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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


AEE Columbia River Chapter Announces "Wrench of the Year" Award Winners

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), Dec. 10, 2015.
http://www.aeecenter.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=4610

"The Columbia River Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers   (AEE CRC), a professional organization dedicated to implementing   energy efficient technologies, announced the winners of Wrench of the Year Award 2015: Dan Wagner, plant engineer and maintenance  manager at Brentwood  Corporation; and Don Eaton, plant engineer  at the Portland facility of Darigold."

Benchmarking Building Energy Use

ASHRAE Journal, Nov. 2015, by David N. Schurk.
http://tinyurl.com/z3ykvaz

"When considering how to improve a building's energy footprint, it is critical to understand how the building is performing. Benchmarking can help to compare the building's energy performance to something similar, such as the like performance of  the building at the same time last year, or the like performance compared to similar facilities (peer buildings) elsewhere. Several simple benchmarking approaches used today will provide insight to help identify energy consumption."

12 Ways to Save Energy in Data Centers

Building Operating Management, Nov. 2015, by Steve Ryan and Robert Huang. [Scroll to page 48 of the journal, or page 53 of the PDF.)
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/bom/graphics/15/11/bo1115.pdf

"These proven strategies offer best practices that can be applied in many data centers."

An Inside Look at Cradle to Cradle Certification

Buildings, Oct. 2015, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19417/title/an-inside-look-at-cradle-to-cradle-certification/viewall/true.aspx

"Have you found that trying to purchase sustainable products could be a job in and of itself? When you really need to focus on energy and water conservation, it’s hard to find the motivation to assess a manufacturer’s green claims. After all, you’re not a toxicologist, chemist, or lab technician. What you really need is verification that a product was sourced and manufactured in a responsible way, has no exposure risks for occupants while in use, and has reclamation options that will save it from the landfill."

13 Tips for [Green] Certification Success

Buildings, Oct. 2015, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19422/title/13-tips-for-certification-success/viewall/true.aspx

"Is your organization about to launch its own certification effort? Take charge and make sure your facility gets the designation it deserves with these 13 tips from FMs, consultants and green building experts who have already walked the walk."

Renewables Poised to Deliver Climate Solution

North American Clean Energy, Nov. 2015.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/21891/renewables-poised-to-deliver-climate-solution

"Emission reductions from renewables, coupled with energy efficiency improvements, must be at the heart of any effort to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). REthinking Energy 2015 – Renewable Energy and Climate, finds that achieving a 36% share of renewable energy by 2030 would result in half of all emission reductions needed to maintain a two degree pathway. Energy efficiency measures could supply the rest."

Energy Efficiency Could Cut Decarbonizing Costs by $2.8 Trillion

Energy Efficiency Markets.com, Nov. 25, 2015, by Elisa Wood.
http://energyefficiencymarkets.com/energy-efficiency-could-cut-decarbonizing-costs-by-2-8-trillion/

"Energy efficiency can reduce the cost of decarbonizing the economies of the U.S. Brazil, China, Europe, India, and Mexico by up to $250 billion per year, according to a new report.“How Energy Efficiency Cuts Costs for a 2° C Future.”"

How to Buy Energy Efficient Holiday Gifts — and then Make them Even More Efficient

Energy Efficiency Markets.com, Nov. 19, 2015.
http://energyefficiencymarkets.com/how-to-buy-energy-efficient-holiday-gifts-and-then-make-them-even-more-efficient/

"Okay, energy insiders. Here’s a chance to really cement your reputation as the family geek by buying energy efficient holiday gifts.  Noah Horowitz offers the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) 2015 Electronics Holiday Shopping Guide. It includes information on how to make gadgets and games even more energy efficient after you bring them home."

HVAC Contractors Prepare for DOE Efficiency Mandates

Air Conditioning/Heating/Refrigeration News, Oct. 18, 2015, by Joanna R. Turpin.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/130794-hvac-contractors-prepare-for-doe-efficiency-mandates

"At the beginning of the year, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) minimum efficiency standards for residential air conditioners and heat pumps went into effect, dividing the country into three regions — North, South, and Southwest. The standards dictate that contractors in the latter two regions are allowed to install 13-SEER heat pumps and air conditioners until mid-2016 (or until supplies run out); then, they must only offer 14-SEER (or higher) equipment. Many HVAC distributors in those regions stocked up on 13-SEER equipment ahead of the deadline and are happy to see that their bets paid off as the inventory flew off the shelves."

Fact Sheet: Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2015)

Environmental and Energy Study Institute, Nov. 6, 2015.
http://www.eesi.org/papers/view/fact-sheet-jobs-in-renewable-energy-and-energy-efficiency-2015

"This fact sheet examines employment in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors in the United States and around the world."

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