Articles for July 9, 2012
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The following two articles were published in the May 2012 issue of
Distributed Energy; they illustrate divergent views on the status of energy efficiency in the data center
the Energy Hogs," by Lori Lovely, emphasizes the
need for even more attention to energy efficiency in data centers and offers
suggestions about how to continue to offer reliable power to satisfy increasing
needs while still holding down energy consumption. Facebook and others are cited as
having developed several effective efficiencies which are described.
and Reliability," by Dan Rafter, reports the
views of the sales and marketing director of NetRiver, a company that is a
service provider for high density server colocation. Among other things, he sees a trend
away from energy efficiency as the recession recedes, replaced by an urgency to
Course: High-Efficiency Plumbing Systems for Commercial and Institutional
Buildings" can be read as an excellent, in-depth, stand-alone
article that can, also, be an opportunity to gain Continuing Education credit;
it was published in the June 2012 issue of
Building Design + Construction.
SOLAR – includes POLICY
Scientists Develop Underwater Solar Panels,"
by staff, was posted on June 13, 2012, on the Good website. This is considered a breakthrough for
shedding light on all kinds of underwater research that are otherwise severely
Auction Off Your Sunny, Unused Roof Space,"
by staff, was posted on June 12, 2012, on the Good website. This is an interesting opportunity
for homeowners to sell space on their sunny roofs to companies in need of power.
Vision Study: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Potential for U.S. Solar
Electricity Generation" is a two-page, June 2012, fact sheet from the DOE
(U.S. Department of Energy) SunShot Initiative.
It describes the 320-page full
SunShot Vision Study
and, additionally, links to a page with links to many information resources on
solar including the study featured here.
Two new fact sheets and one guide on community-focused solar development are
Community Access to Solar: Designing and Developing a Shared Solar Photovoltaic
System" is a one-page, June 2012, fact sheet by Molly
Riddell, NREL; it was published by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This is a guide for those interested
in developing community-wide solar power.
It is meant to assist community organizers, utilities, and local
Your Community With Solar: Overcoming Market and Implementation Barriers"
is a one-page, June 2012, fact sheet by Molly Riddell, NREL; it was published by
the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
The successful Solarize Portland (Oregon) program is the model for groups of
consumers and for utilities and local governments to use as they plan solar
projects, purchase solar systems, and alter market possibilities in favor of
expanding solar in the future.
Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments," Second Edition,
is a 172-page, January 2011, report, by staff; development and publication was
funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
This is meant to be a comprehensive resource on the topic.
RESIDENTIAL EFFICIENCY STRATEGIES
Stay Cool, Save Money is a website, revised (and re-named) seasonally, from the
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office of the U.S. Department of Energy. The site is now offering many tips
for energy savings for the warmer months.
and the Smart Grid: Accelerating Progress"
is a seven-Web-page article written by Allan Schurr, Vice President for Energy
and Utilities, IBM, and published in the June 2012 issue of
Fortnightly's Spark. This discussion of the topic includes
attention to next-generation batteries, microgrids, smart grid, and renewables. Denmark is cited for both using
renewables (mostly wind) for 20% of its power and for its strong commitment to
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