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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.

 


Managing Energy as an Ingredient at General Mills

Blower & Vacuum Best Practices, Apr. 2016, by Clinton Shaffer.
http://www.blowervacuumbestpractices.com/industries/food/managing-energy-ingredient-general-mills

"Within the “zero-loss” culture at General Mills, plant personnel identify and optimize major energy users in each facility. Common opportunities include: the optimization of dryers, ovens and freezers; compressed air optimization projects; improvements to building heating and cooling system; and lighting replacement innovations. In addition, engineers at General Mills have started to explore new energy-saving opportunities within the vacuum and blower systems at their production facilities. To better understand how any production system is addressed at General Mills, an examination of the company’s energy management methodology is required."

New Plant Design Options Expand Geothermal Power Operations

Power Magazine, Apr. 2016, by Allie Nelson.
http://www.powermag.com/new-plant-design-options-expand-geothermal-power-operations/

"Geothermal energy may not be a large contributor to the U.S. power mix—it provided less than 0.5% of total U.S. generation in 2015—but it is a reliable and dispatchable renewable energy source that plays well with others. And while the concept is old, new technology is making it easier for grid operators to utilize this important resource."

Lifting the High Energy Burden in America’s Largest Cities: How Energy Efficiency Can Improve Low Income and Underserved Communities

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Apr. 20, 2016, by Ariel Drehobl and Lauren Ross.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/u1602.pdf

"Energy burden is the percentage of household income spent on home energy bills. In this report we measure the energy burden of households in 48 of the largest American cities. We find that low-income, African-American, Latino, low-income multifamily, and renter households all spend a greater proportion of their income on utilities than the average family. We also identify energy efficiency as an underutilized strategy that can help reduce high energy burdens by as much as 30%. Given this potential, we describe policies and programs to ramp up energy efficiency investments in low-income and underserved communities."

Weighing Costs and Benefits in Hydropower Maintenance and Upgrade Decisions

Power Magazine, Apr. 2016, by Aaron Larson.
http://www.powermag.com/weighing-costs-benefits-hydropower-maintenance-upgrade-decisions/

"Choosing whether to maintain or upgrade hydropower plant components can be difficult. Poor original equipment reliability can force changes, but often a detailed cost-benefit analysis is needed to make decisions. Understanding how others have tackled the process can help ensure success at your plant."

Buildings Can Be Much Greener...

California Building News, Mar/Apr. 2016.  -- jump to page 7.
https://issuu.com/easoncommunications/docs/californiabuildingsnewsma2016

"...as it stands now, only a very tiny fraction of California building produce all the energy they need to operate, though some have proven they can and attempts by others to attain the magical zero net energy (ZNE) status are growing, because of both governmental, market and cultural pressures. Whether a substantial number ever achieve ZNE use is less important than the efforts to reach that lofty goal."

LED Codes and Standards

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Apr. 2016, by Tom Divine.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/led-codes-and-standards/a4312734e49f85f5c26e6d63ea7551b8.html

"Clients are asking lighting designers to help them save on energy costs, and replacing fluorescent, HID, or other lights with LEDs is in high demand. This article looks at the codes and guidelines that define LED use."

Hydrogen and a New Paradigm for Electricity Storage

North American Clean Energy, Mar/Apr 2016, by Ken Brown.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/22731/hydrogen-and-a-new-paradigm-for-electricity-storage

"A new paradigm is needed for electricity storage in the wind energy market. Today, what passes for “grid storage” are technologies providing, at most, eight to 12 hours of discharge time. If electricity generation is to be successfully weaned from fossil fuels, storage must have more than 1,000 hours of discharge time to back up renewables when they are intermittent. Sometimes the wind does not blow and the sun does not shine for long periods of time. Long discharge time provides reliability."

Onsite Power: What's It Mean to Get to Zero

Net Zero Buildings, Mar. 2016, by Chuck Ross. -- Jump to page 24.
https://issuu.com/constructionbusinessmedia/docs/1603_nzb

"Net zero building has been a topic of conversation between architects and engineers for more than a decade, but there remains a significant lack of consensus over what 'net zero' actually means when it comes to the relationship between onsite energy consumption and generation."

Supercharge Your Outdoor Lighting

Buildings, Apr. 2016, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/20089/title/supercharge-your-outdoor-lighting-.aspx

"Overhaul your exterior fixtures with LEDs to slash energy and maximize illumination."

LED Upgrades for Fluorescent Tubes

Buildings, Apr. 2016, by Eric Woodroof.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/20082/title/led-upgrades-for-fluorescent-tubes/viewall/true.aspx

"Snap-in designs cut installation cost for office and high-bay applications."

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