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Mobile Pyrolysis Technology Demonstration on May 8

May 2014: The Washington State University Energy Program is part of partnership funding a mobile pyrolysis technology demonstration on May 8 at the SDS Lumber Facility in Bingen, Wash. This free demonstration, sponsored by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, will convert wood chips into bio-oil, bio-char and syngas.

According to the story in Biomass magazine, this project sets out to “support technologies that are ready to move from research and development to commercialization, and to educate local residents and other interested parties about the potential for wood energy to provide rural jobs and create markets for biomass sourced from overstocked eastern Washington forests.”

This event is funded by the USDA Forest Service in partnership with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Department of Commerce, Washington State University Energy Program, Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Energy.

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U.S. DOE EERE Publishes New Case Study by the Building Science Team

April 2014: A new case study by our building science team, “Evaluating Energy Savings in All-Electric Public Housing in the Pacific Northwest,” was published by the U.S. DOE, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program, Building Technologies Office.

This case study documents research recently completed by the WSU Energy Program into whole-house energy-efficiency enhancements at the Salishan mixed-income neighborhood in Tacoma, Wash.

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Success of RePower Program Recognized by U.S. Department of Energy

March 2014: The U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, recently published a success story about the RePower Program administered by the WSU Energy Program.

The article, "Washington: Sustainability Training for Realtors in High Demand," says, in part, "Demand has been high for a free and accredited Sustainability Training for Accredited Real Estate Professionals (S.T.A.R.) course. Offered in partnership with RePower Kitsap, EERE’s Better Buildings Initiative, the Washington State University Energy Program, and Conservation Services Group, the S.T.A.R. course prepares real estate professionals to market and sell new and remodeled “green” homes."

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WSU Energy Program Completes Ventilation Effectiveness Study for NEEA

March 2014: The Pacific Northwest Ventilation Effectiveness Study, a research project commissioned and funded by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), was recently completed by the WSU Energy Program building science team. This research promises to change the conversation about ventilation system performance in airtight homes.

The unique feature of this study is that the tested homes represent the top tier of house tightness in any sample of new homes. Air leakage ranged from just over three air changes per hour at 50 Pascals (ACH50) to less than one. In addition, five different types of ventilation systems were tested in a range of home tightness configurations.

To learn more, please contact Ken Eklund, Principal Investigator and Manager.


2013 Workforce Research Reinforces Need to Reinvigorate Energy Industry

January 2014: Washington State University will debut the first online professional master’s degree program in electrical power engineering this fall. The need to train more engineers for work in the power and energy industry is acute because nearly half of the current engineers could retire soon and the power engineering education system in the U.S. is weakening, according to a 2006 U.S. Department of Energy report.

A robust body of work by the WSU Energy Program’s workforce development team led by Alan Hardcastle closely examines this issue from a regional angle. “Two of our recent reports, Workforce Challenges of Electric Power Employers in the Pacific Northwest and The Power Engineering Workforce in Washington and the Pacific Northwest: Opportunities and Challenges, reinforce for Washington state and the region the national trends reported in the 2006 DOE report,” Hardcastle says.

As members of the Evergreen Jobs Leadership Team, the WSU Energy Program workforce development team advises the Governor and policy makers on federal investments in green economy and energy-related research, workforce education, and training investments. In addition, they serve on the advisory board of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College.


Congratulations to Washington Industrial Energy Leaders

December 2013: Governor Jay Inslee presented awards to Washington industries that are leading our state toward an energy efficient future!  

2013 Governor’s Award Recipients

Leadership by Example

Fitesa Washougal, Inc., Washougal

Leadership in Energy Performance

Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products, LLC, Camas

Honorable Mention for Leadership in Energy Performance

ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston, Paterson

Leadership in Innovation

Cardinal Glass Industries, Tumwater

Honorable Mention for Leadership in Innovation

Nippon Paper Industries USA Co., Ltd, Port Angeles

2013 Utility Sponsor’s Award Recipients

Leadership in Innovation

Cardinal Glass Industries, Tumwater
Sponsoring Utility: Puget Sound Energy

Leadership in Innovation

Sonoco Products Company, Sumner Mill
Sponsoring Utility: Puget Sound Energy

Leadership by Example

Microsoft Corporation, Redmond
Sponsoring Utility: Puget Sound Energy

Leadership in Energy Performance

Foster Farms, Kelso
Sponsoring Utility: Cowlitz PUD

Congratulations to all of our 2013 Industrial Energy Leaders!


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