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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.


Estimating Renewable Energy Economic Potential in the United States: Methodology and Initial Results

National Renewable Energy Lab, Aug. 2016 [NREL/TP-6A20-64503].

"This report describes a geospatial analysis method to estimate the economic potential of several renewable resources available for electricity generation in the United States."

What Are Microgrids, and Should Utilities Be Afraid of Them?

Solar Industry, Oct. 2016, by Geoff Sparrow.

"The emerging technology could serve as an asset for grid modernization and the transition to cleaner power."

Liftoff for Drones: New Law Frees Co-ops To Begin Operational Drone Use

Rural Electric Magazine, Sept. 2016, by John Vanvig.

"With technological constraints and regulatory uncertainties slowing their takeoff, utility UAS use has languished. But thanks to a recently signed federal law allowing their use by utilities, rapid advances in range and data-handling capabilities, and the public’s becoming more comfortable with UAS presence, experts expect UAS deployments to soar."

Looking North for Solutions [Canadian Windpower]

Wind Systems Magazine, Sept. 2016, by Jean François Nolet.

"For years, Canada’s wind-energy industry has had the potential to expand its market through exports to the United States, but it is only now — bolstered by a perfect storm of supply-and-demand drivers — that the opportunity is finally becoming concrete."

New NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center Led by WPI Aims to Dramatically Reduce Energy and Water Use by Improving Industrial Drying

Worcester Polytechnic Institute News, Oct. 4, 2016.

"Funded by the National Science Foundation, the new center will attack one of the most energy-intensive processes [industrial drying] in manufacturing; its research could help save 200 trillion BTUs of energy in United States each year."

For Utilities Hoping to Unlock Smart Grid Opportunities, Data Is the Key

Utility Dive, Oct. 5, 2016, by Robert Walton.

"Having a smart meter installed doesn't mean an electric customer is interested in, or aware of, clean energy products and services. Conversely, new research shows plenty of consumers without advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) want a smart thermostat, time-varying electric rate or other new offering from their utility. How can utilities bridge that gap and connect these customers to smart grid opportunities? "

PNNL’s Rosenberg Honored For Work In Energy Efficiency Standards

Tri-City Herald, Sept. 30, 2016.

"Michael Rosenberg, a building codes scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been elected to the rank of fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers."

Green Building, Without LEED [Multifamily]

EcoBuilding Pulse, Oct. 3, 2016, by Barbara Ballinger.

"A Charlotte, N.C., low-rise incorporates energy-efficient features but eschews the expense and time associated with green certification."

Luminous Bike Lane Opened in Poland

Next Nature Network (Amsterdam), Oct. 4, 2016, by Monika Kozub.

"TPA Instytut Badan Technicznych in Pruszkow designed the first luminous bike lane, that opened last week near Lidzbark Warminski in the Mazury region. 'The material we used for the track gives light for over ten hours. That means the road can radiate throughout the whole night and reaccumulate light the following day' Igor Ruttmar from TPA says."

Green Financing Programs for Multifamily Take Off

EcoBuilding Pulse/Apartment Finance Today, Oct. 3, 2016, by Jerry Ascierto.

"Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) want to make it easier, and more cost effective, for multifamily owners to go green."
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