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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.


Category: Lighting/Daylighting


Revolution Now: The Future Arrives for Five Clean Energy Technologies – 2016 Update

U.S. Dept. of  Energy, Sept. 2016.

"Decades of investments by the federal government and industry in five key clean energy technologies are making an impact today. The cost of land-based wind power, utility and distributed photovoltaic (PV) solar power, light emitting diodes (LEDs), and electric vehicles (EVs) has fallen by 41% to as high as 94% since 2008. These cost reductions have enabled widespread adoption of these technologies with deployment increasing across the board."

Is An LED Right For Your Next Retrofit Project?

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Aug. 2016, by Tom Divine.

"As LED illumination technology improves in efficiency, reliability, and quality, building owners become interested in cost-effective ways to apply LED lighting in their facilities. In many cases, retrofitting existing fluorescent or incandescent luminaires will be an attractive alternative to wholesale fixture replacement. This article explores the effects of some of the applicable codes on LED retrofit projects."

The Omnipresent and Omnipotent LED

Building Operating Management, Aug. 2016, by Naomi Millan.

3-part article explaining the synergy between LEDs and the Building Internet of Things:
Part 1: LEDs Are An Ideal Platform for the Building IoT
Part 2: Common IoT Applications for LED Lighting Systems
Part 3: SIDEBAR: Overcoming Privacy Concerns With Network Lighting Systems

Next Generation Standards: How the National Energy Efficiency Standards Program Can Continue to Drive Energy, Economic, and Environmental Benefits

ACEEE, Aug. 4, 2016, by Andrew deLaski, Joanna Mauer, et. al.

"Appliance, equipment, and lighting standards have been among the most effective energy efficiency policies, delivering increased savings over multiple rounds of standards for many products. But how much more can be accomplished? What is the potential for additional savings from future standards, specifically for the presidential administration that begins in 2017? This report estimates the savings opportunities from updates to existing standards. We also offer five strategic recommendations for improving the national standards program and further increasing savings."

Energy Dept. Announces $19 Million in Building-Efficiency Investments

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning, Jun 2016.

"The U.S. Energy Department recently announced it is investing $19 million in advanced building technologies intended to lower utility bills, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, and create jobs."

Eugene Evaluating Safety of LED Lights

The Register-Guard, July 11, 2016, by Christian Hill.

"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."

Think Outside the Troffer

Buildings, Jun. 2016, by Robert Nieminen.

"Upgrading outdated, inefficient troffer lighting is not as complex or costly as you think."

Pushing the Envelope: PNC Tower, World's Greenest High-Rise, Is A Study In Simplicity

Building Operating Management, Apr. 2016, by Ronald Kovach.

"For all the complexity of its systems and building envelope, the structure that is being touted as the greenest high-rise in the world is also a study in simplicity. The Tower at PNC Plaza, which opened in October in Pittsburgh, is using that most primal of objects — the sun — to help create essential building systems, namely HVAC and lighting. And a gigantic solar-fired version of another fundamental — hot air rising up a chimney — is also a vital part of how the building works. At the same time, it is the sun that has created the structure’s biggest surprises."

Efficiency Is Only the Start: Technology, Design Advances Are Driving High-Performance Lighting

Building Operating Management, Apr. 2016, by Rita Tatum.

"High-performance lighting designs aim to satisfy occupants while they slash energy use."

LED Codes and Standards

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Apr. 2016, by Tom Divine.

"Clients are asking lighting designers to help them save on energy costs, and replacing fluorescent, HID, or other lights with LEDs is in high demand. This article looks at the codes and guidelines that define LED use."
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