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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.

 


Pre-Screening Unlocks Savings Potential in Large Pump Systems

Pumps & Systems, Sep. 2014, by Ray Hardee.
http://www.pump-zone.com/pumps/september-2014-pre-screening-unlocks-savings-potential-large-pump-systems

"When facilities—whether paper mills, refineries, or chemical or waste treatment plants—decide to implement pump system improvements, the first question is always the same: Where to begin? This month’s column looks at the pre-screening process, when plant management teams decide which system to tackle first. The pre-screening process quickly identifies which pump system has a high probability of improving plant operations, reducing total cost and increasing system uptime."

Stay in Control: Specifying Building Automation Systems for Cost Savings

The Construction Specifier, Sep. 2014, by Kevin Callahan.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/stay-in-control-specifying-building-automation-systems-for-cost-savings/

"In the same way today’s mobile phones have capabilities far beyond traditional telephones, modern building automation systems (BAS) have added many benefits transcending their original roots in heating and cooling control. Today’s BAS help facility professionals obtain greater efficiencies from numerous building systems, including:
  • lighting;
  • security/access control;
  • fire and life safety;
  • elevators and escalators;
  • irrigation; and
  • HVAC.

An appropriately equipped BAS can also meet specialized needs such as emergency and critical systems monitoring in hospitals, and tenant billing for leased spaces in office buildings."


Making the Grade: Assessing U.S. [Wind] Policy

North American Windpower, Aug. 2014, by Mark Del Franco.
http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW1408/FEAT_02_Making-The-Grade-Assessing-U.S.-Policy.html

"Industry stakeholders help review several state and federal policy decisions and the potential impacts on wind power."

Includes:
  1. EPA's Clean Power Plan
  2. Ohio's Double Whammy
  3. Master Limited Partnerships
  4. Wind PTC

Variable Volume DOAS Fan-Powered Terminal Unit

ASHRAE Journal, Aug. 2014, by Dan Int-Hout. [Choose Download or Save.]
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2014Aug_070-073_HVACapps_Int-Hout.pdf

"Today’s design engineers face a series of complex decisions in an effort to reduce energy consumption and maintain comfort, all while meeting a variety of codes and standards. One option that seems to satisfy all these requirements is a DOAS [dedicated outdoor air system] fan-powered terminal unit. Its combination of a variable speed ECM fan, large sensible cooling coil, and small DOAS primary air valve allows for the widest possible range of operational strategies that both minimize energy and maximize ventilation control."


Cheese Factory: Biogas Heats Production

ASHRAE Journal, Aug. 2014, by Gheorghe Mihalache. [Select Download or Save]
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2014Aug_080-085_TechAward_Mihalache.pdf

A 2014 ASHRAE Technology Award Case Study: 1st Place, Industrial Facilities or Processing Existing.

"The Fromagerie des Basques family cheese factory in Trois Pistoles, Quebec, Canada, transforms about 800,000 gallons (3 million L) of milk into cheese each year.... In 2011, a project was developed that included building a mechanical room, constructing a treatment plant to turn whey and white water into biogas to produce heat for cheese production, and modifying the high-temperature, short-time pasteurizer to use rejected heat to preheat milk. The projects reduced the amount of heating oil used by 64%, even with the addition of several buildings increasing the total square footage by 8,100 ft2 (753 m2)."  

Government Works: Federal Agency Actions on Energy Efficiency

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Sep. 2014, by Lowell W. Ungar, and others.
http://aceee.org/white-paper/government-works

An ACEEE White Paper: 
"Federal agency actions on energy efficiency under existing legislative authority are saving consumers money, creating jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and reducing oil use and imports. In this paper we examined four sets of recent and prospective agency actions on energy efficiency: appliance standards, vehicle standards, power plant emissions standards, and select housing policies."

Energy Efficiency Can Negatively Impact Public Health

Scientific American - Plugged In Blog, Sep. 10, 2014, by Melissa C. Lott.
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/2014/09/10/energy-efficiency-can-have-negative-impacts-on-public-health/

"Some energy efficiency improvements could cost lives by increasing indoor radon exposure and the resulting risk of developing lung cancer.  According to an article in the British Medical Journal, energy efficiency improvements could reduce home energy use and greenhouse gas emissions (which could lead to many health benefits). But, improvements that decrease air exchange rates lead to elevated exposure to indoor pollutants, including radon."

The Fine Art of Making Energy Visible

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2014, by Mark Scott Lavin.
http://www.distributedenergy.com/DE/Editorial/The_Fine_Art_of_Making_
/Energy_Visible_26497.aspx


"One of the boldest experiments in energy efficiency collaboration in the US is now well underway in Vermont, where cold winters and other factors drive some of the highest energy costs in the country. It’s spearheaded by a new kind of utility known as Efficiency Vermont and run by the non-profit Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). This new utility is the first of its kind, though similar initiatives have emerged in Oregon, Washington DC, and the Ohio region. Efficiency Vermont provides electricity to stakeholders, not by building power plants, but by helping existing consumers use less energy and use it wisely."

Minimizing Risks with Solar Roofs

The Construction Specifier, Aug. 2014, by Michael Russo.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/minimizing-risks-with-solar-roofs/

"Commercial rooftops are an attractive platform for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity-producing systems. These low-slope roofs offer an economical and sustainable structural foundation for renewable solar energy."

Green Healthcare: Energy Efficiency

Building Operating Management, Aug. 2014, by Greg Zimmerman.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/healthcarefacilities/article/Data-Helps-Sell-Energy-Efficiency-Efforts-In-Healthcare-Facilities--15183

"As hospitals compete more and more aggressively for patients, facility managers are finding themselves in fiercer competition for funds. That's because, often, senior managers decide purchasing a new linear accelerator or MRI machine might be better for recruiting new patients than, say, buying an energy efficient chiller. So it's incumbent upon facility managers to make their voices heard — to keep sustainability in general but energy efficiency specifically top of mind as an organizational priority."

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