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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.

 


A Retrospective Analysis of the Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Jan. 2016.
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/retrospective-analysis-benefits-and

"This is the second in a series of reports exploring the costs, benefits, and other impacts of state renewable portfolio standards (RPS). This report focuses on the benefits and impacts of all state RPS programs, in aggregate, for the year 2013. Relying on a well-vetted set of methods, this report evaluates a number of important benefits and impacts in both physical and monetary terms, where possible, and characterizes key uncertainties."

Solar-Panel Installers Face Clouded Future

Wall Street Journal, Mar. 25, 2016, by Cassandra Sweet.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/solar-panel-installers-face-clouded-future-1458926502

"Many U.S. states are considering dialing back solar-power incentives amid growing pressure from local electric utilities, potentially dealing a blow to the companies that install home solar systems around the country."

The Ultimate Biomass Heating Package [in a School]

Biomass Magazine, Mar. 2016, by Ron Kotrba.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/12891/the-ultimate-biomass-heating-package

"Via a contractual arrangement unique to biomass heat in the U.S., Wilton, New Hampshire-based High Mowing School replaced fuel oil with a biomass district heating system from Xylogen."

Industry Prepares for U.S. Pump Efficiency Standards

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2016, by Mark Handzel.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/march-2016-industry-prepares-us-pump-efficiency-standards

"Manufacturers will need to adapt to new rules for clean-water pumps by 2020.

Navigating Energy Code Compliance For Metal Buildings

Insulation Outlook, Feb. 2016, by Hal Robbins.
http://www.insulationoutlook.com/io/article.cfm?id=IO160203

"Understanding and complying with today’s evolving energy codes and standards presents unique challenges for architects, designers, and builders of pre-engineered metal buildings.... In an effort to navigate (and hopefully simplify) energy code compliance, the intent of this article is to help specifiers determine code adoption status using web-based tools and to review various high R-Value/Low U-Factor insulation systems currently available for metal building roofs and walls that provide code compliant options."

Extend Asset Value by Applying Protective Coatings to Pump Wet Ends

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2016, by Stephen Bowditch.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/march-2016-extend-asset-value-applying-protective-coatings-pump-wet-ends

"This technology can improve pump maintenance programs by lowering operating costs through extended mean time between repairs."

Consumer Solar Checklist

Interstate Renewable Energy Council, 2016.
http://www.irecusa.org/consumer-protection/consumer-checklist/?utm_source=The+IREC+Report+April+2016&utm_campaign=The+IREC+Report+April+2016&utm_medium=email

"Using this checklist puts important information in your hands that you need to know before entering into a contract to install a solar system. It offers questions, considerations and protective measures that can help you get the answers you need to make informed decisions that can affect your bottom line – the safe and effective installation of a system that meets your expectations."

Follow These 10 Tips for Better Pump Efficiency

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2016, by Bill Davis.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/march-2016-follow-these-10-tips-better-pump-efficiency

"Properly sizing systems, utilizing well-trained operators and performing routine maintenance can help overcome day-t-day challenges.

How Much Does Energy Efficiency Cost?

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Mar. 2016.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/cost-of-ee.pdf

"Summarizes the results of studies by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ACEEE and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the cost of energy efficiency programs. Finds that energy efficiency is consistently a lowest cost option for meeting electric demand. One of the studies finds that the costs of energy efficiency have been level in recent years."

There Is No Such Thing as a Green Product

Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2016, by Trevor Zink & Roland Geyer.
http://ssir.org/articles/entry/there_is_no_such_thing_as_a_green_product

"Touting products like LEDs and recycled plastic packaging as “green” is misleading, because it fails to account for their effects on markets and consumer behavior and for the resulting environmental consequences. The authors offer what they say is a better approach: measuring the overall “net green” impact of the product."

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