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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


Building Better Energy Efficiency Programs for Low-Income Households

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Mar. 10, 2016.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/a1601.pdf

"This report addresses the key questions and challenges around low-income programs for single-family homes. It draws from a range of programs to provide recommendations for increasing the savings and reach of efficiency programming in this sector. We detail practices that program administrators are using to overcome challenges, and we explore strategies to use underutilized technologies and measures to realize greater savings."

How Much Does Energy Efficiency Cost?

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Mar. 2016.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/cost-of-ee.pdf

"Summarizes the results of studies by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ACEEE and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the cost of energy efficiency programs. Finds that energy efficiency is consistently a lowest cost option for meeting electric demand. One of the studies finds that the costs of energy efficiency have been level in recent years."

Deep Energy Retrofits

Building Operating Management, Mar. 2016, by Ronald Kovach.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Innovative-FMs-Look-To-Save-40-50-Percent-on-Energy-With-Deep-Energy-Retrofits--16492

3-part article exploring how deep energy retrofits can dramatically cut energy use:
Part 1: Innovative FMs Look To Save 40-50 Percent on Energy With Deep Energy Retrofits
Part 2: Real–World Examples Show Value of Deep Energy Retrofits
Part 3: SIDEBAR: Two Financing Options for Deep Energy Retrofits

Zero Net Energy Buildings and the Grid

New Buildings Institute, Feb. 22, 2016, by Alexi Miller.
http://newbuildings.org/zero-net-energy-buildings-and-the-grid/

"As zero net energy (ZNE) and other low-energy buildings become increasingly common, we have to think about how different ZNE strategies can interact with their local electricity grids. The electricity grid was built as a one-way street, with energy flowing from the power plant to the consumer. Widely distributed renewable energy systems and other cutting-edge building technologies will change that equation."

How Healthcare FMs Achieve Energy Efficiency

Building Operating Management, Feb. 2016, by Desiree J. Hanford.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/healthcarefacilities/article/How-Healthcare-FMs-Achieve-Energy-Efficiency--Facilities-Management-Health-Care-Facilities-Feature--16478

"First of a 3-part article on how healthcare leaders [facility managers] are rethinking traditional practices to cut energy use."

Northwest on Path to Lead Nation in Maximizing Energy Efficiency as Priority Energy Resource

Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Feb. 10, 2016.
http://www.nwcouncil.org/news/press-releases/2016-02-10_7th_plan_adopted/

"Today the Northwest Power and Conservation Council members appointed by the Governors of the four Northwest states unanimously approved the Council’s Seventh Power Plan after conducting a 60-day public comment period."

New Report Reveals How Clean Power Plan Can Reduce Electric Bills

Biomass Magazine, Feb. 3, 2016, by Katie Fletcher.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/12862/new-report-reveals-how-clean-power-plan-can-reduce-electric-bills

"Synapse Energy Economics Inc., a research and consulting firm, recently released a new report that reveals how EPA’s Clean Power Plan can reduce emissions and consumer electric bills. The report published on Jan. 14, “Cutting Electric Bills with the Clean Power Plan,” examines state-by-state impacts of various compliance options and found that using strong energy efficiency policies in state implementation plans can produce significant electricity bill savings for consumers while reducing carbon pollution."

Next-Generation Utility Programs: How M&V 2.0 is Enabling a “Negawatt” Market

Rocky Mountain Institute, Jan. 29, 2016, by Ellen Franconi.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_01_29_next_generation_utility_programs

"California’s recently passed Senate Bill (SB) 350 reinforces the state’s reputation as a leader in climate change policy. The bill sets state targets of 50 percent electricity generated by renewables and 50 percent increase in building energy efficiency by 2030. But what may be most remarkable in the bill is the change in how the state evaluates and promotes energy efficiency.  The bill proposes tracking efficiency by actual meter-based savings and authorizing pay-for-performance programs that link incentives directly to those savings."

The Next Quantum Leap in Electric Efficiency—Game On

The Regulatory Assistance Project, Jan. 2016, by Chris Neme, Jim Grevatt.
http://www.raponline.org/featured-work/the-next-quantum-leap-in-electric-efficiency-game?utm_source=ZohoCampaigns&utm_campaign=US+RAPPORT+February+2016_2016-02-02_1&utm_medium=email

"Ten years ago, the most aggressive electric efficiency efforts in the country were achieving first-year electric savings of about 1.0 percent of annual sales. Today, at least five different states have—or plan to—double those levels of savings, achieving between 2.0 and 2.5 percent first-year savings annually..... We at RAP think that the efficiency bar could be raised substantially. In our recent paper, The Next Quantum Leap in Efficiency: 30 Percent Electric Savings in 10 Years, we examine whether it would be possible to meet 30 percent of electricity system needs in ten years with efficiency."

AESP Honors PSE&G [NJ] Energy Efficiency Program for Outstanding Achievement

PR Newswire, Feb. 3, 2016.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/association-of-energy-service-professionals-honors-pseg-energy-efficiency-program-for-outstanding-achievement-300214477.html

"The Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP) has named Public Service Electric and Gas Company's (PSE&G's) Residential Multifamily Housing Program as the winner of the 2016 Energy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Residential Program Design & Implementation.  PSE&G accepted the award yesterday at AESP's 26th National Conference & Expo in Phoenix, AZ.  PSE&G's $74 million Residential Multifamily Housing Program funds the installation of energy efficiency measures for eligible multifamily facilities in the utility's New Jersey service territory. "

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