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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.

 


Is PACE Moving to Prime Time?

ACEEE, Jul 18, 2016, by Jim Barrett.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/07/pace-moving-prime-time

"One of the distinctions we often make between energy and energy efficiency is that energy acts more like a cost, and energy efficiency acts more like an investment. Like most investments, energy efficiency works by using an up front expense to generate a stream of economic benefits.... Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is a relatively new strategy for funding efficiency and renewable investments that is really starting to take off."

Smart Buildings Center Tool Lending Library

Smart Buildings Center, Jul 2016.
http://www.smartbuildingscenter.org/tool-library/

A project of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, the Smart Building Center (SBC) is hosting a "Tool Lending Library". The diagnostic tools are available to building owners and managers, as well as energy service professionals, for short term data collection on energy using equipment and systems in commercial and institutional buildings in Washington.

Commissioning and Design for 2016 Olympics

ASHRAE Journal, Jul 2016, by Ross D. Montgomery and Walter R. Lenzi.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2016July_014-019_Montgomery.pdf

"Beginning in 1994, the International Olympic Committee began to require environmental awareness as part of all Olympic Games. Over the years, the emphasis on sustainability grew, and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August is the latest example of the benefits gained by using these strategies. ASHRAE members and student members are a part of this high-profile project, as they provided commissioning and HVAC&R design services, especially at the Olympic Park. This venue is where most events will occur in Barra da Tijuca, located 21 miles (34 km) south of Copacabana beach."

Eugene Evaluating Safety of LED Lights

The Register-Guard, July 11, 2016, by Christian Hill.
http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/34502909-75/eugene-evaluating-safety-of-led-lights.html.csp

"Eugene city officials are evaluating the light emitted by new LED streetlights after the American Medical Association issued an official policy statement that it can be harmful to a person’s health."

Energy-Water Nexus Issues Heighten in the Face of Climate Change

ACEEE, Jul 8, 2016, by Steven Nadel.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/07/energy-water-nexus-issues-heighten

"ACEEE and many others have noted the importance of the nexus between energy and water issues. Energy is used to move, treat, and heat water. Water is vital for producing energy, such as for cooling electric generating plants. Insufficient water availability can increase energy use for pumping and decrease energy production. Flooding can damage both energy and water systems. And there are many opportunities to promote both energy and water efficiency at the same time."

Farm to Fleets: Manure Helps Chicago Startup Build Natural Gas Network

Chicago Tribune, Mar. 2016, by Ally Marotti.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/originals/ct-ampcng-opens-more-filling-stations-20160317-story.html

"Chicago startup AmpCNG launched at a farm in northwest Indiana that converted cow manure to renewable natural gas. Nearly five years later, that manure from Fair Oaks Farm is still a core part of the West Loop-based startup’s business. But its reach has grown. It now owns and operates 19 compressed natural gas, or CNG, stations in eight states, fueling the increasing number of vehicles that operate on the resource."

State & Future of the Power Industry

Public Utilities Fortnightly & Navigant, June 2016.
http://www.navigant.com/~/media/WWW/Site/Insights/Energy/2016/State-and-future-of-the-power-industry.pdf

Special Report: "What is the state and future of the electric utility industry? That’s a broad topic, much discussed and debated. This special report takes a unique approach to getting a handle on our present and where we’re heading."

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Technologies Get Boost Toward Market

Tri-City Herald, Jul 2, 2016.
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/pacific-northwest-national-lab/article87393392.html

"The Department of Energy has awarded PNNL in Richland about $4.4 million of a total $12 million given to national laboratories from the Technology Commercialization Fund of DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions. PNNL’s winning projects, all nearing commercialization, include:

▪  A solar system that converts natural gas into hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles.
▪  Making fertilizer from coal fly ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants.
▪  Self-powered acoustic fish-tracking tags for evaluating fish passage at dams.
▪  Material manufacturing techniques to make more durable, longer-lasting components for dams.
▪  A method to join aluminum parts made of different thicknesses and alloys for car manufacturing....and more."

President Obama Announces Winner of New Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute and New Manufacturing Hub Competitions

U.S. Department of Energy, June 20, 2016.
http://energy.gov/articles/fact-sheet-president-obama-announces-winner-new-smart-manufacturing-innovation-institute

"President Obama announced on June 20 that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Energy Department. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, the coalition brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners from across academia, industry, and non-profits—hailing from more than 30 states—to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can radically improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing. The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute is the ninth manufacturing hub awarded by the Obama administration."
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will lead a hub in the Northwest.

Reducing Energy Consumption with High-Temperature Heating and Ventilation

The Construction Specifier, May 2016, by Marc Braun.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/reducing-energy-consumption-with-high-temperature-heating-and-ventilation/

"The Department of Energy published a study, “Field Demonstration of High-efficiency Gas Heaters,” where it discussed how high-temperature heating and ventilation (HTHV) direct gas-fired heaters dramatically reduce energy consumption when replacing unit heaters in warehouses and other high-bay buildings. These direct-fired technologies—often referred to as ‘make-up air heaters’—have been widely adopted as high-efficiency ventilation units. The surprising thing is specialized versions of these products can accomplish high-efficiency space-heating when ventilation is not required, such as during unoccupied times."
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