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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.

 


Retrofitting Steam Boilers For Large Health Care Projects

Engineered Systems, Mar. 2016, by Gary Hamilton.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97621-retrofitting-steam-boilers-for-large-health-care-projects

"Replacing boilers for health care facilities provide many benefits to central utility plant operation; the newer boilers are more energy efficient, more sustainable, and more fuel-efficient than older boilers."

Savings From the Sun: How to Use Solar Energy to Offset Upgrade Costs [Wastewater Treatment Plant]

Treatment Plant Operator, Apr. 2016, by Doug Day.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2016/04/how_to_use_solar_energy_to_offset_upgrade_costs

"Solar energy helps an updated Maryland wastewater treatment plant cut utility power costs. A blower upgrade will soon follow."

Wind Plant Modeling Data Essential to Interconnections

North American Clean Energy, Mar/Apr 2016, by Jim Smith.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/22730/wind-plant-modeling-data-essential-to-interconnections

"Wind power developers often are not aware until the last minute before submitting an interconnection application that they are required to provide computer modeling data. Ignorance, in this case, certainly isn’t bliss, but a little awareness can make the process a lot less painful."

7 Tips to Maximize LED Retrofits

Buildings, Apr. 2016, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/20087/title/7-tips-to-maximize-led-retrofits/viewall/true.aspx

"Get your money’s worth out of your lighting upgrade."

Facility Retrofit: Zero Waste Manufacturing

Facility Executive, Mar/Apr. 2016.
 https://facilityexecutive.com/2016/04/zero-waste-manufacturing/

"In Rochester, NY, Diamond Packaging [folding carton manufacturer] improved recycling rates and explored Energy-from-Waste to boost sustainability at two facilities."

Grist Q&A: Can you grow pot with LED lights?

Grist, Apr. 21, 2016, Umbra.
http://grist.org/living/can-you-grow-pot-with-led-lights/

"Can marijuana be grown as effectively under LED lighting and proper climate control rather than energy-sucking heat lamps?"

Optimized Power-Demand Control System for Electric Motors

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning Engineering, Mar. 2016, by Alexander L. Burd and Galina S Burd.
http://hpac.com/motors-drives/optimized-power-demand-control-system-electric-motors

"During off-design load conditions, use of variable-frequency drives (VFDs) reduces electric-motor power demand. At design and near-design loads, however, it has the opposite effect. Widespread application of VFDs, then, might cause an increase in the design power demand of electric utilities, forcing them to administer mandatory consumer power-demand-shedding programs. An increase in design power demand over installed power capacity might lead to other negative consequences, such as electric-utility power outages, consumer productivity losses, and increased environmental pollution. This article demonstrates how automatic switchover from VFD control mode to VFD-bypass control mode and back can help to mitigate, if not eliminate, these negative impacts."

This Earth Day, Let’s Look at How Much Energy We’ve Been Using

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Apr. 22, 2016, by Rachel Cluett.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/04/earth-day-let-s-look-how-much-energy

"Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, and that got us thinking about how households used energy back then. What did they use it for? Do we follow the same conventional wisdom for saving energy in our homes today, even though there are some obvious differences in the types of devices we use now?  We were curious to dig in and see how energy use has changed over the past 35+ years, and how that change shapes our efforts to conserve."

FM Alert: ASHRAE, AIA Look To Future Of Energy Efficiency

Facility Executive, Apr. 2016.
https://facilityexecutive.com/2016/04/ashrae-aia-look-to-future-of-energy-efficiency/

"Building on past outreach, ASHRAE and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing them to working together in a variety of built environment areas."

Green Building Report: Energy Benchmarking Ordinances

Building Operating Management, Mar. 2016, by Jenny Carney.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/What-You-Need-To-Know-About-Energy-Benchmarking-and-Disclosure-Ordinances--16501

"The spread of energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinances across the U.S. has been one of the more interesting developments around sustainability and existing buildings. But the ordinances themselves aren’t the whole story. Along with those regulations is a growing array of programs and tools that can help facility managers make the most of benchmarking by improving the energy efficiency of their buildings."

A 5-part Article:
Part 1: What You Need To Know About Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Ordinances
Part 2: Benchmarking: Opportunities for Finding Energy Efficiency
Part 3: SIDEBAR: Benchmarking Ordinance Results
Part 4: SIDEBAR (Exclusive online only): Benchmarking Tips and Resources
Part 5: USGBC Perspective: Top 10 States for LEED

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