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The WSU Energy Program Library prepares this current awareness blog with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. These articles highlight energy-related news, articles, and reports about energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy for energy professionals and interested members of the public.


Smart Manufacturing Improves Energy Efficiency

American Machinist, Apr. 12, 2017, by Megan Ray Nichols.
http://americanmachinist.com/automation/smart-manufacturing-improves-energy-efficiency

"Most of us understand how Smart Manufacturing can improve operational efficiency across the board. What many manufacturers don't consider is the resulting improvement in energy efficiency that also can be achieved. Not only is this next-gen approach to production planning and execution leading to heightened productivity and output, but it's also paving the way for “greener” operations in the near future."

[CEE] Report: Efficiency, Demand Response Spending Continues to Rise, Nears $9B

Utility Dive, Apr. 5, 2017, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/report-efficiency-demand-response-spending-continues-to-rise-nears-9b/439566/

"Utilities continue to recognize the value of conservation and are spending more than ever on demand side management programs, with the bulk of that going into energy efficiency, according to a new report from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). [Their] 11th Annual Industry Report finds energy efficiency and demand response program spending reached $8.7 billion in 2015, up 1% from 2014 levels. About 15% of the spending went towards natural gas programs, with the remainder on the electric side."

Renewable Energy and Microgrids Offer Colleges a Path to Cutting Carbon: Report

Microgrid Knowledge, Mar. 27, 2017, by Lisa Cohn.
http://microgridknowledge.com/renewable-energy-and-microgrids-report/

"It’s no secret that colleges and universities are some of the biggest microgrid users. But a new report says we should see more renewable energy and microgrids at these institutions. The report, from Environment America Research & Policy Center, 'Renewable Energy 100: The Course to a Carbon-Free Campus,' says that the shift to 100 percent renewable energy can be led by colleges and universities eager to become carbon neutral."

The Top 5 States for Utility Grid Modernization and Business Model Reform

Utility Dive, Apr. 3, 2017, by Krysti Shallenberger.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/the-top-5-states-for-utility-grid-modernization-and-business-model-reform/439550/

"From expansive sector redesigns to step-by-step DER [Distributed Energy Resources] dockets, states across the nation are rethinking grid operations and revenues"

Motor Control Centers Enhance Smart Pumping Systems

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2017, by Glynn Newby.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/motors-instrumentationcontrols/march-2017-motor-control-centers-enhance-smart-pumping-systems

"Modern motor control technologies have surfaced that address evolving smart pumping system requirements. They protect pumping systems by simultaneously providing a new level of diagnostics, energy awareness and control, as well as by enhancing operator safety."

Legal-Weed Buzz Fades For Utilities

Bloomberg News, Mar. 30, 2017, by Chris Martin.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-30/a-buzzkill-for-utilities-high-on-hope-for-legal-weed-power-surge

"With local restrictions on marijuana easing across the U.S., power suppliers from California to Maine were expecting a little buzz of their own from newly legitimate pot farmers. After all, a 5,000-square-foot warehouse filled with hydroponic growing systems can draw five times the electricity of a typical industrial user. But after an initial jolt in electricity use, when western states began legalizing marijuana cultivation and sales, demand has fallen off in some areas, according to utilities and analysts."

Smart Manufacturing Must Embrace Big Data

Nature Comment, Apr. 5, 2017, by Andrew Kusiak.
http://www.nature.com/news/smart-manufacturing-must-embrace-big-data-1.21760

"Study and model industrial processes to save money, energy and materials, urges Andrew Kusiak."


Why Rate Design Matters for Energy Efficiency

ACEEE Blog, Mar. 22, 2017, by Brendon Baatz.
http://aceee.org/blog/2017/03/why-rate-design-matters-energy

"Today, most American households pay for electric service via a two-part electric rate. This typically consists of a small, fixed customer charge ($ per month) and an energy rate applied per unit of electricity ($ per kilowatt hour). There are some variations on this model, including energy rates that vary based on time of day or total monthly consumption, but the basic structure of residential rates hasn’t changed much over time. In recent years, utilities have proposed significant departures to this format to address the changing dynamics of the electric utility industry."

Optimize Pumps with Digital Data

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2017, by David Drake.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps-pumps/march-2017-optimize-pumps-digital-data

"The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a wave of innovation that turns machinery into intelligent equipment through cloud-networked sensors and software. IIoT has the potential to become one of the biggest drivers of global productivity in the next decade as machines, technology and humans further integrate and unleash an unprecedented level of efficiency. The pump sector is well-positioned to reap the rewards of what many are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution."

Lithium-Sulfur: The Next Energy Storage Superstar?

Distributed Generation , Mar. 2017, by Laura Sanchez.
http://foresternetwork.com/weekly/distributed-energy-weekly/lithium-sulphur-the-next-energy-storage-superstar/

"Lithium-ion batteries power many modern devices from cell phones, to cars, laptops, and a multitude of portable electronics.  But their power density is less than ideal. And there appears to be another, perhaps more promising energy storage option on the horizon: lithium-sulfur batteries."

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