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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


Fully Measuring the Non-Energy Dollar

ACEEE, May 29, 2014, by Christopher H. Russell.
http://aceee.org/blog/2014/05/fully-measuring-non-energy-dollar

"ACEEE is now building on earlier research to quantify the dollars provided by non-energy benefits. The ideal outcome is to amass sufficient data from past energy improvements to statistically infer non-energy benefits. We think this effort will require the collaboration of multiple utility jurisdictions, culling through the project feasibility data generated by past and future energy programs."

Meeting Efficiency Codes without Compromising Design

The Construction Specifier, May 2014, by Stanley Yee.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/must-reads/meeting-efficiency-codes-without-compromising-design/

"Creating an effectively insulated envelope is necessary for buildings to meet the latest demands of ever-tightening energy codes. Innovative use of high-performance insulation technologies enables architects to achieve improved insulation performance using common building techniques without sacrificing aesthetics."

Greening the Strip [Las Vegas]

EcoBuilding Pulse, Apr. 30, 2014, by Hallie Busti & Annie Milewski.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/technology/vegas-properties-cash-in-on-sustainable-design_o.aspx

"The sea of resorts, shopping centers, and convention halls located just outside Las Vegas’ city limits may be notorious for its excess, but some of The Strip’s biggest developers are now looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact. The result is infusing a new kind of green—from LED lamps to geothermal heat pumps—into a region with limited natural resources."

FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces Commitments and Executive Actions to Advance Solar Deployment and Energy Efficiency

White House Press Release, May 9, 2014.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/09/fact-sheet-president-obama-announces-commitments-and-executive-actions-a

"Today, President Obama announced more than 300 private and public sector commitments to create jobs and cut carbon pollution by advancing solar deployment and energy efficiency."

Change Is in the Air: How States Can Harness Energy Efficiency to Strengthen the Economy and Reduce Pollution

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Apr. 2014.
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/e1401.pdf

"This study evaluates the implications of using end-use energy efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. It does so by quantifying the energy, economic, and pollution-reduction impacts of selected energy-saving policies on a state-by-state basis. We evaluate four of the most common and effective energy efficiency policy options available to a state:
  • Implement an energy efficiency savings target
  • Enact national model building codes
  • Construct combined heat and power systems
  • Adopt efficiency standards for products/equipment"

Ban LEED?

Environmental Design + Construction (EDC), Apr. 2014, by Michael J. Berning.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95534-ban-leed

"LEED has positively and permanently transformed building design and construction. The integration of LEED with this sector of our economy has led to a substantial increase in the availability of recycled content and environmentally safer products; options for waste diversion and material reuse; energy- and water-efficient equipment; and a whole list of additional positive changes—a nearly complete market transformation in less than two decades! So why is the ACC (American Chemistry Council) so focused on making certain LEED is not used anymore? More importantly, why must you get involved?"

Employing Best Practices for Increasing Data Center Efficiency

NEMA Electroindustry, Apr. 2014, by David Sonner.
http://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NEMA/g40829_nema_ei_apr14/#/18

"The data center is one of the most dynamic and critical operations in any business. Complexity and criticality have only increased in recent years as data centers experienced steady growth in capacity and density, straining resources and increasing the consequences of poor performance." Article discusses six approaches to improve performance.

Rethinking Daylighting [in Schools]

High Performing Buildings, Spring 2014, by Robert Anthony Hans & Kenny Stanfield.
http://www.hpbmagazine.org/File%20Library/Case%20Studies/Spring%202014/030-037_LED.pdf

"When designers of the first net zero energy school in the U.S. considered how they would approach the lighting design differently using today’s LED technology, the results extended far beyond just switching out the lightbulbs. The hypothetical redesign of Richardsville (Ky.) Elementary classrooms involves rethinking the daylighting design based on the evolution of LED lighting and the cheaper cost of photovoltaics (PV)."

Reducing Environmental Impact with Coatings

The Construction Specifier, Apr. 2014, by Ranking Jays.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/masterformat/reducing-environmental-impact-with-coatings/

"Coatings are in no way meant to replace insulation, but they can make an effective contribution in reducing the downstream environmental impact by reducing energy usage. With new coatings in the market, and more coming in every day, these products are contributing to energy savings and reducing energy dependency."

Industrial Energy Efficiency: Designing Effective State Programs for the Industrial Sector

State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network, Mar. 2014.  Prepared by A. Goldberg, R. P. Taylor, and B. Hedman, Institute for Industrial Productivity.
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/seeaction/pdfs/industrial_energy_efficiency.pdf

Report "provides state regulators, utilities, and other program administrators with an overview of U.S. industrial energy efficiency programs delivered by a variety of entities. The report assesses some of the key features of programs that have helped lead to success in generating increased energy savings and identifies new emerging directions in programs that might benefit from additional research and cross-discussion to promote adoption."

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