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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.


Putting the Potential Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar into Context

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Jan. 2017, by Galen Barbose.
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/putting-potential-rate-impacts

"Concerns about the potential impacts of net-metered PV on retail electricity prices have led to an array of proposals to reform rate structures and net metering rules for solar customers. These proposals have typically been met with a great deal of contention and often absorb substantial time and administrative resources, potentially at the expense of other issues that may ultimately have greater impact on utility ratepayers. Given those tradeoffs, this paper seeks to help regulators, utilities, and other stakeholders gauge how much attention ought to be given to evaluating and addressing the possible effects of distributed solar on retail electricity prices."


Creating a Sustainable Commute with Electric Vehicles and Workplace Charging

DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Jan. 12, 2017, by Sarah Olexsak.
https://energy.gov/eere/articles/creating-sustainable-commute-electric-vehicles-and-workplace-charging

"In 2016, the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market exceeded expectations. Despite another year of unusually low gasoline prices averaging $2.24 per gallon, there are now more than half a million PEVs quietly zipping around U.S. streets. While PEVs are on the rise nationally, the Energy Department’s (DOE’s) Workplace Charging Challenge made big strides in 2016 as well."


Where Canadian Hydro is Heading

Hydro Review, Dec. 2016, by Michael Harris.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-35/issue-10/cover-story/where-canadian-hydro-is-heading.html

"With a number of significant projects in development, turnover in the federal government, commitments to international policies, and more impacting Canadian hydropower, the sector is as vibrant and dynamic as ever. We asked three industry experts to offer their views on where the Canadian hydro market is going and reflections on the past year with an eye toward trends and issues that could spread beyond Canadian borders."

Can Energy Efficiency and Health Industries Bring Momentum Mainstream?

E4TheFuture Blog, Jan. 12, 2017, Julie Michals.
http://e4thefuture.org/blog/can-energy-efficiency-and-health-industries-bring-momentum-mainstream/

"When E4TheFuture decided to explore the health co-benefits of energy efficiency in its November 2016 white paper Occupant Health Benefits of Residential Energy, we had a particular reason for doing so. Our initial focus was to document studies that could help inform cost-effectiveness screening—specifically, to help make the case that important health co-benefits of efficiency exist, and their value is not $0. We were excited to piggyback on a broader research effort undertaken by the US DOE."

How District Energy Improves Building Performance

District Energy, 1st Qtr 2017, by David Trigg.
http://www.districtenergy-digital.org/districtenergy/2017q1?sub_id=DOwgMT0rNL8TV&folio=20&pg=22#pg22

"System operators can expand their service offerings -- and remain relevant in today's marketplace -- by helping customers manage building energy use."

Electricity End Uses, Energy Efficiency, and Distributed Energy Resources Baseline

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Jan. 2017.
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/electricity-end-uses-energy

"Berkeley Lab contributed a foundational analysis underlying the QER [DOE Quadrennial Energy Review]—a detailed analysis of electricity consumption by market sector, including cost, technology, and other trends. It looked at energy efficiency and distributed energy resources, like rooftop solar, and their impact on electricity supply and demand. [This] report, Electricity End Uses, Energy Efficiency, and Distributed Energy Resources Baseline, also describes the benefits of these resources as well as barriers to their adoption by examining a number of policies and programs. An appendix to the report reviews innovations in evaluation, measurement and verification to assess their impact."

100% of Electric Dutch Trains Now Run on Wind Power

Wired, Jan. 11, 2017, by Victoria Woollaston.
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/dutch-trains-wind-power

"Every electric train on the Dutch railways NS network now gets 100 per cent of its energy from wind energy. NS Dutch Railways has partnered with energy company Eneco to use its wind turbines to generate the energy needed to power all of its electric trains. The pair had hoped to achieve this milestone by 2018 but managed the feat as of January 1 this year."

First Eleven Months of 2016: New Renewable Electrical Capacity Exceeds That From Gas, Oil, and Nuclear Combined

North American Clean Energy, Jan. 9, 2017.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/?action=article&id=25292

"According to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) monthly "Energy Infrastructure Update" (with data through November 30, 2016), renewable energy accounted for the majority (50.5%) of new U.S. electrical generation put into service during the first eleven months of 2016."

Trends in Hydronics

HPAC Engineering, Dec. 2016, by John Vastyan.
http://hpac.com/piping-pumping/trends-hydronics

"Innovations aimed at enhancing energy efficiency, improving system performance, and prolonging equipment life."

Net Metering’s Confusing Future

Energy Manager Today, Jan. 9, 2017, by Carl Weinschenk.
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/net-meterings-confusing-future-0129594/

"There is confusion about changes to net metering rules.... Businesses like certainty. Those considering big solar investments are less likely to move forward until there is more clarity on the long-term future of net metering. Some might go forward even if the compensation limits are cut. But others, almost certainly, will bow out."
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