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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.

 


ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holiday [Texas]

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, May 2015.
http://comptroller.texas.gov/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx96_1331/

"During Memorial Day weekend, Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales and use taxes on purchases of certain energy efficient products." 

Saving Energy This Memorial Day

U.S. Department of Energy, May 2015, by Erik Hyrkas. http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/saving-energy-memorial-day

"The first summer holiday is just around the corner, and we know what’s on your minds for your Memorial getaway---fun in the sun, BBQs, and great family getaways to the beach. So how do we get ready for all of the excess fun, and fare with energy efficiency in mind?"

Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Increase Energy Efficiency of Schools, Offices, Stores and other U.S. Buildings

U.S. Department of Energy News Release, May 5, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-invests-6-million-increase-energy-efficiency-schools-offices-stores

"As part of the Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings and double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department today announced nearly $6 million to accelerate energy efficiency in offices, shops, schools and other buildings that will help businesses and communities save money, create jobs, and reduce pollution. In total, the eight competitively-selected projects will receive $6 million and with private sector cost sharing reach a total investment of $12.5 million."

Kirkland [WA] Has The World’s Greenest Road

KUOW.org, May 19, 2015, by Hannah Burn and Kim Malcolm.
http://kuow.org/post/kirkland-has-world-s-greenest-road?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social_Media&utm_campaign=051915_environment

"A short street in Kirkland has earned the honor of being the greenest road in the world -- at least by one measure.  The Greenroads Foundation, based in Seattle, evaluates roads worldwide – including in Taiwan, New Zealand and the United Emirates. Washington state looks good on the foundation's site, with five of the six “silver-certified” projects located here."

Baseline Energy Modeling Approach for Residential M&V Applications

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Report #E15-288, May 11, 2015.
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/baseline-energy-modeling-approach-for-residential-m-v-applications.pdf?sfvrsn=4

"This report provides the results of analytical research on establishing a method for developing a robust energy baseline regression model and evaluation of how the model performed on the electric interval dataset from NEEA’s Residential Building Stock Analysis metering study."

Hydronics 101

ASHRAE Journal, May 2015, by Jeff Boldt and Julia Keen.
http://tinyurl.com/lqbkj67

"This article focuses solely on the basics related to configuration, layout, and major system components of hot water and chilled water systems as an introduction to hydronics for those new to the design industry. "


2015 ASHRAE Technology Award: Net Zero Ready School

ASHRAE Journal, May 2015, by Brian Haugk and Brian Cannon.
http://tinyurl.com/m47tvb6

"Valley View Middle School in Snohomish, Wash., is a new three-story, 168,000 ft2 (15 600 m2) facility that replaced a much smaller and outdated building. Mirroring the district’s commitment to resource conservation, the design team used the Living Building Challenge as a guide for defining its sustainable approach."

NREL Highlights 2014 Utility Green Power Leaders

National Renewable Energy Laboratory New Release, May 2015.
http://apps3.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/news/news_template.shtml?id=2034

"The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its assessment of leading utility green power programs. Using information provided by utilities, NREL has developed "Top 10" rankings of utility green power programs for 2014 in the following categories: total sales of renewable energy to program participants, total number of customer participants, the percentage of customer participation, and green power sales as a percentage of total utility retail electricity sales."

EIA Launches Redesigned International Energy Portal

U.S. Energy Information Administration, May 18, 2015.
http://www.eia.gov/pressroom/releases/press421.cfm

"Today, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) launched a redesigned International Energy Portal to improve access to international energy data and trends in global energy markets."

Building on the Foundations of ISO 50001 for Greater Energy Efficiency

Environmental Leader: Environmental & Energy Management News, Apr. 20, 2015, by Alexandra Ortiz.
http://www.environmentalleader.com/2015/04/20/building-on-the-foundations-of-iso-50001-for-greater-energy-efficiency/

"The new International Standard requires an Energy Management System to be effective."

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