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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.

 


DOE Completes New Consensus-Based [Residential] Air Conditioner Standards

Appliance Standards Awareness Project, Dec. 5, 2016, by Andrew deLaski.
http://www.appliance-standards.org/blog/doe-completes-new-consensus-based-air-conditioner-standards?utm_source=Central+AC+final+rule

"The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published new minimum energy efficiency standards for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps today.  The new standards, which are based on a negotiated agreement, will reduce air conditioner and heat pump energy use by about 7%, translating into hundreds of dollars in electricity bill savings for consumers over the life of their equipment."

Where Marijuana Plants Flourish Under Energy-Saving LED Lights

New York Times, Nov. 25, 2016, by Diane Cardwell.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/25/business/energy-environment/marijuana-legal-environment-lights.html?_r=0

[Subsidized by Puget Sound Energy], "Evergrow Northwest, a legal producer of recreational marijuana in Tumwater, Wash., is running an experiment, comparing using LED lights to grow cannabis with using more common high-pressure sodium bulbs."

Why Sharing Solar is the Next Big Thing in Energy

The Energy Collective, Dec. 1, 2016, by Giles Parkinson.
http://www.theenergycollective.com/energy-post/2394218/why-sharing-solar-is-the-next-big-thing-in-energy

"The disruption and the opportunities being offered by solar PV and battery storage are likely to be accelerated massively by the introduction of new software such as the “blockchain” system that has already taken root in financial systems...."

The Top 10 Utility Regulatory Commission Issues of 2016

Utility Dive, Nov. 28, 2016, by Krysti Shallenberger.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/the-top-10-utility-regulatory-commission-issues-of-2016/431164/

"From rate design to grid modernization and storage, state utility regulators had their hands full in 2016."

State of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2016

U.S. Department of Energy, Nov. 2016.
https://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/downloads/state-states-fuel-cells-america-2016

"This November 2016 report, the seventh in a series, provides a comprehensive analysis of state activities supporting fuel cell and hydrogen technology, profiles of leading states, and a catalog of recent installations, policies, funding, and deployments around the country."

Another Look at Optimizing Pump Hydraulics

Pumps & Systems, Nov. 2016, by Lev Nelik.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/november-2016-another-look-optimizing-pump-hydraulics

"This column will provide feedback on a quiz published in my August 2016 Pumps & Systems column titled “Optimizing Pump Hydraulics: When Is It Important?” (Read it here) Readers were asked to estimate the amount of energy that would be saved by using a variable frequency drive (VFD) with a small centrifugal pump and to compare those savings to the energy used by a pump specifically designed for the required conditions (100 gallons per minute [gpm], 15 feet)."

How Understanding the Psychology of Energy Efficiency Can Help Protect the Environment

ACEEE Blog, Dec. 1, 2016, by Reuven Sussman. 
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/12/how-understanding-psychology-energy

"Why do some people take action to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprints while others do not? Environmental psychologists, behavioral economists and other social scientists have all investigated this question, and come up with a variety of answers. A new report [Social Mobilization: How to Encourage Action on Climate Change], sponsored by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and co-authored by ACEEE, explains the psychology of individual energy efficiency actions, and how large scale behavior change programs can use this research to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

Room to Grow [LED Grow Lights]

HybridTech News, Nov. 23, 2016, by Chris Gromek.
http://hybridtech.us/room-to-grow/

"...it’s a brand new day for the electrical systems that serve marijuana grows and other indoor agricultural installations. And the lighting industry is taking notice. In March 2016, market research firm MarketsandMarkets released an analysis that forecasts a doubling in demand for grow lights worldwide between 2016 and 2022, with sales approaching $4.2 billion by the end of that period. More than half of that growth is expected to take place in North America."

Residential SSO To High Solids Anaerobic Digestion

BioCycle, Oct. 2016, by Craig Coker.
https://www.biocycle.net/2016/10/24/26704/

"Source separated organics, including kitchen and garden waste, are processed in a dry AD plant. Resulting biomethane is injected into an adjacent natural gas pipeline, in Zurich, Switzerland."

How Spokane Is Building a Smart City From the Grid Out, With Transactive Energy Included

GreenTech Media, Nov. 14, 2016, by Jeff St. John.
https://www.greentechmedia.com/squared/read/how-spokane-is-building-a-smart-city-from-the-ground-up-with-transactive-en

"Spokane, a city of some 210,000 people in the foothills of eastern Washington state, is not the first place that comes to mind when one thinks about cutting-edge smart city deployments, or the latest efforts in transactive energy. But utility Avista and smart metering giant Itron want it to earn its place on that map."

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