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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.

 

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Putting the Potential Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar into Context

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Jan. 2017, by Galen Barbose.
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/putting-potential-rate-impacts

"Concerns about the potential impacts of net-metered PV on retail electricity prices have led to an array of proposals to reform rate structures and net metering rules for solar customers. These proposals have typically been met with a great deal of contention and often absorb substantial time and administrative resources, potentially at the expense of other issues that may ultimately have greater impact on utility ratepayers. Given those tradeoffs, this paper seeks to help regulators, utilities, and other stakeholders gauge how much attention ought to be given to evaluating and addressing the possible effects of distributed solar on retail electricity prices."


First Eleven Months of 2016: New Renewable Electrical Capacity Exceeds That From Gas, Oil, and Nuclear Combined

North American Clean Energy, Jan. 9, 2017.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/?action=article&id=25292

"According to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) monthly "Energy Infrastructure Update" (with data through November 30, 2016), renewable energy accounted for the majority (50.5%) of new U.S. electrical generation put into service during the first eleven months of 2016."

Battery-Based Energy Storage: The Renewable Power Proliferation Enabler

Renewable Energy Focus, Nov/Dec 2016, by David Blood. - scroll to pages 237-238.
http://www.e-ditionsbyfry.com/olive/ODN/RRF/Default.aspx?href=RRF/2016/11/01

"David Blood takes a look at the energy storage systems market and explores why they are so integral to renewable energy generation. Energy storage systems (ESS) are growing in importance as renewable energy sources like wind power, wave power and solar are being commissioned and connected to the grid at an ever-increasing rate. Energy Storage Systems are needed to help the grid deal with the instability and unpredictability of such power generation systems and match them to equally variable consumer demand."

Biomass Test Delayed at Boardman Coal Plant

East Oregonian, Dec. 30, 2016, by George Plaven.
http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/local-news/20161230/biomass-experiment-delayed-at-boardman-coal-plant

"Portland General Electric had planned to conduct a full-day test burn at the plant using nothing but woody debris by the end of December. However, as winter weather had Oregonians cranking up the heat, PGE needed all resources on deck to keep up with the surge in electricity demand."

A New Plateau: Broad Structural Changes are Reshaping the Utility Landscape

Rural Electric Magazine, Dec. 2017, by Reed Karaim.
http://remagazine.coop/technology-trends-reshaping-electric-utilities/

"We’re living in an era of rapid and sustained technological change that can sometimes feel like chaos. But many analysts say the recent spate of frenetic innovation is beginning to take shape into three primary trends that will ultimately reshape the electric utility industry.  ...identifies the three plates as increased consumer focus, with consumers becoming more aware of their power options and desires; distribution optimization, the result of smart-grid and other technologies that are vastly increasing the control and analytical capabilities of electric co-ops; and an evolution of the wholesale/retail model, which includes both the growth of distributed generation and evolving state regulations intended to further decentralize power generation.

Why Would A Hospital Consider Absorption Chillers?

Engineered Systems, Nov. 2016, by Marcia Karr.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/98005-why-would-a-hospital-consider-absorption-chillers

"While CHP is good, CCHP can be even better for your facility and its locale. The author surveys the potential benefits, building code input, and electrical considerations. After a couple of case studies, she then reviews considerable engineering re-sources the DOE provides for those contemplating a forward-looking but proven design."

Oregon Wave Energy Center Gets $40 Million for Test Facility

Power, Dec. 12, 2016, by Gail Reitenbach.
http://www.powermag.com/oregon-wave-energy-center-gets-40-million-for-test-facility/

"Oregon State University’s (OSU’s) Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) was awarded up to $40 million by the Department of Energy (DOE) on December 21 to create what the center calls the world’s premier wave energy test facility in Newport, Ore."

Utility of the Future: An MIT Energy Initiative Response to an Industry in Transition

MIT and IIT-Comillas, 2016.
http://energy.mit.edu/research/utility-future-study/

"The Utility of the Future brings together a diverse consortium of leading international companies to address emerging issues in the electric power sector, and provides a neutral framework within which to evaluate the economic, regulatory, and technological impacts of the ongoing evolution of the power sector worldwide. The study team from MIT and IIT-Comillas combines a breadth of skills in quantitative economic and engineering modeling, with a sophisticated understanding of the complex interactions in the electric power industry."

Outlooks for Wind Power in the United States: Drivers and Trends under a 2016 Policy Environment

NREL, Dec. 2016.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy17osti/67058.pdf

"Over the past decade, wind power has become one of the fastest growing sources of electricity generation in the United States. Cumulative wind capacity grew from about 9 gigawatts (GW) in 2005 to approximately 74 GW by year-end 2015. ....This trend indicates a clear increasing role for wind; however, significant variability in historical annual wind installations has occurred with year-to-year fluctuations in wind deployment strongly correlated to changes in energy policies, particularly the wind production tax credit (PTC) policy."

Optimizing Facility Operations with Cogeneration Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Nov. 2016, by Cynthia A. Callaway.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/optimizing-facility-operations-with-cogeneration-systems/24f783746b2e9d47202376525bd3d1f4.html

"A cogeneration system is not a single technology, but an integrated energy system that can be modified depending upon the needs of the energy end user. This type of system burns natural gas to simultaneously produce electricity and heat (see Figure 2). The heat is recovered from the combustion system's exhaust stream and converted into useful thermal energy, in the form of steam or hot water, which is either used directly or fed into an absorption chiller to provide cooling."
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