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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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Yes, Saving Energy is Cheaper than Making Energy

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Environment, Jan. 27, 2016, Annie Gilleo.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/01/yes-saving-energy-cheaper-making

"Utilities have options when it comes to meeting customer demand for electricity. They can build power plants to convert fossil fuels to energy. They can capture renewable resources like solar and wind. And they can work with residents and businesses to lower demand by implementing energy efficiency programs."

U.S. Wind Sees Second Strongest Quarter in History, Ready for 2016

Into the Wind (AWEA Blog), Jan. 27, 2016, by Hannah Hunt.
http://www.aweablog.org/u-s-wind-sees-second-strongest-quarter-in-history-ready-for-2016/

"The fourth quarter numbers are in, and they are impressive: the U.S. wind industry recorded its second strongest quarter in history. Combined with the best policy certainty it’s ever known, American wind is poised for a take-off."

Gas-Fired DG Showdown: Microturbines, Fuel Cells, or Reciprocating Engines?

Power, Oct. 2015, by Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/gas-fired-dg-showdown-microturbines-fuel-cells-or-reciprocating-engines/

"If you’re looking to generate distributed power with gas, your options are broader than ever, with a range of efficient, clean-burning technologies to chose from. Knowing which option is the right one depends on a balance of site constraints, fuel supplies, and environmental oversight."

Outside-the-Box Renewable Energy Microturbines

Power, Oct. 2015, by Kennedy Maize.
http://www.powermag.com/outside-the-box-renewable-energy-microturbines/

"Rooftops with arrays of tiny wind-powered microturbines and hydro microturbines generating power as water flows through municipal drinking water systems or the outflow of municipal sewage treatment systems?  They’re real."

Emergency and Standby Power in Hospitals

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Oct. 2015, by Vahik Davoudi.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/emergency-and-standby-power-in-hospitals/be2ba7589929868a4ea191a27e56730b.html

"Consulting engineers who specify emergency power equipment understand that installations for hospitals are required to comply with NFPA 110 in conjunction with NFPA 70. System designers must interpret the requirements of these standards, ensure their designs follow them, and educate their clients about how the standard affects their operations."

Standby Power: Generating Answers

Engineered Systems, Sep. 2015, by Tom Faucette and Sara Lappano.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97311-standby-power-generating-answers

"As terms like big data, business resiliency, and the “internet of things” enter our lexicon, the availability of power has evolved as one of the hottest topics in facility management and engineering. When discussing the uptime of an electrical system, the conversation starts with the utility company and then almost immediately goes to on-site generation. Depending on your building type and loads, on-site generation facilities can take on many different topologies and sources. We are going to focus on generators, using both natural gas and diesel generators and how to successfully determine which fuel type and system topology makes sense for different facility and load types."

Proof of Concept: Community Solar is Ready to Soar Despite Complications

Solar Industry, Sep. 2015, by Sara E. Bergan and Andrew P. Moratzka.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1509/FEAT_05_Proof-Of-Concept-Community-Solar-Is-Ready-To-Soar-Despite-Complications.html

"Minnesota's turmoil over solar gardens provides a laboratory for handling similar efforts across the U.S."

New Standard Bridges the Gap in Commissioning [Windpower]

North American Windpower, Sep. 2015, by Ron Widup.
http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW1509/FEAT_01_New-Standard-Bridges-The-Gap-In-Commissioning.html

"A new electrical standard defines expectations and performance during wind farm commissioning." ANSI/NETA ECS-2015 Standard for Electrical Commissioning Specifications for Electrical Power Equipment and Systems (NETA ECS)

Organic Rankine Cycle Systems - The Latest Innovative Approach to Geothermal Energy

North American Clean Energy, Sep./Oct. 2015, by Anthony Hinde.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/21321/organic-rankine-cycle-systems-the-latest-innovative-approach-to-geothermal-energy

"With the worldwide hunt for new sources of green energy, it becomes practical to create electrical energy from geothermal sources at much lower temperatures than previously envisaged. Today, Independent power producers (IPP’s) in the USA, Turkey, Latin America, and Southeast Asia are developing thousands of MW from resources at maximum 200°C (392°F) bottom hole temperature. The main technology used for the exploitation of these lower temperature geothermal sources is the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC), a binary cycle with organic fluid. The ORC system has proven to be the best power generating solution when the enthalpy level of the heat source is low."

WSU to Help Improve Cyber Security in Energy Delivery

WSU News, Oct. 12, 2015, by Tina Hilding.
https://news.wsu.edu/2015/10/12/wsu-to-help-improve-cyber-security-in-energy-delivery/

"Washington State University will participate in a new, five-year $28.1 million U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) initiative to improve computer/communication networks for energy delivery systems like power grids and pipelines."
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