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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.

 


The CPUC Issues a Pivotal Ruling on Net Energy Metering

Solar Today, Spring 2016, by Jerry R. Bloom and Christine Kolosov.
http://solartoday.org/2016/05/the-cpuc-issues-a-pivotal-ruling-on-net-energy-metering/

"On February 5, 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued its “Decision Adopting Successor to Net Energy Metering Tariff,” which preserves retail net metering in the service territories of California’s investor owned utilities (IOUs) and implements significant changes regarding eligible generation facility size, customer fees and rate structures."

How CHP Gets Going

On-Site Energy Management, Mar/Apr. 2016, by Tom Bryan.
http://www.onsiteenergymanager.com/articles/4823/how-chp-gets-going

"In regional markets with high spark spreads, assessing the viability of combined heat and power projects begins with a few simple questions about hot water. If the conditions are right, cogen is a good investment with multiple pathways to completion."

Why Turndown Is a Vital Part of Metering Pump Efficiency

Pumps & Systems, May 2016, by Jim Carling & J. Coogan Cameron.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/may-2016-why-turndown-vital-part-metering-pump-efficiency

"Whether at a municipal water treatment facility, a petrochemical plant or an offshore platform, operations that use chemicals for processing, treatment and production enhancement seek to increase efficiency and save money. Meaningful savings can result from ensuring that the chemicals used are not wasted. A good way to deliver these efficiencies is to properly leverage the turndown capabilities of metering pumps."

Choose the Most Reliable Pump Type for Your Application

Pumps & Systems, May 2016, by Lev Nelik.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/may-2016-choose-most-reliable-pump-type-your-application

"There is a common question I hear from groups: 'What is the most reliable pump we should use?' While this question may sound too general and perhaps impossible to answer because of a diverse range of application, the answer is actually not impossible."

How Targeted Demand Management Can Reduce the Need for New Investments in Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure

Comverge, Inc., 2016. 
http://www.comverge.com/comverge/media/pdf/Position%20Papers/Targeted-Demand-Management-Position-Paper.pdf

"Traditionally deployed across an electric utility’s entire service territory, demand response has most often been leveraged as a cost-effective substitute for peaking generation to ensure reliability when system demand is highest. Today, it is playing an expanded role in keeping rates low and lights on. Many utilities are beginning to look at geographically targeted demand response deployments as cost-effective alternatives to transmission and distribution infrastructure upgrades for local reliability. ...The model is called 'targeted demand management,' and it’s forging ahead in states such as New York and California."


U.S. Microgrid Market Development

Power Magazine, May 2016, by Gail Reitenbach.
http://www.powermag.com/u-s-microgrid-market-development/

"Microgrids have been around for decades, but today, more potential customers, owners, technologies, and vendors than ever are part of the market. Increased interest in this special grid resource means there’s more competition, which is generally a good thing, but there are also new challenges."

How Are Distributed Energy Resources Affecting Transmission System Operators?

Power Magazine, May 2016, by Aaron Larson.
http://www.powermag.com/distributed-energy-resources-affecting-transmission-system-operators/

"Distributed energy resources (DERs) may be a competitive concern for traditional electric generators, but for independent system operators, DERs offer both benefits and challenges. Here’s what POWER learned about how system operators are responding to DERs."

Energy Efficiency in Commercial Tenant Spaces - A Feasibility Study

U.S. Department of Energy, Apr. 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/downloads/energy-efficiency-separate-tenant-spaces-feasibility-study

"While commercial building owners generally have control over building systems and operations, tenants play a critical role in achieving lasting reductions in energy intensity. In recognition of this collaborative role, the Department of Energy has studied the feasibility of improving energy efficiency in tenant spaces. This study finds significant potential to improve energy efficiency during the design and construction of tenant spaces and describes several possible steps to encourage owners and tenants to improve the efficiency of those spaces."

How’d They Do It? Montpelier [VT] Team Slashes [Wastewater] Plant Energy Use

Treatment Plant Operator, May 2016, by Doug Day.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2016/05/howd_they_do_it_montpelier_team_slashes_plant_energy_use

"By refusing to be satisfied with established practices, the plant team in Vermont’s capital has slashed energy use and helped the city toward its net zero goal."

New Cogen System Triples Energy Output from Biogas at Oregon WWTP

Biomass Magazine, May 2015, by Katie Fletcher.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/13229/new-cogen-system-triples-energy-output-from-biogas-at-oregon-wwtp

"On May 4, Clean Water Services, Energy Trust of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Energy formally announced the implementation of a new cogeneration system that converts wastewater and grease into renewable energy. The innovative system, which is part of Clean Water Services Durham Treatment Facility, is the third cogeneration system in Oregon to codigest fats, oils and grease (FOG)."

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