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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.

 


Customize Lighting Control with Wireless Flexibility

Buildings, August 2014, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17799/title/customize-lighting-control-with-wireless-flexibility.aspx

"Mesh networks for devices create greater granularity with minimal disruption."

Air Leakage Testing: A Hot Button or Hot Air?

Buildings Magazine, Aug. 2014, by Christopher Curtland.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17768/title/air-leakage-testing-a-hot-button-or-hot-air.aspx

"Find out when and where pressurization is a valuable forensic tool."


Evaluating Power-Demand Reduction With VFD-Controlled Systems

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning, Aug. 2014, by Alexander L. Burd and Galina S. Burd.
http://hpac.com/motors-drives/evaluating-power-demand-reduction-vfd-controlled-systems

Discusses the "the impact of relative dynamic-pressure losses and other factors on overall power demand and energy savings."

Improving the Efficiency of Small to Mid-Sized Buildings

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning Engineering, Aug. 2014, by Chad Senger. [Free registration required to view full-text.]
http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/improving-efficiency-small-mid-sized-buildings

"Taking advantage of technological advances previously limited primarily to large buildings."

Do Energy-saving Products Actually Save Customers Energy? HVAC Contractors Need to Educate Consumers

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, Aug. 18, 2014, by Joanna R. Turpin.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/127355-do-energy-saving-products-actually-save-customers-energy

"Homeowners who cannot be convinced to invest in an energy audit should still be educated about real ways they can save energy so they don’t fall prey to advertising claims.... Still, some homeowners will continue to believe that buying a singular product will result in significant energy savings."

Tips for Updating School HVAC Equipment

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, Aug. 4, 2014, by Jen Anesi.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/127240-tips-for-updating-school-hvac-equipment

"While times are hard now for many schools, some manufacturers believe an improving economy and increasing availability of alternative financing options will soon make it easier for schools to get the funding necessary for upgrades. And, in the meantime, HVAC products will continue to improve in energy efficiency, ease of installation, and life cycle."


Super-Efficient Manufactured Home [Bothell, WA]

BPA Journal, Sep. 2014. [Scroll to page 3.]
http://www.bpa.gov/news/pubs/Journal/Journal-201409-September-2014.pdf

"Puget Sound Energy, Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County and BPA recently hosted a tour of a new, high performance manufactured home in Bothell, just north of Seattle. The prototype home incorporates some of the latest energy-saving features and technologies, including a ductless heat pump, heat pump water heater, efficient lighting, triple-glazed windows, foam sheathing on exterior walls and added insulation."


WhiteWave Opens Company’s First Certified Green Manufacturing Plant

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods, Aug. 5, 2014.
http://www.refrigeratedfrozenfood.com/articles/88391-whitewave-opens-companys-first-certified-green-manufacturing-plant

"WhiteWave Foods, Broomfield, Colo., announced green building certification of its beverage manufacturing facility in Dallas, Texas. The facility...earned U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED certification for New Construction."

Bright Future for Energy Storage

Power Magazine, Aug. 2014, by Patrick Ferguson.
http://www.powermag.com/bright-future-for-energy-storage/

"Many Americans will likely someday rely in part on battery systems to power their appliances and cars, store electricity generated by their solar PV panels, and help regulate the frequency and efficiency of the overall power grid. By setting aggressive targets, reducing the barriers to entry, and providing long-term funding, California has incentivized the development of battery storage systems. If these programs prove successful in California, other states could begin offering similar incentives in the coming years."

Backup Power for Water Utilities

Water Efficiency: The Journal for Water Resource Management, Jul/Aug 2014, by William Atkinson.
http://www.waterefficiency.net/WE/Articles/Backup_Power_for_Water_Utilities_26398.aspx

"The majority of the public considers water utilities and electric utilities to be “sisters”—and, in a lot of ways, they are. However, what very few members of the public consider is that both utilities depend heavily on each other. Electric utilities simply cannot function without water, and water utilities obviously cannot function without electricity.

Of course, there will be times when the power does go out, usually as a result of a major storm, but also for a host of other reasons. As such, it is incumbent on water utilities to arrange for backup power, because, while the public can survive without electricity for days, or even a few weeks, it can’t survive long without fresh water
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