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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: Power Generation

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The Future of Distributed Generation

Rural Electric Magazine, Aug. 2016, by Reed Karaim.
http://remagazine.coop/future-of-distributed-generation/

"Electric cooperatives have a long history of integrating distributed generation (DG) sources. But if you want a glimpse of the future of DG, you’ll find it in the wooded hills and valleys of northern Vermont, where Vermont Electric Cooperative is already living with challenges many co-ops will eventually face."

NARUC Rate Design Manual Reignites Debate Over Cost Shift, Value of Solar

Utility Dive, Aug. 4, 2016, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/naruc-rate-design-manual-reignites-debate-over-cost-shift-value-of-solar/423586/

"Regulators around the country are refereeing heated debates between utilities and distributed resource advocates. A guidebook is in the works to help them, but general agreement on its approach masks persisting disagreements between the two camps."

Many Industries Use Combined Heat and Power to Improve Energy Efficiency

Energy Collective, Jul 28, 2016.
http://www.theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2383773/many-industries-use-combined-heat-and-power-to-improve-energy-efficiency-2

"Combined heat and power (CHP) systems have long been used to reduce the overall energy intensity of industrial systems. There are two types of combined heat and power, depending on whether the system produces power first, then heat, or heat first, then power. In topping cycles, the hot exhaust of an electricity generator such as a natural gas turbine or reciprocating engine is used to provide process heat, hot water, or space heating for the site. According to preliminary 2015 data, topping cycles are used by 89% of total CHP capacity. In bottoming cycles, also referred to as waste heat to power, wasted heat from a furnace or other high-temperature industrial processes is recovered and used for power production."

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."

Applying Combined Heat and Power Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, June 2016, by Rodney V. Oathout.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/applying-combined-heat-and-power-systems/6209f622802ca8a577b34246b4fc074a.html

"Cogeneration systems, often referred to as combined heat and power (CHP) systems, generate both electricity and thermal energy. As they become more common in the United States, engineers must understand the nuances and design strategies for successful application."

Real-world Research at Wanapum Dam

Hydro Review, May 2016, by Yannick Baril, Maxim Bergeron, Jose Figueroa, and Jeff Niehenke.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-35/issue-4/articles/real-world-research-at-wanapum-dam.html

"Repair work at Grant County Public Utility District's Wanapum Dam in Washington offered an uncommon chance to perform studies on operating machinery."

U.S. Microgrid Market Development

Power Magazine, May 2016, by Gail Reitenbach.
http://www.powermag.com/u-s-microgrid-market-development/

"Microgrids have been around for decades, but today, more potential customers, owners, technologies, and vendors than ever are part of the market. Increased interest in this special grid resource means there’s more competition, which is generally a good thing, but there are also new challenges."

New Cogen System Triples Energy Output from Biogas at Oregon WWTP

Biomass Magazine, May 2015, by Katie Fletcher.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/13229/new-cogen-system-triples-energy-output-from-biogas-at-oregon-wwtp

"On May 4, Clean Water Services, Energy Trust of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Energy formally announced the implementation of a new cogeneration system that converts wastewater and grease into renewable energy. The innovative system, which is part of Clean Water Services Durham Treatment Facility, is the third cogeneration system in Oregon to codigest fats, oils and grease (FOG)."

North American Wind Power Fast Facts

enerG, Mar/Apr 2016.
http://www.altenerg.com/_resources/back_issues/mar-apr-2014/enerG.MA.2014.NA.WindPower.FastFacts.pdf

"enerG Magazine's authoritative feature on the leading U.S. states Canadian provinces in wind power, and the largest wind power projects in the U.S. and Canada." 

GE is Building America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Wind Systems Magazine, Apr. 2016.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/1183/ge-is-building-americas-first-offshore-wind-farm

"New wind farms added more than a quarter of total new power generation capacity in the United States between 2010 and 2014, reaching 75,000 MW at the end of last year. With the exception of China, no other country has more. However, despite America’s abundance of coastline, its wind farms spin exclusively on shore. But that’s about the change."
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