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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


Energy Department Recognizes 11 Manufacturers for Energy Efficiency Achievements

U.S. Department of Energy, Oct. 2, 2014.
http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-recognizes-11-manufacturers-energy-efficiency-achievements

"Building on the Administration’s efforts to double energy productivity and help American businesses save money by saving energy, the Energy Department today recognized 11 companies that have met ambitious energy-efficiency goals through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program."

Smart Grid Master Planning at NC State: Centennial Campus Already a Smart Grid R&D Leader

District Energy, Third Quarter 2014, by Ben Dombrowski.
http://www.districtenergy-digital.org/districtenergy/2014Q3?pg=14#pg14

"North Carolina State University recently commissioned a smart grid master plan to guide the development of integrated, efficient and optimized utility services on its research campus."

Stay in Control: Specifying Building Automation Systems for Cost Savings

The Construction Specifier, Sep. 2014, by Kevin Callahan.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/stay-in-control-specifying-building-automation-systems-for-cost-savings/

"In the same way today’s mobile phones have capabilities far beyond traditional telephones, modern building automation systems (BAS) have added many benefits transcending their original roots in heating and cooling control. Today’s BAS help facility professionals obtain greater efficiencies from numerous building systems, including:
  • lighting;
  • security/access control;
  • fire and life safety;
  • elevators and escalators;
  • irrigation; and
  • HVAC.

An appropriately equipped BAS can also meet specialized needs such as emergency and critical systems monitoring in hospitals, and tenant billing for leased spaces in office buildings."


Government Works: Federal Agency Actions on Energy Efficiency

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Sep. 2014, by Lowell W. Ungar, and others.
http://aceee.org/white-paper/government-works

An ACEEE White Paper: 
"Federal agency actions on energy efficiency under existing legislative authority are saving consumers money, creating jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and reducing oil use and imports. In this paper we examined four sets of recent and prospective agency actions on energy efficiency: appliance standards, vehicle standards, power plant emissions standards, and select housing policies."

The Fine Art of Making Energy Visible

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2014, by Mark Scott Lavin.
http://www.distributedenergy.com/DE/Editorial/The_Fine_Art_of_Making_
/Energy_Visible_26497.aspx


"One of the boldest experiments in energy efficiency collaboration in the US is now well underway in Vermont, where cold winters and other factors drive some of the highest energy costs in the country. It’s spearheaded by a new kind of utility known as Efficiency Vermont and run by the non-profit Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). This new utility is the first of its kind, though similar initiatives have emerged in Oregon, Washington DC, and the Ohio region. Efficiency Vermont provides electricity to stakeholders, not by building power plants, but by helping existing consumers use less energy and use it wisely."

Green Healthcare: Energy Efficiency

Building Operating Management, Aug. 2014, by Greg Zimmerman.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/healthcarefacilities/article/Data-Helps-Sell-Energy-Efficiency-Efforts-In-Healthcare-Facilities--15183

"As hospitals compete more and more aggressively for patients, facility managers are finding themselves in fiercer competition for funds. That's because, often, senior managers decide purchasing a new linear accelerator or MRI machine might be better for recruiting new patients than, say, buying an energy efficient chiller. So it's incumbent upon facility managers to make their voices heard — to keep sustainability in general but energy efficiency specifically top of mind as an organizational priority."

Hawaii Energy Offers State’s First Energy Efficiency Auction

Air Conditioning/Heating/Refrigeration News, Sept. 11, 2014.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/127594-sept-11-2014-hawaii-energy-offers-states-first-energy-efficiency-auction

"Hawaii Energy, the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu, and Maui counties, is launching the Hawaii Energy Efficiency Auction. The auction is an open call for contractors, developers, energy efficiency solution providers, energy service companies (ESCOs), energy vendors, and property managers to submit qualified energy efficiency projects to compete for up to $2.1 million in incentive funds to offset project costs."

Improving the Efficiency of Small to Mid-Sized Buildings

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning Engineering, Aug. 2014, by Chad Senger. [Free registration required to view full-text.]
http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/improving-efficiency-small-mid-sized-buildings

"Taking advantage of technological advances previously limited primarily to large buildings."

Do Energy-saving Products Actually Save Customers Energy? HVAC Contractors Need to Educate Consumers

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, Aug. 18, 2014, by Joanna R. Turpin.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/127355-do-energy-saving-products-actually-save-customers-energy

"Homeowners who cannot be convinced to invest in an energy audit should still be educated about real ways they can save energy so they don’t fall prey to advertising claims.... Still, some homeowners will continue to believe that buying a singular product will result in significant energy savings."

Super-Efficient Manufactured Home [Bothell, WA]

BPA Journal, Sep. 2014. [Scroll to page 3.]
http://www.bpa.gov/news/pubs/Journal/Journal-201409-September-2014.pdf

"Puget Sound Energy, Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County and BPA recently hosted a tour of a new, high performance manufactured home in Bothell, just north of Seattle. The prototype home incorporates some of the latest energy-saving features and technologies, including a ductless heat pump, heat pump water heater, efficient lighting, triple-glazed windows, foam sheathing on exterior walls and added insulation."

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