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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.

 


Northwest Public Utilities, BPA Top Five-Year Energy Savings Target

Bonneville Power Administration Newsroom, Nov. 25, 2014.
http://www.bpa.gov/news/newsroom/Pages/Northwest-public-utilities-BPA-top-five-year-energy-savings-target.aspx

"Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and the Bonneville Power Administration have saved at least 560 average megawatts of electricity, greatly surpassing the five-year goal of 504 aMW set by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Sixth Power Plan."

Moving Forward Requires Code Enforcement

Environmental Design + Construction, Nov. 2014, by Eric Elizondo.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95972-moving-forward-requires-code-enforcement

"Building codes were created to keep the general public safe. To that end, most U.S. citizens probably believe that building codes are enforced well in this country and believe their buildings will stand in times of crisis.... However, throughout my career I have found that the majority of building officials around the country do not enforce the current energy codes."

Retailers Going Green

Environmental Design + Construction, Nov. 2104, by Derrick Teal.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95976-retailers-going-green

"Implementing sustainable designs in stores is helping numerous brands to put their environmental commitment on display for the public."

Why Incorporate a Shading System?

Environmental Design + Construction, Nov. 2014, by William Maiman.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95974-why-incorporate-a-shading-system

"The challenge for architects, building owners and engineers is to provide as much daylight on the interior floors for the longest period of the day so that electrical lighting can be turned off and reduce energy costs/lower greenhouse gas emissions at power generating facilities. For the occupant, solar radiation can be more than an annoyance. Interior heat gain aside, most people are very sensitive to a slight variation of temperature."

ASHRAE 170 Update: Standard Operating Procedure

Engineered Systems, Nov. 2104, by Gary Hamilton.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96847-ashrae-170-update-standard-operating-procedure

"Providing adequate ventilation is a very important part of a patient’s wellbeing in a health care setting. Maintaining a high level of indoor air quality (IAQ) has become an increasing challenge for health care facilities. A critical part of ensuring proper IAQ is supplying the appropriate amount of ventilation to replenish oxygen, to remove carbon dioxide, and to reduce the activity of airborne pathogens."

Industrial Audits: A Comprehensive and Evidence-Based Primer....

European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE), Dec. 4, 2014.
http://www.eceee.org/policy-areas/industrial-policy/eceee-audit-policy-guide.pdf

ECEEE Policy Guide No. 1. "The guide is intended as a primer for policy-makers and other decision makers thinking of developing energy efficiency policies and programmes and a signposting document for those wanting to dig deeper into the subject."

Seattle Steam's ENERGY STAR Reporting Service: Helping Customers Meet Benchmarking Mandate

District Energy, 4th Quarter, 2014, by Stan Gent and Gary Michaels.
http://www.districtenergy-digital.org/districtenergy/2014Q4#pg8

"Through the UtilityStudio portal, an application service from GH Michaels Associates, Seattle Steam customers can easily export historical steam consumption data for loading into analysis and benchmarking tools."

ecoSelect: A Green Building Program by the Numbers

Green Builder, Oct. 2014, by Laureen Blissard.
http://www.greenbuildermedia.com/blog/ecoselect-a-green-building-program-by-the-numbers

"This “entry-level” green building program is attracting builders with its low cost and easy-to-follow checklist."

Improve [Refrigeration] Efficiencies With Careful Compressor Selection

Heating, Plumbing, Air Conditioning, Oct. 2014, by Autumn Nicholson and Mike Saunders.
http://www.hpacmag.com/news/improve-efficiencies-with-careful-compressor-selection/1003286606/?&er=NA

"[Commercial] Refrigeration system designers have traditionally selected compressors to match the capacity anticipated on the hottest days of the year, accounting for a design Btu load and high ambient temperatures. While this approach ensures required performance in extreme conditions, it does not always equate to achieving system efficiencies. In light of the changing refrigeration landscape, designers should evaluate compressor selection on three important considerations.


Introducing The Facility Actual Savings Test: FAST-X

Facilities Engineering Journal, Nov/Dec 2014, by Wayne P. Saya. [C;ick on article title under Features, or jump to page 18]
http://digital.graphcompubs.com/publication/?i=235463&pjs=1&p=3&pn=&ver=flex&pid=

"Developed in cooperation with NorthWrite, Inc., the AFE (F)acility (A)ctual (S)avings (T)est, known by its acronym as FAST-X, is our new energy savings certification methodology for buildings. Unlike the US Green Building Council’s LEED® program, any building can receive an uncontentious FAST-X certification or FAST-X energy check-up. Paper mills, tobacco manufacturers, and overall industrial plants experiencing complications from the protocols of other well-known energy accreditation programs, now have a method and a home for official recognition."

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