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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.

 


AMO's New Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation Will Focus on Reducing Energy Use

U.S. Dept. of Energy, Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), Jan. 12, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/amo/articles/amos-new-institute-advanced-composites-manufacturing-innovation-will-focus

"The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation is a public-private consortium of 122 leading U.S. manufacturers, universities, and non-profits that will focus on advanced composites—materials that are three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest metals. These advanced materials have the potential to transform products ranging from wind turbines to automobiles. This new Innovation Institute, headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee and led by the University of Tennessee, will receive $70 million in federal funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office."

Advancing and Maximizing the Value of Energy Storage Technology - A California Roadmap

California Independent System Operator, Dec. 31, 2014.
http://www.caiso.com/Documents/Advancing-MaximizingValueofEnergyStorageTechnology_CaliforniaRoadmap.pdf

"The California Independent System Operator (ISO), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and California Energy Commission (CEC) developed an energy storage roadmap that identifies policy, technology and process changes to address challenges faced by the storage sector."

7 Sustainable Design Trends From The Living Building Challenge

EcoBuilding Pulse, Dec. 29, 2014, by Katie Gloede.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/green-building/7-sustainable-design-trends-from-the-living-building-challenge_c.aspx

"Here are seven future trends set by the Living Building Challenge that take net-zero to the next level."

The World's Biggest Car Company Wants to Get Rid of Gasoline

Bloomberg Business Week, Dec. 2014.
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-12-17/toyota-embraces-fuel-cell-cars-for-post-gasoline-future

"Just as the Prius has established itself as the first true mass-market hybrid, Toyota hopes the Mirai will one day become the first mass-market hydrogen car. On sale in Japan on Dec. 15, it will be available in the U.S. and Europe in late 2015 and has a driving range of 300 miles, much farther than most plug-in electrics can go. It also runs on the most abundant element in the universe and emits only heat and water—and none of the gases that lead to smog or contribute to global warming."

Oil Price Slump Taking a Toll on U.S. Alternative Fuels

Reuters, Jan. 9, 2015, by Nichola Groom.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/09/us-oil-biodiesel-idUSKBN0KI0F020150109

"With gas pump prices lingering near their lowest levels in five years, greener, cleaner alternative fuels are taking a hit. Makers of biodiesel, a fuel made from vegetable oil or animal fats, are slashing prices and margins in a bid to stay competitive with the price of diesel fuel, which is down more than 20 percent from a year ago."

Rulemaking for Commercial and Industrial Fans and Blowers

U.S. DOE, EERE, Building Technologies Office, Appliance & Equipment Standards, Jan. 12, 2015.
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/rulemaking.aspx/ruleid/25

"DOE published a Federal Register notice of comment period extension for the notice of data availability regarding energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial fans and blowers. 80 FR 1477 (January 12, 2015). The comment period has been extended until February 25, 2015."

Benchmarking the Declining Cost of Solar

Solar Today, Nov/Dec 2014, by Samantha Weaver and others. (Scroll to page 24.)
http://www.omagdigital.com/publication/index.php?i=0&m=23867&l=1&p=4&pre=&ver=swf

"New reports from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory analyze the policies, programs, and other factors that drive the declining cost of solar photovoltaics in both residential and commercial applications."

Arizona's Utility-Owned Solar Programs: The New Business Models Utilities Are Looking For?

Utility Dive, Jan. 7, 2014, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/arizonas-utility-owned-solar-programs-the-new-business-models-utilities-a/348331/

"Two innovative utility-owned solar programs were finalized by Arizona regulators at the close of 2014, programs that could change the net energy metering controversy. More importantly, they could change the utility business model and the solar business."

ASHRAE/IES Proposes Expansion of Climate Zones for Energy Standard [ASHRAE 90.1]

ASHRAE Press Release, Dec. 16, 2014.
https://www.ashrae.org/news/2014/ashrae-ies-proposes-expansion-of-climate-zones-for-energy-standard

"New proposed climate data could make the ASHRAE/IES energy standard more applicable for global use. Addendum w is one of 10 proposed addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, open for public comment starting Dec. 5, 2014. The proposed addendum closes for review Jan. 19, 2015."

Radiant HVAC: The How, Where & Why

Engineered Systems, Dec. 2014, by Steven G. Liescheidt.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96889-radiant-hvac-the-how-where-why

"Does an old-school concept deserve consideration for a wider range of projects these days? After a refresher on the basics, warm up to a variety of current tips and advantages for maintenance, controls, and installation."

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