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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.

 


Refrigerants in Transition: Impacts on HVAC-System Design

HPAC Engineering, Dec. 2016, by Ryan Geister.
http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/refrigerants-transition-impacts-hvac-system-design

"With the world’s attention increasingly focused on climate change, organizations are more attuned to carbon-footprint implications during the building-design process and the impacts buildings have on the environment. HVAC-system efficiency plays a crucial role in a building’s environmental impact. While it is important to choose equipment that delivers high-efficiency performance, it is even more critical to consider a building’s entire HVAC system during design."

The IoT Opens New Opportunities for Energy Efficient Buildings

Energy Manager Today, Jan. 10, 2017, by Carl Weinschenk.
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/iot-opens-new-opportunities-energy-efficient-buildings-0129646/

"The great potential for the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve energy efficiency in buildings was illustrated during the past week by an introduction and an investment. The problem addressed by the introduction is that the IoT is being deployed before interoperability and other standards and protocols are fully developed and in place. This means that the system – which even under the best of conditions will be monstrously complex and sophisticated – could devolve into islands of disconnected functionality. In such a future, the IoT would be of limited use – and may even be an overall detriment."

Boiler Tune-Up Cuts J.H. Baxter’s Annual Energy Costs By An Estimated $21,100

Energy Trust Blog, Jan. 5, 2017.
https://blog.energytrust.org/boiler-tune-cuts-j-h-baxters-annual-energy-costs-estimated-21100

"A Kewanee steam boiler is the backbone of J.H. Baxter & Co.’s wood-treatment facility in Eugene [Oregon]. But over time, the boiler’s fire tubes built up a layer of soot that decreased efficiency. The solution was a simple boiler tune-up that boosted efficiency by 8.5 percent, saving more than 41,000 therms per year. Not only did the project cut the facility’s annual energy costs by an estimated $21,100—90 percent of the cost of the tune-up was paid for through Energy Trust of Oregon’s 90 by 90 industrial operations and maintenance offer."

Battery-Based Energy Storage: The Renewable Power Proliferation Enabler

Renewable Energy Focus, Nov/Dec 2016, by David Blood. - scroll to pages 237-238.
http://www.e-ditionsbyfry.com/olive/ODN/RRF/Default.aspx?href=RRF/2016/11/01

"David Blood takes a look at the energy storage systems market and explores why they are so integral to renewable energy generation. Energy storage systems (ESS) are growing in importance as renewable energy sources like wind power, wave power and solar are being commissioned and connected to the grid at an ever-increasing rate. Energy Storage Systems are needed to help the grid deal with the instability and unpredictability of such power generation systems and match them to equally variable consumer demand."

How To Calculate Life-Cycle Costs and Justify Energy Efficient HVAC Upgrades

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2017, by Conrad Kelso and Phil Lebrun.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/hvac/article/How-To-Calculate-Life-Cycle-Costs-and-Justify-Energy-Efficient-HVAC-Upgrades--16971

"...a three-part article on how determining long-term costs can make energy efficiency more attractive to upper managers."

Reducing Data Center Energy Use Means Focusing on PUE, Air Flow, LEED

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2017, by David Lewellen.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/datacenters/article/Reducing-Data-Center-Energy-Use-Means-Focusing-on-PUE-Air-Flow-LEED---16968

"...a three-part article on how to make critical facilities more energy efficient."

Energy Efficiency Jobs in America: A Comprehensive Analysis of Energy Efficiency Employment Across All 50 states

Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) & E4TheFuture, Dec. 2016.
http://www.e2.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/EnergyEfficiencyJobsInAmerica_FINAL.pdf

"This analysis finds that most energy efficiency workers are at small companies with 25 or fewer employees. Forty percent of energy efficiency companies focus on installation, while another 26 percent are in trade and distribution. The remaining firms are in professional services, engineering and research, and other categories. The majority say they depend on the energy efficiency market for at least half of their revenue."

See data by State in Appendix:
Washington - pp. 116-117
Oregon - pp. 96-97
Idaho - pp. 48-49

Growing Energy Efficiency and How We Measure It

Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Jan. 3, 2017, by Tina Jayaweera.
http://www.nwcouncil.org/news/blog/ee-baseline/

 "Since 1978, the Pacific Northwest has successfully saved 6,000 average megawatts of electricity, and energy efficiency is now our second largest resource after hydropower. But, how do we know it’s grown that much? To begin with, to measure growth, you have to start with a fixed point. For the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, when we estimate the energy-efficiency potential for the region, we use a “frozen efficiency baseline” as our starting point. And the baseline is based on the efficiency of products available today."


Northwest Carbon Footprint Is Low and Getting Lower

Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Dec. 21, 2016, by Gillian Charles.
http://www.nwcouncil.org/news/blog/carbon-emissions/

"Regional emissions from carbon dioxide down slightly from 2013, 2014."

New Report: States with Strong Domestic Clean Energy Choices are Creating Jobs and Economic Growth

Retail Industry Leaders Association and the Information Technology Industry Council, Jan. 10, 2017.
https://www.rila.org/news/topnews/Pages/New-Report-States-with-Strong-Domestic-Clean-Energy-Choices-are-Creating-Jobs-and-Economic-Growth.aspx

"A groundbreaking study [The Corporate Clean Energy Procurement Index: State Leadership & Rankingsundertaken for the first time and jointly released today by the nation's retail and technology industries concludes that states that are investing in clean domestic energy production are also the most likely to attract businesses, creating thousands of jobs in their communities. The new analysis, released today by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) ranks all 50 U.S. states for the first time, based on the ease with which America's most recognizable brands can procure domestic renewable energy such as solar and wind for their operations."

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