitting today’s market still require air-to-liquid heat exchangers that provide air cooling at the individual rack where the electronic equipment is housed. The IT hardware chassis include integral fans to move the cool air through the inside of the hardware chassis to move the heat from the electronics to the air within the cabinet (or rack). Technically, this is still air cooled hardware. We have reduced the range of cooling technologies available to five distinct scenarios, and then added three additional scenarios that are becoming available (though not widespread) at this time. These scenarios will each be analyzed individually to quantify what energy efficiencies (or inefficiencies) are inherent for each."

Growth in Employees and Demand for Green Construction

EcoBuilding Pulse, Dec. 29, 2014, by Katie Gloede.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/construction/growth-in-employees-and-demand-for-green-construction_o.aspx

"Between 2010 and 2011, the percent of construction employees working in green construction and services jumped from 7.0 to 8.9 percent, according to data recently released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics."

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