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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: Cogeneration


Combined Heat & Power Really Is The Answer

Engineered Systems, Oct. 2015, by Marcia Karr.

"In today's complex web of regulations, equipment and fuel options, and traditional threats to facility operations, it only makes sense to get up to speed on CHP."

What Boiler MACT Means to an Energy Engineer

Hudson Technologies, Oct. 15, 2015.

"Boiler MACT [Maximum Achievable Control Technology] is one of the first federal environmental regulations that have specifically called for conducting an energy assessment as a compliance activity. Energy assessments are nothing new; but how does integrating them into an environmental compliance activity impact the assessment process? As energy engineers, what can we learn from this new frontier?"

Building Climate Resilience in Native American Communities

Clean Energy Finance Forum, Oct. 9, 2015, by Kat Friedrich.

"In the Navajo Nation, electricity may be a fragile commodity as climate change intensifies. Other tribes in the United States face similar energy quandaries. The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced on Sept. 2 that it is requesting applications to co-fund renewable energy, energy efficiency, and combined heat and power to help increase the climate resilience of indigenous communities. The available funding is estimated to total around $4-6 million. Applications are due by Dec. 10."

Blades & Rotors [Turbines]

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2015, by Carol Brzozowski.{}

"Savings and reliability from turbines and microturbines."

Schools Save Energy with CHP

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, Aug. 3, 2015, by Jen Anesi.

"With elementary and secondary schools tightening their purse strings, and with post-secondary institutions seeing a drop in enrollment numbers over the past couple years, schools across the nation are looking for ways to cut costs. Increasingly, they are turning to cogeneration as a way to save money while also being more environmentally friendly. And, while cogeneration is still largely an industrial process, the market has significant potential for educational institutions coast to coast."

Understanding Cogeneration Systems

Pure Power (supplement to Consulting-Specifying Engineer), Summer 2015, by Jerry Schuett and David Cummingham.

"Cogeneration systems—also known as combined heat and power (CHP) systems—generate both electricity and usable thermal energy. These systems typically are used on campuses that have high heat load requirements." Describes three CHP system prime movers: back-pressure steam turbine, combustion turbine, and reciprocating engine.

Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency: Report to Congress

U.S. Department of Energy, June 2015.

"The industrial sector has shown steady progress in improving energy efficiency over the past few decades, and energy efficiency improvements are expected to continue..... There are barriers, however, that impede the adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices in the industrial sector. This report examines these barriers and identifies successful examples and opportunities to overcome these barriers."

Biogas-To-Energy Helps A New York Facility Toward Self-Sufficiency

Treatment Plant Operator, July 2015, by Doug Day.

"Ithaca’s clean-water plant has boosted biogas production and energy generation in a project that will yield $9 million in guaranteed savings over a 20-year contract. The Ithaca (New York) Area Wastewater Treatment Facility now generates nearly half its electricity on site, and the plant team hopes a new biogas system can eventually meet most if not all power needs."

Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency: Report to Congress

U.S. Department of Energy, June 2015.

"This report examines barriers that impede the adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices in the industrial sector, and identifies successful examples and opportunities to overcome these barriers. Three groups of energy efficiency technologies and measures were examined: industrial end-use energy efficiency, industrial demand response, and industrial combined heat and power. This report also includes the estimated economic benefits from hypothetical Federal energy efficiency matching grants, as directed by the Act."

Dubuque [IA] Resource Recovery Facility Keeps It Sustainable

Treatment Plant Operator, June 2015, by Doug Day.

"An Iowa city’s $38 million [wastewater treatment] facility renovation includes combined heat and power, biosolids reuse, effluent heat recovery, water-saving landscaping, and more."
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