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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.

 


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."

SEPA Report Details Key Drivers for Cutting Utility-Scale Solar LCOE

Smart Electric Power Alliance, Mar. 2016.
http://www.solarelectricpower.org/about-sepa/sepa-news/press-releases/sepa-report-details-key-drivers-for-cutting-utility-scale-solar-lcoe.aspx

"...a new report from the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) says, not all solar projects are created equal. Utilities looking to procure cost-competitive, high-value solar projects need to evaluate a range of factors, from regional solar resource intensity to local labor and permitting costs to system design issues, such as whether to use a fixed-tilt or single axis tracking system. The report was produced in partnership with solar project developer Recurrent Energy, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar."

Solar Panels Could Ruin Your Roof

Buildings, Feb. 2016, by Douglas Fishburn.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19851/title/solar-panels-could-ruin-your-roof.aspx

"Your roof is a smart place to install solar panels, but without the right precautions, you can void your warranty, compromise thermal performance and ruin waterproofing. Follow these tips to ensure you get the full benefits of renewable energy without harming your roof."

How Smart Pumping is Shaping the Industry

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2016, by Jeffrey Sullivan.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps-instrumentationcontrols/march-2016-how-smart-pumping-shaping-industry

"Modern continuous monitoring technologies are streamlining maintenance programs and improving plant operations."

Reinventing Green Building—It’s (Past) Time

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning Engineering, Feb. 2016, by Jerry Yudelson.
http://hpac.com/archive/reinventing-green-building-it-s-past-time

"The major green-building rating system in the United States, LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is not growing. As of 2015, LEED’s 15th year, less than 1 percent of commercial buildings and homes in the United States were LEED-certified.... Concerns about LEED are not new, but they have taken on more urgency with the mandatory switch to a new version of LEED (LEED v4) in October 2016."

Absorption Chillers For Institutional Occupancies

Engineered Systems, Feb. 2016, by Marcia Karr.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97567-absorption-chillers-for-institutional-occpancies

"It's not necessarily a plug-and-play situation, but these chillers can play key roles and deliver meaningful savings in several scenarios. Waste heat, CCHP, standalone, and even renewable solar as part of the refrigeration cycle can all provide the setting for absorption success."

Innovative Blow Molds Reduce Compressed Air Pressure in PET Blow Molding

Compressed Air Best Practices, Mar. 2016, by Vincent Duvernois,  Stephane Larcade, and Jean Pilnard.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/plastics/innovative-blow-molds-reduce-compressed-air-pressure-pet-blow-molding

"Technological trends in plastics manufacturing are driving the costs of production down. In industrial PET blow molding specifically, two innovative techniques have had major impacts over the last 15 years: “light weighting” the plastic bottles, and recirculating high-pressure compressed air. Both have helped to improve the energy efficiency of PET blow molding by reducing compressed air requirements dramatically."

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