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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.

 


Trends in the Program Administrator Cost of Saving Electricity for Utility Customer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Jan. 2017, by Ian M. Hoffman, Greg Leventis, and Charles A. Goldman.
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/trends-program-administrator-cost/

"This technical brief presents trends in the cost of saved electricity for energy efficiency programs between 2009 and 2013. We collected and analyzed more than 5,400 program years of data collected in 36 states from 78 administrators of programs funded by customers of investor-owned utilities. These administrators provide efficiency programs to customers of investor-owned utilities that serve about half of total U.S. electricity load."

LEDs in Yerba Buena’s Vegetative Room Deliver a 9-Month Payback

Energy Trust Blog, Jan. 4, 2017.
https://blog.energytrust.org/leds-yerba-buenas-vegetative-room-deliver-9-month-payback/

"Yerba Buena, a CleanGreen™ Certified cannabis grower in Hillsboro [Oregon], prides itself on being a good steward of the Earth. Part of the company’s commitment to energy conservation involves looking for ways to reduce energy use. In an industry known for energy intensity, Yerba Buena became one of the first recreational cannabis growers to take advantage of Energy Trust’s technical assistance and cash incentives when the company replaced T5 fluorescent lighting in its vegetative room with tubular LEDs."

Energy Efficiency Market Report 2016

International Energy Agency (IEA), 2016.
https://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/energy-efficiency-market-report-2016.html

"Often called the "first fuel" of the global energy system, energy efficiency is one of the most important steps that any government can take to move towards a sustainable energy system.. To check on the progress made on this front, the IEA Energy Efficiency Market Report tracks the core indicators of energy efficiency. This year, the report takes a new approach and expands the scope of analysis by examining the drivers of energy efficiency programmes in emerging economies, as well as the impact of those policies."

Biomass Test Delayed at Boardman Coal Plant

East Oregonian, Dec. 30, 2016, by George Plaven.
http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/local-news/20161230/biomass-experiment-delayed-at-boardman-coal-plant

"Portland General Electric had planned to conduct a full-day test burn at the plant using nothing but woody debris by the end of December. However, as winter weather had Oregonians cranking up the heat, PGE needed all resources on deck to keep up with the surge in electricity demand."

Predictions 2017: What the New Year Will Bring For Demand-Side Management

Utility Dive, Jan. 5, 2017, by Krysti Shallenberger.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/predictions-2017-what-the-new-year-will-bring-for-demand-side-management/433332/

"As we prepare for a new legislative and regulatory landscape, several industry insiders offered up predictions for coming trends in the utility sector. For demand response, these trends span the spectrum of home energy management to energy efficiency standards for marijuana growers."

Energy Professionals Invited To Amp Up EE Literacy With Videos, E-Course

Bonneville Power Administration Newsroom, Dec. 14, 2016.
https://www.bpa.gov/news/newsroom/Pages/Energy-professionals-invited-to-amp-up-EE-literacy-with-videos-e-course.aspx

"There’s energy efficiency and there’s intellectual efficiency. And at the intersection of EE and e-learning lies Conduit ED. The program, which began in 2015, offers e-courses that are akin to a “10-minute university” or TED Talk. They’re available on Conduitnw.org, an online community for energy efficiency professionals launched by BPA and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance in 2011. The e-courses are free of charge and available 24/7 to utility professionals wishing to quickly advance their understanding of a foundational area of BPA’s mission and identity with a minimum of effort."

Energy Performance Comparison of Fans with Variable Speed Drives

ASHRAE Journal, Nov. 2016, by Armin Hauer.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2016Nov_052-059_Hauer.pdf

"Highly efficient air systems require precise fan selection and a method to adjust the fan performance to the Load. Fan supplier applications engineers are experienced in identifying the most suitable fan type and fan size for a specified application, whether the fan duty is fixed or continuously variable. Manufacturer-certified performance and electrical power consumption data support competitive performance contracts and ensure minimum energy consumption."


How City Trucks in Manteca, California Could Run On Food Waste

Treatment Plant Operator, Dec. 2016, by David Steinkraus.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2016/12/how_city_trucks_in_manteca
_california_could_run_on_food_waste


"A California city gears up for a biogas production project that will convert food waste from schools and businesses into clean gas for vehicles."

U.S. Department of Energy Cabinet Exit Memo

U.S. DOE Press Release, Jan. 5, 2016, Secretary Ernest Moniz.
https://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2017/01/f34/Department%20of%20Energy%20Cabinet%20Exit%20Memo.pdf

"The Department of Energy (DOE) is responsible for advancing the energy, environmental, and nuclear security of the United States; promoting scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; sponsoring basic research in the physical sciences; and ensuring the environmental cleanup of  the nation’s nuclear weapons complex. The DOE enterprise has 64 sites across 29 states and the District of Columbia, including 17 National Laboratories that form a critical part of America’s research enterprise. During the eight years of the Obama Administration, DOE has delivered on its mission. The results have included dramatic growth in clean energy jobs, vital progress on securing and diminishing the amount of nuclear material globally, and major scientific and technological (S&T) discoveries."

Advanced Storage Battery Technology – Providing a Foundation For the New Energy Paradigm

North American Clean Energy, Nov/Dec 2016, by Jim Petersen.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/24810/advanced-storage-battery-technology-providing-a-foundation-for-the-new-energy-paradigm

"The burgeoning energy storage market is being driven by improved energy efficiency, the declining cost of solar equipment, and higher capacity energy storage made possible by improved battery technology, such as lithium ion. This creates a huge benefit to consumers of electric power, especially with federal incentives covering up to 30 percent of the total system cost."

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