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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.

 


Elegant Engineering: Economical, Large-Scale Biodiesel Production

Biodiesel Magazine, Jan./Feb. 2014, by Ron Kotrba.
http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/articles/9483/elegant-engineering

"A recently issued U.S. patent, the culmination of more than five years of lab-scale and pilot-plant research at Texas Tech University [by Uzi Mann], provides simplicity and holds great promise for economical, large-scale biodiesel production."

Planning for District Energy, CHP and Microgrids: A Checklist for Campus Administrators

District Energy, First Quarter 2014.
http://www.districtenergy-digital.org/districtenergy/2014Q1?pg=38#pg38

"Owners and operators of multibuilding campuses face significant pressure to reduce operating and capital costs, maintain reliable services and become better stewards of the environment. To meet these challenges, an increasing number of campuses are turning to district energy, combined heat and power and/or microgrids. Effective planning ... will enhance the likelihood that savings associated with the power usage and climate control needs of individual buildings will be realized and that the central plant and distribution system can be ideally located."

Business Energy Provides a Sound Strategy for Peak Shaving & Power Security

Business Energy, Jan./Feb. 2014, by Ed Ritchie.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Business_Energy_Provides
_a_Sound_Strategy_for_Peak_24311.aspx


Article discusses energy reliability and energy storage solutions such as gensets, and combined heat and power.

New Ways to Manage Air Flow and Cooling for Data Centers

Business Energy, Jan./Feb. 2014, by Lyn Corum.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/New_Ways_to_Manage_Air
_Flow_and_Cooling_for_Data_C_24313.aspx


"Profiles of three new data centers—Orlando Health in Florida, Avnet Inc. in Arizona, and BendBroadband in Oregon—illustrate the revolutionary changes that have improved data center energy efficiency and return on investment."

A Penny Saved... Recent Advances in HVAC System Controls and Operational Efficiency

Business Energy, Jan./Feb. 2014, by Daniel P. Duffy
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/A_Penny_Saved__24310.aspx

"A properly operating heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is a lot like a football lineman. When it is running perfectly, you don’t even know it is there. Recent advances in efficiency, operating controls, durability, and “smart” applications can make your HVAC system even more unnoticeable."

New Energy Efficiency Standards for External Power Supplies to Cut Consumers’ Utility Bills

U.S. Department of Energy Press Release, Feb. 3, 2014.
http://energy.gov/articles/new-energy-efficiency-standards-external-power-supplies-cut-consumers-utility-bills

"The Energy Department today announced new efficiency standards for external power supplies. Over the next 30 years, these standards will help cut carbon pollution by nearly 47 million metric tons – equivalent to the annual electricity use of 6.5 million homes – and save families and businesses nearly $4 billion on their energy bills."

Seattle Building Energy Benchmark Analysis Report, 2011/2012

Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment, Jan. 2014.
http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/OSE/EBR-2011-2012-report.pdf

"Seattle is currently one of nine cities and two states in the nation that have enacted energy benchmarking disclosure policies aimed at increasing energy efficiency in the existing building stock through data access and transparency. In 2013, Seattle completed the Energy Benchmarking and Reporting program ramp-up phase by collecting whole-building annual energy use for commercial and multifamily buildings 20,000 square feet or larger. This first report summarizes program outcomes, building characteristics, trends, and recommendations."

Snohomish PUD Kicks Off Stanwood Energy-Saving Competition

Snohomish County PUD Press Release, Jan. 29, 2014.
http://www.snopud.com/newsroom.ashx?p=1102&173_na=252

On Feb. 3, 2014, "Snohomish County Public Utility District will launch a new community-based Stanwood Energy Challenge, in which two teams of eight businesses each will compete to see which can save more energy." This is a behavior based energy efficiency pilot program, partially funded by the Bonneville Power Administration.

When 20% of Your Workforce is Retiring: Employment Challenges for Electric Power

Hydro Review, Jan. 2014, by Alan Hardcastle & Sally Zeiger Hanson.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-33/issue-1/article/when-20-of-your-workforce-is-retiring-employment-challenges-for-electric-power.html

"Between now and 2018, about 17% of the current electric power workforce in the Pacific Northwest is expected to retire, and it is becoming more challenging to fill open positions. What are employers to do?"

Super Bowl's Green Stadiums: MetLife and Others Tackle Energy Efficiency

National Geographic, Feb. 1, 2014.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2014/02/pictures/140201-super-bowl-xlviii-2014-green-stadiums/

"MetLife Stadium will light up in bright orange, blue, and green lights when the Denver Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.  The striking display that rings the top of the stadium is powered by LED light bulbs, which are already energy-efficient—but they are made even more so by the power source that runs along the same track. The 1,350 solar panels installed on the ring can generate enough electricity to power the colorful lights and other operations."
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