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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.

 


Key Drivers for Energy Storage Adoption: Distributing Reliable, High-Quality Power With a Range of Resources

North American Clean Energy, May/June 2015, by Chris Thompson.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/magazine/mayjune_2015/index.html#p=8

"There is substantial buzz surrounding grid-tied energy storage. But what are the drivers for grid-tied storage today? There are key industry trends propelling the adoption of energy storage technology, including: increased renewables penetration, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) orders, battery prices, and state mandates. The overall benefits of storage have evolved over the past few years, and grid-tied energy storage will continue to be an important consideration for the future of the grid."

Safety and Energy-Saving Resulting from Early Detection and Prevention of Leakage of Low-Flammable Refrigerants

IEA Heat Pump Centre Newsletter, #33 2015, by Masahide Sumi. [Open PDF then scroll or jump to page 22.
http://etkhpcorder.extweb.sp.se/ViewDocument.aspx?RapportId=1267

"Leakage of refrigerants represents a high cost in terms of the energy required in refrigeration and air conditioning devices. As it is expected that low-flammable refrigerants will be used in many devices in the future, this issue can be very important for the global environment, energy saving and safety. The following article describes detection systems which can easily detect and identify leakage at an early stage, and a method which can easily prevent leakage from plumbing and joints of air conditioning equipment."

Full "Green Steam" Ahead in Boston: CHP Project Advances Region's Environmental Goals

District Energy, 2nd Quarter 2015, by William J. DiCroce.
http://www.districtenergy-digital.org/districtenergy/2015Q2?folio=12#pg14

"One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is supported by an innovative district energy system that integrates thermal energy recycled from the electric generation process for heating and cooling. Since acquiring the district system in 2005, Veolia North America has made significant investments to improve network efficiency and reduce environmental impacts, culminating in the completion of its $112 million 'green steam' pipeline project in 2014."

2015 Wind Turbine Buyer’s Guide: Why, Where & How To Do Wind Electricity

Home Power Magazine, May/June 2015, by Ian Woofenden & Roy Butler.
http://www.homepower.com/articles/wind-power/equipment-products/2015-wind-turbine-buyer%E2%80%99s-guide

"Making electricity with the wind is not easy. As seasoned wind-energy installers with decades of experience, we—as well as thousands of others who live with home-scale wind turbines—tell a challenging tale. And the small wind industry today reflects those challenges, with long-established companies struggling and going under while the cost of reliable solar-electric modules continues to drop. If you think you want a wind-electric system, first think smart, then realistically."

Fan-Efficiency Metrics

HPAC Engineering, May 2015, by Dustin Meredith and Jeanne Harshaw.
http://hpac.com/iaq-ventilation/fan-efficiency-metrics

"Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International estimates fans account for 30 to 40 percent of commercial-building HVAC energy consumption. Improving fan efficiency, therefore, is an important step toward reducing global, overall energy use."

The Environmental Sustainability of Existing Buildings: Refurbish or Replace?

Circular Ecology, May 19, 2015, by Dr. Craig Jones.
http://www.circularecology.com/news/the-environmental-sustainability-of-existing-buildings-refurbish-or-replace#.VWZRE2zbIWo

"There comes a time in the life of every building where extensive refurbishment is required. For many a building this seems to bring with it thoughts of starting again – essentially to demolish and ‘rebuild’. The normal practice in modern times seems to be the preference to demolish and replace. Whereas conservationists naturally prefer to retain existing structures so to repair them and bring them back to their former glory. This latter approach retains the existing character and heritage of a building, but proponents of the ‘remove and replace’ philosophy ague about their reduced energy performance."

How Energy Efficiency Financing Can Help States Meet Clean Power Plan Goals

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), May 27, 2015.
http://aceee.org/blog/2015/05/how-energy-efficiency-financing-can

"Today, ACEEE is releasing the second in a series of step-by-step guides that help states claim emissions reductions resulting from energy efficiency programs and policies. Navigating the Clean Power Plan: A Template for Including Energy Efficiency Finance Programs in State Compliance Plans is focused on helping states incorporate financing programs and policies into their plans for complying with the EPA Clean Power Plan. The tool provides an overview of some types of financing approaches that may be well suited for Clean Power Plan compliance."

Balancing Hotel Energy Use and Guest Comfort

HPAC Engineering, May 2015, by Jeff Raber.
http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/balancing-hotel-energy-use-and-guest-comfort

"Though hotel guest rooms may hold great potential for cost savings, concerns about the impact of energy-efficiency initiatives on customer satisfaction have kept many hoteliers from investing in energy-management solutions. With recent advances in building-management systems (BMS) and sensors, however, the balance between energy savings and guest comfort easily can be struck."

The Game Changer [Energy Storage]

Solar Today, April 30, 2015, by Maureen McIntyre (Editor & publisher)
http://solartoday.org/2015/04/the-game-changer/

"The global energy landscape is shifting, and the game changer is energy storage."

Seattle City Light to Test 'Self-Healing' Power Line

Public Power Weekly, May 4, 2015, by Jeannine Anderson.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/weekly/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=43771

"Starting this fall, Seattle City Light in Washington will begin testing automated switching technology that is designed to speed the restoration of service when a power line is damaged. A pilot project using these “self-healing” power lines is part of a larger effort to build a smarter and more resilient grid in Seattle. The equipment, which is being installed on two of the municipal utility’s feeder lines, is expected to be in operation before the Seattle storm season begins in September."

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