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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.

 


Are Flexible Generation Plants Performing as Expected?

Power Magazine, Mar. 2015, by Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/are-flexible-generation-plants-performing-as-expected/?printmode=1

"Highly flexible, fast-ramping, fast-cycling combined cycle plants hit the market with a big splash a few years ago. But are they performing as advertised? Though the few operational plants are still new and still learning, the initial results are encouraging."

New Interactive Map Shows Big Potential for America’s Wind Energy Future

U.S. Department of Energy, Mar. 31, 2015.
http://www.energy.gov/articles/new-interactive-map-shows-big-potential-america-s-wind-energy-future

"Wind power is growing rapidly in America. In fact, wind has accounted for 33 percent of all newly installed electricity generation capacity in the years spanning from 2006 to 2013. The United States now gets about 4.6 percent of its electricity from wind power. But how can this pattern of strong growth continue and how will a thriving wind industry help the public and improve the environment? Our new Wind Vision Report seeks to answer those questions and more, using data from a team of researchers, academics, scientists, engineers and wind industry experts to map out the future of wind energy in the U.S."

Handling the Heat With CHP: ESCOs Allow for More Adoption of Cogeneration

Business Energy, Mar.-Apr. 2015, by Carol Brzozowski.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Handling_the_Heat_With_CHP_28482.aspx

"There is a renewed emphasis in the distributed generation marketplace for solutions such as Combined Heating and Power (CHP) and cogeneration, with shale gas being one of the primary drivers, notes Clark Wiedetz, director of alternative and renewable energy for the Building Technologies Division of Siemens."

Chilled-Water Piping Condensation Control for Energy Savings and Risk Avoidance

Insulation Outlook, Feb. 2015, by Richard Lubinski.
http://www.insulationoutlook.com/io/article.cfm?id=IO150203

"Proper mechanical insulation of chilled-water piping is critical. The life-cycle cost savings and risk avoidance made possible by insulating chilled-water piping is vital to the design of a high-functioning system. Chilled-water pipe insulation is the wrong place to attempt value engineering when designing new or replacement piping."

Creative Finance [Energy Efficiency Funding]

Building Operating Management, Mar. 2015, by Greg Zimmerman.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Finding-Best-Financing-Options-for-Energy-Efficiency-Projects--15751

A 5 part article on how to select the best way to fund energy efficiency projects:
Part 1: Finding Best Financing Options for Energy Efficiency Projects
Part 2:‘Threshold Questions’ Help Find Path to Energy Efficiency Financing
Part 3: Financing Tools Include Energy Performance Contract, Energy Service Agreement
Part 4: Utility On-bill Financing an Added Option for Energy Efficiency Projects
Part 5: PACE Financing an Option for More Extensive Energy Efficiency Projects

Passive Solar Design From a Passive House Perspective

Home Power, Mar.-Apr. 2015, by Katrin Klingenberg and others.
http://www.homepower.com/articles/home-efficiency/project-profiles/passive-solar-design-passive-house-perspective?v=print

"The Passive House approach to passive solar home design optimizes a home’s energy and economic performance with the three tenets of passive design—insulation, windows, and mass."

Cooling Tower System Audit for a Tough Mining Compressed Air Application

Chiller & Cooling Best Practices, Mar. 2015, by Tim Dugan.
http://www.coolingbestpractices.com/industries/manufacturing/cooling-tower-system-audit-tough-mining-compressed-air-application

"The goals of this article are to describe a large mining compressed air system case study and from a cooling perspective, discuss the limiting factors and performance issues of each of the cooling subsystems, and recommend improvements to the case-study project that will make the system much more reliable."

Using 4 Waste Heat Sources for HVAC Optimization

Chiller & Cooling Best Practices, Mar. 2015, by Thomas Mort.
http://coolingbestpractices.com/industries/hvac/using-4-waste-heat-sources-hvac-optimization

"Heat recovery opportunities have resulted in the largest amount of savings of our common projects our industrial energy management teams have implemented. It is not the easiest type of project to implement but the amount of savings and the reduction of emissions makes this project very worthwhile."

11 Key Considerations For Selecting a PET Air Compressor System

Compressed Air Best Practices, Mar. 2015, by Pete Rhoten.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/plastics/11-key-considerations-selecting-pet-air-compressor-system

"PET [polyethylene terephthalate] air systems started out with three-stage, air-cooled, lubricated piston units in multiple quantities for smaller systems and water-cooled, oil-free, three-stage or two-stage boosters for the larger systems. Over the last ten years, four-stage centrifugals have become a popular base-load air compressor, and smaller companies have embraced air-cooled, single-stage lubricated boosters. The king of the hill is still the three-stage, water-cooled, oil-free piston machine."

Quiz: Know Your Power Plants

U.S. Department of Energy, Mar. 3, 2015.
http://www.energy.gov/articles/quiz-know-your-power-plants

"This quiz will test your knowledge of electricity generation in the U.S. Each map shows existing U.S. power plants for a specific fuel source, scaled by the plant's production capacity. See if you can guess the energy source by how it's distributed across the country!"

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