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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.

 


Is PACE Moving to Prime Time?

ACEEE, Jul 18, 2016, by Jim Barrett.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/07/pace-moving-prime-time

"One of the distinctions we often make between energy and energy efficiency is that energy acts more like a cost, and energy efficiency acts more like an investment. Like most investments, energy efficiency works by using an up front expense to generate a stream of economic benefits.... Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is a relatively new strategy for funding efficiency and renewable investments that is really starting to take off."

Puget Sound Energy Launches 'Urban Smart Bellevue' Energy Efficiency Program

KPLU.org, Jun 22, 2016, by Bellamy Pailthorp.
http://www.kplu.org/post/puget-sound-energy-launches-urban-smart-bellevue-energy-efficiency-program

"The city [Bellevue] has launched a new energy efficiency program called Urban Smart Bellevue that aims to make it a leader in energy efficiency – largely through simple changes in workplace behavior."

Smart Buildings Center Tool Lending Library

Smart Buildings Center, Jul 2016.
http://www.smartbuildingscenter.org/tool-library/

A project of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, the Smart Building Center (SBC) is hosting a "Tool Lending Library". The diagnostic tools are available to building owners and managers, as well as energy service professionals, for short term data collection on energy using equipment and systems in commercial and institutional buildings in Washington.

Merkley [OR] Announces $52 Million in Energy Loans for Rural Communities

The Gorge Business News, July 7, 2016.
http://thegorgebusinessnews.com/2016/07/merkley-announces-52-million-in-energy-loans-for-rural-communities/

"Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make $52 million in loans available to rural electric co-ops through the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP). RESP is a program designed by Senator Merkley to allow rural electric co-ops to offer their customers low-interest loans from USDA to provide affordable financing for energy efficiency improvements. The customers then pay back the loans through the savings on their electric bills."

Facilitating Fermentation [Pumping Systems]

Pumps & Systems, July 2016, by John Wallace.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/july-2016-facilitating-fermentation

"California vineyard uses AODD [air-operated double-diaphragm]pumps for 6,000-gallon tanks to achieve up to 60 percent savings in energy and operating costs."

Pump System Optimization in Pulp & Paper: High-Value Target Applications

Pumps & Systems, July 2016, by Mike Pemberton.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/print/pumps/july-2016-pump-system-optimization-pulp-paper-high-value-target-applications

"In most pulp and paper applications, energy and unscheduled maintenance are two of the largest components of ownership cost. For this reason, improving pump efficiency is key to pump system optimization. Although certain mechanical and control modifications can improve reliability, selecting the best hydraulic fit is an often overlooked approach to system optimization. Energy and reliability are two sides of the same coin: A good rule of thumb is that where there is excess energy beyond what is required to move fluid through the pipes, there will also be unreliability."

A Simplified Method of Determining the Efficiency of a Motor-Driven Centrifugal Pump

Pumps & Systems, July 2016, by Robert X. Perez.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/centrifugal-pumps/july-2016-simplified-method-determining-efficiency-motor-driven-centrifugal-pump

"A common concern in processing plants is determining the pumping health—or efficiency—of centrifugal pumps. As pump impeller seals wear as a result of erosion and corrosion mechanisms, tight internal clearances open up and allow fluid to recirculate internally, gradually degrading performance. As wear progresses, a centrifugal pump will eventually become unable to perform its intended function. Periodically monitoring pump performance allows end users to identify internal degradation before a serious loss of capability occurs."

Commissioning and Design for 2016 Olympics

ASHRAE Journal, Jul 2016, by Ross D. Montgomery and Walter R. Lenzi.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2016July_014-019_Montgomery.pdf

"Beginning in 1994, the International Olympic Committee began to require environmental awareness as part of all Olympic Games. Over the years, the emphasis on sustainability grew, and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August is the latest example of the benefits gained by using these strategies. ASHRAE members and student members are a part of this high-profile project, as they provided commissioning and HVAC&R design services, especially at the Olympic Park. This venue is where most events will occur in Barra da Tijuca, located 21 miles (34 km) south of Copacabana beach."

Eugene Evaluating Safety of LED Lights

The Register-Guard, July 11, 2016, by Christian Hill.
http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/34502909-75/eugene-evaluating-safety-of-led-lights.html.csp

"Eugene city officials are evaluating the light emitted by new LED streetlights after the American Medical Association issued an official policy statement that it can be harmful to a person’s health."

New Heat Pump Water Heater Changes the Game

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, July 2016.
http://neea.org/neea-newsroom/press-releases/press-release-detail/2016/07/05/new-heat-pump-water-heater-changes-the-game

"Today, A. O. Smith, the largest manufacturer and marketer of water heaters in North America, introduced a dramatically efficient new model of heat pump water heater. Already three times more efficient than a standard electric water heater, A. O. Smith engineers refreshed the Voltex line to improve energy efficiency benefits and performance for homes in all climates, including homes that routinely deal with cold weather."

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