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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.

 


Power and Water: Will Feds Allow It for Pot?

Tacoma News Tribune, May 20, 2014, by C.R. Roberts.
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/05/20/3202349/power-and-water-will-feds-allow.html

"Nobody seems quite sure of the answer: Will the federal government withhold services to the state, given the conflict between legally grown marijuana in Washington and a national drug policy that finds marijuana illegal?"

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/05/20/3202349/power-and-water-will-feds-allow.html#storylink=cpy

Clean Energy Finance Through the Bond Market: A New Option for Progress

Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation, April 2014.
http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2014/04/16-clean-energy-through-bond-market

"State and local bond finance represents a powerful but underutilized tool for future clean energy investment." Report discusses the barriers that are holding back widespread adoption of clean energy bonds and makes recommendations for development finance agencies seeking to tap their potential.


Project Profiles: Campus Wind Power [Appalachian State University, NC]

Home Power Magazine, Jun./Jul. 2014, by Brent Summerville.
http://www.homepower.com/articles/wind-power/project-profiles/campus-wind-power

"Ten years ago, students at Appalachian State University (ASU) voted to enact a new student fee with the sole purpose of funding renewable energy installations on campus. In 2009, the student-led ASU Renewable Energy Initiate (REI) commissioned its flagship wind installation on the highest and windiest spot on campus. Poised in the background of the football stadium, the highly visible Northwind 100 turbine brought wind energy back to Boone, North Carolina—a town that hosted the experimental 2 megawatt MOD-1 wind turbine in the late 1970s."

2014 Wind Turbine Buyer's Guide

Home Power Magazine, Jun./Jul. 2014, by Ian Woofenden & Roy Butler.
http://www.homepower.com/articles/wind-power/equipment-products/2014-wind-turbine-buyers-guide?v=print

"Without question, wind is a tough renewable energy resource to tap. The best wind resource is high above the ground, requiring tall towers. And it’s an unforgiving resource, pounding on the equipment, which needs to be robust and requires regular maintenance. Building machines that can be productive while withstanding the rigors of life at tower top is no easy task. Add to this that uneducated customers want to keep costs down, and we end up with unrealistic expectations and market pressure for lower-quality equipment. What’s a potential wind energy lover to do?"

Four Action Items Save Money and Energy at a Refinery

Compressed Air Best Practices, May 2014, by Hank Van Ormer.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/article/four-action-items-save-money-and-energy-refinery

"This case study shows just how a large facility, which grows over time, is the right situation for a compressed air system assessment. Most optimization opportunities are present and the potential for quick wins and very attractive project ROI’s is very high. Piping systems, upgrading air compressors and air dryers, leak surveys, end uses, are all areas which were improved in the compressed air system at this refinery."

Alleviate Your Energy Woes With Wireless Lighting Controls

Business Energy, May 2014, by Brent Protzman.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Alleviate_Your_
Energy_Woes_With_Wireless_Lighting_25497.aspx


"Commercial buildings in the United States have an installed base of 2.1 billion lamps—80% of which are linear fluorescent lamps. Despite the fact that lighting control strategies, including dimmers, occupancy sensors, timers, daylighting controls, and energy management systems (EMS), are acknowledged to yield very significant energy savings, fewer than 31% of these lamps are associated with any type of lighting controls in the field (Ashe et al. 2012)."

Demand Response Is Now Big Business

Business Energy, May 2014, by Lyn Corum.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Demand_Response_Is_
Now_Big_Business_25503.aspx


"While demand response programs can be traced back to the 1970s, the evolution of IT and data management technology has allowed utilities and independent system operators to greatly expand demand response programs in the last 10 years."

An Analysis of the Costs, Benefits, and Implications of Different Approaches to Capturing the Value of Renewable Energy Tax Incentives

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LBNL-6610E, May 2014, by Mark Bolinger. http://emp.lbl.gov/publications/analysis-costs-benefits-and-implications-different-approaches-capturing-value-renewable

(Page includes links to the report, as well as a summary page, and a 30 minute webinar presentation.)

"This report analyzes and compares the relative costs, benefits, and implications of capturing the value of renewable energy tax benefits in these three different ways – i.e., applying them against outside income, carrying them forward in time until they can be fully absorbed internally, or monetizing them through third-party tax equity investors – to see which method is most competitive under various scenarios.... and more."

Meeting Efficiency Codes without Compromising Design

The Construction Specifier, May 2014, by Stanley Yee.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/must-reads/meeting-efficiency-codes-without-compromising-design/

"Creating an effectively insulated envelope is necessary for buildings to meet the latest demands of ever-tightening energy codes. Innovative use of high-performance insulation technologies enables architects to achieve improved insulation performance using common building techniques without sacrificing aesthetics."

When Woody Biomass Brings Music to Your Ears!

TimberWest, Mar./Apr. 2014, by Barbara Coyner.
http://www.forestnet.com/TWissues/2014_march_april/biomass.php

"...did you know that a [Alaska] school district that utilizes woody biomass has saved enough money on heating and energy costs to hire a full-time music teacher AND build and heat a commercial greenhouse?"

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