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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.


SmartGridCity Pricing Pilot Study: Impact Evaluation Results, 2011-2013

Excel Energy, Dec. 6, 2013.

Reports on an Excel Energy pricing study. "The primary objective of the pilot was to assess the customers' willingness to modify electricity use in response to price, thereby yielding peak demand reductions and energy savings."

U.S. Energy Department, Pay-Television Industry and Energy Efficiency Groups Announce Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement

U.S. Department of Energy News, Dec. 23, 2013.

"The U.S. Energy Department, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) announced non-regulatory energy efficiency standards for pay-TV set-top boxes that will result in significant energy savings for more than 90 million U.S. homes. These new standards – developed through a non-regulatory agreement between the pay-TV industry, the consumer electronics industry and energy efficiency advocates – will improve set-top box efficiency by 10 to 45 percent (depending on box type) by 2017, and are expected to save more than $1 billion on consumer energy bills annually."

One Small Step for Energy Efficiency: Targeting Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

ACEEE, #IE1401, Jan. 6, 2014, by Daniel Trombley.

New Research Report from ACEEE. "This report surveys energy consumption and barriers to energy efficiency for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMM), and then describes several leading energy efficiency programs that address those barriers." (Requires free registration to view full report.)

10-year Trials Show 10-ton Yields for Miscanthus in Illinois

Biomass Magazine, Dec. 26, 2013, by Sue Retka Schill.

"Illinois researchers reported results from a decade of field trials with miscanthus, the first plots to be planted in the U.S. The average annual yield of miscanthus grown in seven Illinois locations over a period of eight to 10 years was 10.5 tons per acre, compared with 4.5 tons per acres for switchgrass grown in the side-by-side trials."

Technology Solutions for New Manufactured Homes: Idaho, Oregon, and Washington Manufactured Home Builders

U.S. Department of Energy, EERE, DOE/GO-102013-4106, Nov. 2013.

A new factsheet about the Building America Case Study on Whole-House Solutions for New Homes, High Performance Manufactured Home Prototyping and Construction Development Project.

Code Watch: The IECC Remains Strong

Green Builder, Dec. 2013, by Mike Collignon and Bill Fay.

News on the International Energy Conservation Code proceedings.
"Mechanical equipment tradeoffs were removed in 2009, but certain parties have been trying to put them back into the code ever since. And here's how HERS fits in."

Commissioning buildings, systems using ASHRAE Standard 202

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Dec. 2013, by Terrence Malloy, PE, CxA

"ASHRAE Standard 202-2013 was recently released, which offers guidance on the building commissioning process."

To Save Energy We Must Also Save Water

Insulation Outlook, Nov. 2013, by Jessica Kennedy.

"The connection between energy and water, often referred to as the "energy-water nexus," is collecting attention from business leaders, policy makers, and citizens alike. In short, this term refers to the close link between water and energy. Water is used in nearly every aspect of energy production. Saving energy will save water, and saving water will save energy."

Test Case for Universities

High Performing Buildings, Winter 2014, by Kevin D. Mussler, P.E.

"Researchers at the University of Kentucky's Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) Renewable Energy Laboratory investigate energy technologies to improve the environment. The building, on the leading edge of laboratory design, serves as a test case for envelope, lighting and HVAC energy efficiency strategies that may be implemented in future university buildings."

For Better Or For Worse...R-22 RIP: The nuts and bolts of choosing a suitable refrigerant replacement

A two part article:
Heating, Plumbing, Air Conditioning, by Dave Demma Part 1 discusses the importance of having an R-22 replacement strategy, while Part 2 discusses choosing an R-22 replacement and the process of implementing the conversion.
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