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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.

 


How Energy Recovery Impacts IEQ

Buildings, May 2015, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18838/title/how-energy-recovery-impacts-ieq.aspx?topic=410

"Energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) are a popular choice for fresh air ventilation, as they allow users to precondition the temperature and humidity of outdoor air using the waste energy from building exhaust. Not only does the fresh air and consistent temperature improve IEQ, the use of exhaust for conditioning reduces the mechanical heating and cooling load to save energy and money. Your occupants could likely benefit from a breath of fresh air – but is an ERV the way to accomplish that? Evaluate this technology for your facility below."

Dubuque [IA] Resource Recovery Facility Keeps It Sustainable

Treatment Plant Operator, June 2015, by Doug Day.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2015/06/dubuque_resource_recovery_
facility_keeps_it_sustainable


"An Iowa city’s $38 million [wastewater treatment] facility renovation includes combined heat and power, biosolids reuse, effluent heat recovery, water-saving landscaping, and more."

Solar-Ready Homes are Lean, Green and Seen

Solar Industry, May 2015, by Erin Clark.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1505/FEAT_03_Solar-Ready-Homes-Are-Lean-Green-And-Seen.html

"Regulations, incentives and home buyers are pushing builders to incorporate solar as a standard feature."

Denver Authority Lets Solar Shine on Affordable Housing

Solar Industry, May 2015, by Victoria Mills.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1505/FEAT_01_Denver-Authority-Lets-Solar-Shine-On-Affordable-Housing.html

"City authority opens up solar benefits to low-income families through a program of retrofits and new builds."

Facility Focus: Large Retailers Increasingly Ready to Tackle Energy Efficiency

Business Energy, May 2015, by Dan Rafter.
http://digital.businessenergy.net/publication/index.php?i=-254619&m=4119&l=1&p=10&pre=#{"page":10,"issue_id":254619
}

"Manufacturers are meeting the challenges of clients with large building portfolios and varied store hours."

Choosing Tankless: When and Where the Newer Tankless Water Heaters Work Best

Business Energy, May 2015, by Carol Brzozowski.
http://digital.businessenergy.net/publication/?i=254619&ver=html5&p=44#{}

"When it's time to replace a water heater--or put one into a newly constructed building--facility managers can choose between the traditional storage tank heater or tankless."

A Survey of State and Local PV Program Response to Financial Innovation and Disparate Federal Tax Treatment in the Residential PV Sector

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LBNL-181290, June 2015, by Mark Bolinger and Edward Holt.
http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-181290.pdf

"High up-front costs and a lack of financing options have historically been the primary barriers to the adoption of photovoltaics (PV) in the residential sector. State clean energy funds, which emerged in a number of states from the restructuring of the electricity industry in the mid-to-late 1990s, have for many years attempted to overcome these barriers through PV incentive and, in some cases, loan programs. While these programs (incentive programs in particular) have been popular, the residential PV market in the United States only started to achieve significant scale in the last five years – driven in large part by an initial wave of financial innovation that led to the rise of third-party ownership."

 

U.S. DOE Determination Regarding Energy Efficiency Improvements in the 2015 IECC

U.S. Department of Energy, Building Energy Codes Program, May 2015.
http://www.energycodes.gov/determinations#tabs-2

"In May, 2015, DOE issued a determination that the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) would achieve greater energy efficiency in residential buildings subject to the code. DOE estimates national savings in residential buildings of approximately:
  • 0.73% energy cost savings
  • 0.87% source energy savings
  • 0.98% site energy savings"

Come to Seattle for Smart Buildings

Sustainable Business.com, News, May 26, 2015.
http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/26316

"Seattle has settled on Smart Buildings as part of their next stage of economic growth....  The business plan centers around a Smart Buildings Center - a hub for collaboration on these technologies - and a degree program that trains professionals in the field at South Seattle College - a BA in Sustainable Building Science Technology that begins this year."

Guest Commentary: Microgrids: An Integrated Power Solution for Business

Business Energy, May 2015, by Michael J. Zimmer.
http://digital.businessenergy.net/publication/?i=254619&ver=html5&p=44#{}

"North America continues to be a hotbed for microgrid development. Green Energy Corp., a US builder of commercial-scale microgrids, recently estimated that 24,000 US commercial and industrial sites could be developed with large-scale microgrid conversions."

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