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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.

 


Symphony of the Microgrid at an Urban University

BioCycle, July 2014, by Marsha W. Johnston.
http://www.biocycle.net/2014/07/16/symphony-of-the-microgrid-at-an-urban-university/

"The University of California San Diego’s microgrid produces 92 percent of its annual electricity load and 95 percent of its heating and cooling load. A fuel cell powered by directed biogas is a cornerstone of the operation."

Digested Dairy Manure to High-End Potting Soil

BioCycle, July 2014, by Nora Goldstein.
http://www.biocycle.net/2014/07/15/digested-dairy-manure-to-high-end-potting-soil/

"An anaerobic digester development company launched a bagged potting soil product to utilize digested dairy manure fibers and improve long-term success of facilities....when falling rates for renewable energy and the loss of the federal Investment Tax Credit grant hit at the same time."

4 Things to Consider Before Predictive Maintenance Programs

ThomasNet.com, July 30, 2014, by Paul Leavoy.
http://news.thomasnet.com/IMT/2014/07/30/4-things-to-consider-before-predictive-maintenance-programs/

"Industrial companies have realized that it pays to be sustainable, literally. It is not just a noble act; we want to do it because mitigating energy and water waste is mitigating costs and improving profit. Here, LNS Research describes how predictive maintenance equals to sustainable manufacturing."

10 Easy Maintenance Tips To Save Cooling-Tower Energy

Maintenance Technology, July 2014, by Baltimore Aircoil Co.
http://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2014/07/10-easy-maintenance-tips-save-cooling-tower-energy/

"Did you know that simple cooling-tower maintenance techniques could help your facility save up to 15% on its electricity costs? Routine preventive maintenance also can help conserve water and extend the operating life of your cooling equipment."

Energy Management 101: Smart Submetering and Data Logging

Buildings, July 2014, by Christopher Curtland.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17625/title/energy-management-101-smart-submetering-and-data-logging.aspx

"You can’t manage what you don’t measure. And if you’re measuring your building up against today’s efficiency pacesetters, then data logging and submetering can take you the extra mile."

Battle of the Kilowatts: Challenge Occupants to Reduce Energy with Games and Competitions

Buildings, July 2014, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17610/title/battle-of-the-kilowatts.aspx

"The relationship facility managers have with tenants can be a wary one at best, fraught with skirmishes over space heaters, thermostat settings, and light levels. But with the growing impact of plug loads, building owners need to recognize that human behavior can make or break an efficiency program."

Destination: Certification: 6 Steps to Navigate LEED 2009 and v4 for Existing Buildings

Buildings, July 2014, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17640/title/destination-certification.aspx

"For the next 11 months, your LEED for Existing Buildings certification plans will face a fork in the road. Projects can register under either LEED 2009 or v4 until June 2015, when the field narrows to just v4. So which is best for your facility? Whichever path you’re on, it’s vital that you chart smart. Consider these six steps to lay out the best route to certification success."

USDA, DOE and EPA Release Biogas Opportunities Roadmap

Biomass Magazine, Aug. 2014, by Erin Voegele.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/10761/usda-doe-and-epa-release-biogas-opportunities-roadmap

"The USDA has published its Biogas Opportunities Roadmap, a document that builds on progress made to date to identify voluntary actions that can be taken to reduce methane emissions through the use of biogas systems. It outlines strategies to overcome barriers limiting further expansion and development of a robust biogas industry in the U.S. The USDA also noted that the roadmap supports the U.S. dairy industry’s 2008 goal to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25 percent by 2020."

Understanding Renewable Energy Feed-in-Tariffs

North American Clean Energy, Jul/Aug 2014, by Justin R. Boose & Samantha Leavitt. (Scroll to page 8.)
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/magazine/julaug_2014/index.html

"One promising approach to encouraging the production of renewable energy has been the implementation of feed-in-tariff (FIT) programs. A FIT is a mechanism whereby utilities make purchases from a generator--typically at fixed prices and under long-term contracts. Such programs help create a stable market for renewable energy investment by providing certainty regarding the terms and conditions for interconnection and the sale of power."

Pass the Mustard: Why Carinata is Taking Root as Biofuel

North American Clean Energy, Jul/Aug 2014, by Don Konantz.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/18236/pass-the-mustard-why-carinata-is-taking-root-as-biofuel

"This new kid on the biofuel block taking root is the carinata seed. Carinata is a leafy plant, originating in Ethiopia. Also referred to as Ethiopian mustard and Abyssinian mustard, it produces oil seeds that can be (and have been) used as a biofuel, which mimic the attributes of its petroleum-derived counterpart. The oil seeds also work in ground and air transportation engines, and without engine modifications or blending. To date, carinata has demonstrated agronomic success across 60 commercial sites and farms in the Canadian and the US prairies."

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