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The WSU Energy Program Library prepares this current awareness blog with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. These articles highlight energy-related news, articles, and reports about energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy for energy professionals and interested members of the public.


The City Of Las Vegas Is Now Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy

Huffington Post, Dec. 20, 2016, by Hayley Miller.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-city-of-las-vegas-is-now-powered-entirely-by-renewable-energy_us_58594291e4b0b3ddfd8ea4e8

"Las Vegas just became the largest U.S. city to rely solely on green energy to power its municipal facilities. All Las Vegas city facilities ― from government buildings to streetlights ― are now running entirely on renewable energy, city officials have announced."

Bioenergy Byproduct to Soil Savior [Biochar]

Biomass Magazine, Nov. 2016, by Anna Simet.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/13803/bioenergy-byproduct-to-soil-savior

"Production and sale of biochar at biomass-using plants can result in significant financial gains, but the industry is still working at building its myriad of potential markets."

Want to Improve Wind and Solar Power? Bring Them Together

Ensia, Nov. 7, 2016, by Ben Jervey.
https://ensia.com/articles/renewable-energy-wind-solar/

"By combining intermittent renewable energy sources through hybrid projects, developers are taking advantage of the strengths of each."

Smart Grid Standard Adopted by International Organization for Standardization

ASHRAE, Dec. 14, 2016, by Jodi Scott.
https://www.ashrae.org/news/2016/smart-grid-standard-adopted-by-international-organization-for-standardization

"A smart grid standard published earlier this year by ASHRAE and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has been approved as an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard. ANSI/ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201-2016, Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM), provides a common basis for electrical energy consumers to describe, manage and communicate about electrical energy consumptions and forecasts."

Floating PV: A Novel Approach To Solar

Solar Industry, Dec. 2016, by Bernard Prouvost.
http://issues.solarindustrymag.com/article/floating-pv-a-novel-approach-to-solar

"As solar power becomes increasingly affordable, accessible and prevalent around the world, new technologies and methods of installation are emerging. Specifically, floating solar PV is becoming a competitive and viable niche in the solar market that offers a water-based alternative to traditional PV installed on the ground, rooftops or carports."

Specifying HVAC Equipment in Critical Environments

The Construction Specifier, Dec. 2016, by Matt Strong.
https://www.constructionspecifier.com/specifying-hvac-equipment-in-critical-environments/

"Cleanrooms present unique design challenges because they must meet specific requirements that go beyond what is encountered in a typical commercial space. When specifying HVAC equipment in a critical environment such as a cleanroom, engineers must consider the key issues of air filtration, humidity control, and pressurization. While a specifying engineer may have experience with these issues in the context of a traditional commercial application, the considerations are substantially different in a cleanroom."

Calculating Economics of HVAC Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Dec. 2016.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/calculating-economics-of-hvac-systems/3d4582c584ab8a0192fda3f906d67a07.html

"Codes and standards, equipment efficiencies, energy modeling, commissioning, energy-conservation incentive programs, and lifecycle cost analysis all play into determining the economics of HVAC systems. Included are key aspects a mechanical engineer may need to consider when specifying HVAC systems into new or existing buildings, with a focus on the economic analysis provided to the client."

Marijuana Growers Are Seeing the (LED) Light on Energy Efficiency

Utility Dive, Dec. 14, 2016, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/marijuana-growers-are-seeing-the-led-light-on-energy-efficiency/431991/

"Commercial growers in Washington state are cutting their power bills in half with LEDs — and earning huge utility rebates for installation"

Utility of the Future: An MIT Energy Initiative Response to an Industry in Transition

MIT and IIT-Comillas, 2016.
http://energy.mit.edu/research/utility-future-study/

"The Utility of the Future brings together a diverse consortium of leading international companies to address emerging issues in the electric power sector, and provides a neutral framework within which to evaluate the economic, regulatory, and technological impacts of the ongoing evolution of the power sector worldwide. The study team from MIT and IIT-Comillas combines a breadth of skills in quantitative economic and engineering modeling, with a sophisticated understanding of the complex interactions in the electric power industry."

Home RX: The Health Benefits of Home Performance: A Review of the Current Evidence

Prepared by the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) for the U.S. Dept. of Energy, EERE, Dec. 2016.
https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/sites/default/files/attachments/Home%20Rx%20The%20Health%20Benefits%20of%20Home%20Performance%20-%20A%20Review%20of%20the%20Current%20Evidence.pdf

"The home performance industry supports whole-house solutions to improve home energy use and enhance indoor air quality and environmental conditions. Numerous studies have evaluated the effects of a range of residential energy efficiency and green renovation work on indoor environmental quality and occupant health. However, there has not been a systematic review of such studies to summarize current knowledge and identify research gaps."
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