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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.

 


Specifying HVAC Equipment in Critical Environments

The Construction Specifier, Dec. 2016, by Matt Strong.
https://www.constructionspecifier.com/specifying-hvac-equipment-in-critical-environments/

"Cleanrooms present unique design challenges because they must meet specific requirements that go beyond what is encountered in a typical commercial space. When specifying HVAC equipment in a critical environment such as a cleanroom, engineers must consider the key issues of air filtration, humidity control, and pressurization. While a specifying engineer may have experience with these issues in the context of a traditional commercial application, the considerations are substantially different in a cleanroom."

Calculating Economics of HVAC Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Dec. 2016.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/calculating-economics-of-hvac-systems/3d4582c584ab8a0192fda3f906d67a07.html

"Codes and standards, equipment efficiencies, energy modeling, commissioning, energy-conservation incentive programs, and lifecycle cost analysis all play into determining the economics of HVAC systems. Included are key aspects a mechanical engineer may need to consider when specifying HVAC systems into new or existing buildings, with a focus on the economic analysis provided to the client."

Marijuana Growers Are Seeing the (LED) Light on Energy Efficiency

Utility Dive, Dec. 14, 2016, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/marijuana-growers-are-seeing-the-led-light-on-energy-efficiency/431991/

"Commercial growers in Washington state are cutting their power bills in half with LEDs — and earning huge utility rebates for installation"

Utility of the Future: An MIT Energy Initiative Response to an Industry in Transition

MIT and IIT-Comillas, 2016.
http://energy.mit.edu/research/utility-future-study/

"The Utility of the Future brings together a diverse consortium of leading international companies to address emerging issues in the electric power sector, and provides a neutral framework within which to evaluate the economic, regulatory, and technological impacts of the ongoing evolution of the power sector worldwide. The study team from MIT and IIT-Comillas combines a breadth of skills in quantitative economic and engineering modeling, with a sophisticated understanding of the complex interactions in the electric power industry."

Home RX: The Health Benefits of Home Performance: A Review of the Current Evidence

Prepared by the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) for the U.S. Dept. of Energy, EERE, Dec. 2016.
https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/sites/default/files/attachments/Home%20Rx%20The%20Health%20Benefits%20of%20Home%20Performance%20-%20A%20Review%20of%20the%20Current%20Evidence.pdf

"The home performance industry supports whole-house solutions to improve home energy use and enhance indoor air quality and environmental conditions. Numerous studies have evaluated the effects of a range of residential energy efficiency and green renovation work on indoor environmental quality and occupant health. However, there has not been a systematic review of such studies to summarize current knowledge and identify research gaps."

California [Energy Efficiency] Computer Standards Boot Up Big Savings

Appliance Standards Awareness Project, Dec. 15, 2016, by Chris Granda.
http://www.appliance-standards.org/blog/california-computer-standards-boot-big-savings

"This week, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved first-in-the-nation energy efficiency standards for computers and computer displays, or monitors (CEC factsheet). These new standards, which reflect several years of collaborative work by the computer industry, California investor-owned utilities, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Consumer Federation of America, other consumer organizations, and regional energy efficiency organizations should help save energy worth billions of dollars each year that would otherwise be wasted by the desktops, laptops and other computer equipment that consumers and businesses use every day."

SGIP White Paper: Transactive Energy Application Landscape Scenarios

SGIP, Dec. 15, 2016.
http://www.sgip.org/wp-content/uploads/SGIP_White_Paper_TE_Application_Landscape_Scenarios_12-15-2016_FINAL.pdf

"This paper presents an analysis of the transactive energy (TE) application landscape, specifically examining the transactive process, business functions, actors in different smart grid (SG) application domains, and time scales. These process steps, business functions, actors and time scales comprise the dimensions of the landscape. Six high-level, operational scenarios are presented which, together, cover the identified TE dimensions, and which can collectively be used to explore TE interactions."

Pacific Northwest Researchers to Play Key Role in New Manufacturing USA Institute

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory News, Dec. 16, 2016, by Susan Bauer.
http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx?id=4338

"Getting more production output from a chemical operation or performing the same process more efficiently in a much smaller footprint could save U.S. manufacturers billions of dollars and create new jobs. It's known as process intensification and two Northwest institutions are part of the team that's been tapped to make it happen. The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Oregon State University are part of the newest institute under the Manufacturing USA Initiative. DOE recently announced that the American Institute of Chemical Engineers will lead the institute, named Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment."

This Holiday Season, Beware a Hidden Scrooge – Increased Energy Use from MELs

U.S. Dept. of Energy, Dec. 20, 2016.
https://energy.gov/eere/articles/holiday-season-beware-hidden-scrooge-increased-energy-use-mels

"Miscellaneous electric loads (MELs) represent those appliances, equipment, and devices that use electricity but do not contribute to a building’s core functions of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, water heating, or refrigeration. The proliferation of these miscellaneous devices and equipment means the amount of energy they consume is continuing to grow."

Outlooks for Wind Power in the United States: Drivers and Trends under a 2016 Policy Environment

NREL, Dec. 2016.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy17osti/67058.pdf

"Over the past decade, wind power has become one of the fastest growing sources of electricity generation in the United States. Cumulative wind capacity grew from about 9 gigawatts (GW) in 2005 to approximately 74 GW by year-end 2015. ....This trend indicates a clear increasing role for wind; however, significant variability in historical annual wind installations has occurred with year-to-year fluctuations in wind deployment strongly correlated to changes in energy policies, particularly the wind production tax credit (PTC) policy."

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