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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.

 


Teaching the Arithmetic of Deep Retrofit Value

Rocky Mountain Institute, July 28, 2015, by David Labrador.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2015_07_28_the_arithmetic_of_deep_retrofit_value

"Does it make business sense to do a deep energy retrofit on a commercial building? Many investors currently overlook the retrofit’s value beyond its energy cost savings, but now their asset managers will be able to do a more complete calculation and paint a fuller picture of a retrofit’s value. Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) have partnered to create a series of online courses that debuted this month."

Enduring Summer’s Deep Freeze

New York Times, July 4, 2015, by Kate Murphy.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/05/sunday-review/enduring-summers-deep-freeze.html

"Why is America so over air-conditioned? It seems absurd, if not unconscionable, when you consider the money and energy wasted — not to mention the negative impact on the environment from the associated greenhouse-gas emissions. Architects, engineers, building owners and energy experts sigh with exasperation when asked for an explanation. They tick off a number of reasons — probably the most vexing is cultural."

ACEEE Presents Four 2015 Champion of Energy Efficiency in Industry Awards

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Aug. 6, 2015, Patrick Kiker.
http://aceee.org/press/2015/08/aceee-presents-four-2015-champion

"The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) presented four Champion of Energy Efficiency Awards last night at its Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry. The awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the industrial energy efficiency field. Winners are selected based on demonstrated excellence in industrial leadership, lifetime achievement, research and development, implementation and deployment, or energy policy."

Addressing the Energy-Intensive Marijuana Industry in Oregon

Energy Efficiency Markets, July 28, 2015, by Lisa Cohn.
http://energyefficiencymarkets.com/addressing-energy-intensive-marijuana-industry/

"With recreational marijuana now legal in the state of Oregon, there’s growing interest in how to address the energy-intensive marijuana industry. Until the state works out the details of a law — effective July 1 — legalizing recreational marijuana, it is now only legal to grow medical marijuana in Oregon.  But there’s concern that once the industry gears up later this year, the growers will draw large amounts of energy. In fact, an article in a Portland paper, the Portland Business Journal, asked, 'Is it Time for LEED Weed?'"

NASEO Releases Working Paper on Least Cost, Energy Efficiency Approaches to Address EPA's Clean Power Plan

National Association of  State Energy Officials (NASEO), July 31, 2015.
http://www.naseo.org/news-article?NewsID=755

"On July 31, 2015, NASEO released its working paper “Energy Efficiency Strategies for Clean Power Plan Compliance: Approaches and Selected Case Studies” to support state consideration of “no regrets” and often least-cost energy efficiency strategies for prospective Clean Power Plan (CPP) compliance.  While NASEO has not taken a position on the CPP, we are working to ensure states are given wide flexibility in addressing key reliability, affordability, and other state imperatives. Energy efficiency approaches offer among the most cost-effective means to meet both air quality and energy goals, while also supporting energy system reliability.

The NASEO paper discusses the case for energy efficiency and explores some high-level issues of state compliance strategy
."

Clean Power Plan Toolbox for States

Environmental Protection Agency, Aug. 4, 2015.
http://www2.epa.gov/cleanpowerplantoolbox

"Resources to help develop state plans: As co-regulators, states will develop plans to meet the guidelines in the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The federal resources below provide information on state plan development and can help states determine the most cost-effective approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. Please note that inclusion of a measure in the toolbox does not mean that a state plan must include that measure. In addition, inclusion of these measures does not necessarily imply the approvability of an approach or method for use in a state plan. States will need to demonstrate that any measure included in a state plan meets all relevant criteria and adequately addresses elements of the plan components."

EPA Releases Clean Power Plan

The National Law Review, Aug. 4, 2015., by Stephen L. Miller, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC.
http://www.natlawreview.com/article/epa-releases-clean-power-plan

"On August 3, 2015, President Obama and EPA Administrator McCarthy released the agency’s Clean Power Plan, regulations designed to significantly reduce CO2 emissions from power plants, as well as promoting low-emitting power sources and energy efficiency. These sweeping new rules may revolutionize the nation’s power generation system, and will be challenged vigorously in federal court."

Includes links to the Plan, as well as other related fact sheets and key documents.

Is a VFD a Cost-Effective Option for Your Application?

Pumps & Systems, July 2015, by Mark Berube.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/motors/july-2015-vfd-cost-effective-option-your-application

"While variable frequency drive (VFD) technology can significantly increase system efficiency by controlling pump speed, not every application requires a VFD. To determine when to apply this technology, end users must conduct detailed calculations to verify the cost-effectiveness of using a VFD."

Are Your HVAC Controls Helping or Hurting?

Buildings, Aug. 1, 2015, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19188/title/are-your-hvac-controls-helping-or-hurting.aspx

"Sophisticated controls can be a great way to boost the energy efficiency of your HVAC system, but if they’re not installed properly or used correctly, you may end up wasting energy without realizing it."

10 Key Facts About Reciprocating Pumps

Pumps & Systems, July 2015, by Gary Dyson and Herb Tackett Jr.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/reciprocating-pumps/july-2015-10-key-facts-about-reciprocating-pumps

"While centrifugal pumps are the subject of much training, the dwindling population of reciprocating pumps has led to a loss of understanding of this pump type's unique system design requirements. Centrifugal pump specifications are now commonly and incorrectly applied to reciprocating pumps, which can lead to significant reliability problems. End users should consider these 10 key facts about reciprocating pumps that can influence reliability and operation."

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