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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: Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency


How To Calculate Life-Cycle Costs and Justify Energy Efficient HVAC Upgrades

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2017, by Conrad Kelso and Phil Lebrun.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/hvac/article/How-To-Calculate-Life-Cycle-Costs-and-Justify-Energy-Efficient-HVAC-Upgrades--16971

"...a three-part article on how determining long-term costs can make energy efficiency more attractive to upper managers."

Reducing Data Center Energy Use Means Focusing on PUE, Air Flow, LEED

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2017, by David Lewellen.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/datacenters/article/Reducing-Data-Center-Energy-Use-Means-Focusing-on-PUE-Air-Flow-LEED---16968

"...a three-part article on how to make critical facilities more energy efficient."

Energy Efficiency Jobs in America: A Comprehensive Analysis of Energy Efficiency Employment Across All 50 states

Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) & E4TheFuture, Dec. 2016.
http://www.e2.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/EnergyEfficiencyJobsInAmerica_FINAL.pdf

"This analysis finds that most energy efficiency workers are at small companies with 25 or fewer employees. Forty percent of energy efficiency companies focus on installation, while another 26 percent are in trade and distribution. The remaining firms are in professional services, engineering and research, and other categories. The majority say they depend on the energy efficiency market for at least half of their revenue."

See data by State in Appendix:
Washington - pp. 116-117
Oregon - pp. 96-97
Idaho - pp. 48-49

Growing Energy Efficiency and How We Measure It

Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Jan. 3, 2017, by Tina Jayaweera.
http://www.nwcouncil.org/news/blog/ee-baseline/

 "Since 1978, the Pacific Northwest has successfully saved 6,000 average megawatts of electricity, and energy efficiency is now our second largest resource after hydropower. But, how do we know it’s grown that much? To begin with, to measure growth, you have to start with a fixed point. For the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, when we estimate the energy-efficiency potential for the region, we use a “frozen efficiency baseline” as our starting point. And the baseline is based on the efficiency of products available today."


Trends in the Program Administrator Cost of Saving Electricity for Utility Customer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Jan. 2017, by Ian M. Hoffman, Greg Leventis, and Charles A. Goldman.
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/trends-program-administrator-cost/

"This technical brief presents trends in the cost of saved electricity for energy efficiency programs between 2009 and 2013. We collected and analyzed more than 5,400 program years of data collected in 36 states from 78 administrators of programs funded by customers of investor-owned utilities. These administrators provide efficiency programs to customers of investor-owned utilities that serve about half of total U.S. electricity load."

Energy Efficiency Market Report 2016

International Energy Agency (IEA), 2016.
https://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/energy-efficiency-market-report-2016.html

"Often called the "first fuel" of the global energy system, energy efficiency is one of the most important steps that any government can take to move towards a sustainable energy system.. To check on the progress made on this front, the IEA Energy Efficiency Market Report tracks the core indicators of energy efficiency. This year, the report takes a new approach and expands the scope of analysis by examining the drivers of energy efficiency programmes in emerging economies, as well as the impact of those policies."

Predictions 2017: What the New Year Will Bring For Demand-Side Management

Utility Dive, Jan. 5, 2017, by Krysti Shallenberger.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/predictions-2017-what-the-new-year-will-bring-for-demand-side-management/433332/

"As we prepare for a new legislative and regulatory landscape, several industry insiders offered up predictions for coming trends in the utility sector. For demand response, these trends span the spectrum of home energy management to energy efficiency standards for marijuana growers."

Energy Professionals Invited To Amp Up EE Literacy With Videos, E-Course

Bonneville Power Administration Newsroom, Dec. 14, 2016.
https://www.bpa.gov/news/newsroom/Pages/Energy-professionals-invited-to-amp-up-EE-literacy-with-videos-e-course.aspx

"There’s energy efficiency and there’s intellectual efficiency. And at the intersection of EE and e-learning lies Conduit ED. The program, which began in 2015, offers e-courses that are akin to a “10-minute university” or TED Talk. They’re available on Conduitnw.org, an online community for energy efficiency professionals launched by BPA and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance in 2011. The e-courses are free of charge and available 24/7 to utility professionals wishing to quickly advance their understanding of a foundational area of BPA’s mission and identity with a minimum of effort."

California [Energy Efficiency] Computer Standards Boot Up Big Savings

Appliance Standards Awareness Project, Dec. 15, 2016, by Chris Granda.
http://www.appliance-standards.org/blog/california-computer-standards-boot-big-savings

"This week, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved first-in-the-nation energy efficiency standards for computers and computer displays, or monitors (CEC factsheet). These new standards, which reflect several years of collaborative work by the computer industry, California investor-owned utilities, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Consumer Federation of America, other consumer organizations, and regional energy efficiency organizations should help save energy worth billions of dollars each year that would otherwise be wasted by the desktops, laptops and other computer equipment that consumers and businesses use every day."

9th Annual Northwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit Coming Soon

Northwest Food Processors Association, Dec. 2016.
http://bit.ly/2017NWIEES

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon.  "The 9th annual edition of the Summit will again feature a dynamic range of topics to provide inspiring ideas for attendees. Speakers will join from around the regional and across the country to share detailed and overarching strategies to implement energy efficiency in manufacturing sites."
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