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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.

 


Study: Price of Wind in the U.S. at All-Time Low

Wind Systems, Sept. 2014.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/727/study-price-of-wind-in-the-us-at-all-time-low

"Wind energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The prices offered by wind projects to utility purchasers averaged just $25/MWh for projects negotiating contracts in 2013, spurring demand for wind energy."

The full LBNL report, 2013 Wind Technologies Market Report, is available at http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2014/08/f18/2013%20Wind%20Technologies%20Market%20Report_1.pdf

The State Clean Energy Cookbook: A Dozen Recipes for State Agency Action on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, Sept. 2014.
http://www.naseo.org/Data/Sites/1/stc-hoover-report-bk_v3-draft-9-5-14.pdf

"On September 11, 2014, at the NASEO Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia, former U.S. Senator Jeff  Bingaman announced the release of The State Clean Energy Cookbook: A Dozen Recipes for State Action on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  The development of the bipartisan report was led by former Senator Jeff Bingaman and former Secretary of State and Treasury George Schultz under a joint study by Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy.  The report highlights several great state energy best practices examples."

National Green Building Adoption Index 2014

CBRE and Maastricht University, 2014.
http://www.cbre.com/o/international/AssetLibrary/Green-Building-Adoption-Index-2014_Final.pdf

"To quantify and understand the dynamics of this growing marketplace for 'green' buildings, we engaged an academic research team...to conduct this study. Their work, the first published results of the CBRE Real Green Research Challenge, is the initial broad effort to map the adoption of  'green' space in the 30 largest U.S. commercial office markets. This publication provides the inaugural results of the Green Building Adoption Index."

Green Building Report [Energy Benchmarking]

Building Operating Management, Sept. 2014, by Helen J. Kessler.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/How-Energy-Benchmarking-Ordinances-Can-Help-Facility-Managers-Save-Money--15275

A 5-part article:

Part 1: How Energy Benchmarking Ordinances Can Help Facility Managers Save Money
Part 2: Understanding Energy Benchmarking Ordinances
Part 3: Strategies To Reduce Operating Costs Using Energy Benchmarks
Part 4: Energy Benchmarking Is First Step To Savings For Chicago High Rise
Part 5: New Operations and Maintenance Credits in LEED v4


Designed to Inspire: Saint Martin’s University Cebula Hall: Lacey, WA

High Performing Buildings, Fall 2014, by Marc Gleason and others.
http://www.hpbmagazine.org/case-studies/educational/bafd0747-ac5b-46f5-b3de-5ca268cbca9a

"What does it take to inspire students to pursue careers that tackle some of the toughest engineering challenges of the 21st century? Saint Martin’s University is placing its bets that first-hand experience with sustainable systems will be a key motivator. At Cebula Hall, engineering students can analyze and program photovoltaic panels, and get an up-close look at the building’s exposed structural elements. The LEED Platinum building, which opened in 2012, was completed for a modest $225/ft2 and boasts an energy use intensity (EUI) of 18.25 kBtu/ft2. One energy- and cost-saving measure involved the selection of wood framing over steel."

How Advanced Pumped-Storage Technologies Contribute to the System

Hydro Review, Sept. 2014, by Vladimir Koritarov, and others.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-33/issue-7/articles/how-advanced-pumped-storage-technologies-contribute-to-the-system.html

"Flexible operating characteristics and versatility of services provided by pumped-storage hydropower technologies make them ideally suited to support large-scale integration of variable renewable resources and improve the reliability of power systems, a recent study concludes."

The full report from Argonne National Laboratory, Modeling and Analysis of Value of Advanced Pumped Storage Hydropower in the United States, is available at http://www.dis.anl.gov/projects/psh/ANL-DIS-14-7_Advanced_PSH_Final_Report.pdf
 

Compressed Air Challenge: Maintaining Peak Compressed Air Efficiency

Maintenance Technology, Sept. 2014, by Ron Marshall.
http://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2014/09/compressed-air-challenge-maintaining-peak-compressed-air-efficiency/

"A well-maintained [compressed air] system will provide an uninterrupted supply of cool, clean and dry compressed air at a stable and appropriate pressure in the most efficient manner possible. Poorly maintained systems have frequent system shutdowns, heat or moisture problems, exhibit system pressures that fluctuate wildly at levels that are too high to produce efficiently, and typically waste air due to leakage.  ...here are several key maintenance-related points to consider for trouble-free compressed air system operation."

Modular Heating Water Boilers

Engineered Systems, Sept. 2014, by Steven G. Liescheidt.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96742-modular-heating-water-boilers

"Modular boilers have come a long way in the past few years, along with load-matching strategies. Improving efficiencies, navigating critical tight spaces, and allowing for future growth are three reasons this option is heating up."

A Starring Role For Universal City [Hotel] Retrofit

Engineered Systems, Sept., 2014, by Tony Ghaffari.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96738-a-starring-role-for-universal-city-retrofit

"A Hilton in the heart of show biz transformed into a sustainable destination hotel with the help of chiller and cooling tower overhauls and improved BAS and ventilation strategies. Don’t miss the final plot twist before the system’s big launch party."

Energy Efficiency Advocates Optimistic About PACE Program [Texas]

The Texas Tribune, Oct. 7, 2014, by Jim Malewitz.
http://www.texastribune.org/2014/10/07/pace-loan-program-energy-efficiency-gains-momentum/

"PACE [Property Assessed Clean Energy] allows commercial and industrial property owners to use a property tax lien to finance energy efficiency upgrades like solar panels and water recycling systems. PACE programs bill an owner through the lien and forward payments to a private lender. Under a smooth-running program, property owners pay less than what they save on their energy bills. If a property is sold, the new owner inherits the debt — a rule meant to further reduce the risks of investment."

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