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Energy Newsbriefs Blog

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.


13 Questions Define CMMS Success

Maintenance Technology, Sep. 2015, by Jane Alexander.

"Computerized maintenance management systems will deliver as advertised, but must be properly configured."

Battery Storage Ready for Prime Time in Commercial Facilities

Building Operating Management, Sep. 2015, by Naomi Millán.

An article in 3-parts:
1) Understanding the Revolution in Energy Storage
2) Energy Storage Applications
3) Pairing Solar Power with Energy Storage

"Facility managers are no strangers to the concept of energy storage at their facilities. Most any facility of size has a UPS with a bank of lead acid batteries to carry the critical load for the few minutes it takes the generator to kick on. It has been a vital, if humdrum, system. But now there has been a revolution in the world of energy storage, and the commercial market is poised for explosive growth in the adoption of energy storage systems behind the meter. This growth is driven by a variety of factors, such as plummeting hardware costs and skyrocketing demand charges."

Energy Monitoring: Real-Time, Real Smart

Building Operating Management, Sep. 2015, by Greg Zimmerman.

3-part article:
1) Using and Managing Energy Monitoring Data
2) Quick Response to Energy Waste, Quick ROI Among Benefits
3) Bringing Energy Understanding to Occupants, Tenants

Standby Power: Generating Answers

Engineered Systems, Sep. 2015, by Tom Faucette and Sara Lappano.

"As terms like big data, business resiliency, and the “internet of things” enter our lexicon, the availability of power has evolved as one of the hottest topics in facility management and engineering. When discussing the uptime of an electrical system, the conversation starts with the utility company and then almost immediately goes to on-site generation. Depending on your building type and loads, on-site generation facilities can take on many different topologies and sources. We are going to focus on generators, using both natural gas and diesel generators and how to successfully determine which fuel type and system topology makes sense for different facility and load types."

Chiller Retrofit: Cooler In Columbia [SC]

Engineered Systems, Sep. 2015, by Dan Reider.

"This chiller plant retrofit team encountered challenging existing conditions and answered with savvy choices for piping and valves as well as the chillers. Good communication, accurate documentation, and a creative bidding idea you might want to borrow also contributed to bringing the mechanical work in effectively and on budget."

Replacing The "Engine" On Your Boiler System

Engineered Systems, Sep. 2015, by Ray Wohlfarth.

"Pumps, flues, valves, sizing, maintenance... there's a lot more to consider than just the boiler. Keep the car metaphor in mind, and your next replacement might not drive you to despair."

Energy Department Announces $70 Million for Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing

U.S. Department of Energy, Sep. 16, 2015.

"The Department of Energy is announcing up to $70 million in funding for the next Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which will be focused on smart manufacturing. With this investment, the Department aims to support research and development advancements that can reduce the cost of deployment for technologies such as advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling for manufacturing by as much as 50 percent."

Proof of Concept: Community Solar is Ready to Soar Despite Complications

Solar Industry, Sep. 2015, by Sara E. Bergan and Andrew P. Moratzka.

"Minnesota's turmoil over solar gardens provides a laboratory for handling similar efforts across the U.S."

The Economics of Battery Energy Storage

Rocky Mountain Institute, Oct. 2015, Garrett Fitzgerald, and others.

"Much attention has been paid to batteries' impressive cost declines. But this new RMI report shifts the focus to the other important half of the battery equation: value. It shows how customer-sited, multi-use batteries can deliver more services and generate more value for customers and the grid, making batteries cost effective today."

Enhancing Community Resilience through Energy

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Oct. 2015, by  David Ribeiro, and others.

" This report discusses ways in which energy efficiency can increase the resilience of energy systems and the communities they serve. It reviews the resilience-related benefits of efficiency measures, discusses the incorporation of efficiency into resilience planning, and presents four case studies showing how local governments and utilities can leverage energy efficiency to increase the resilience of their communities."


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