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Energy Newsbriefs Blog

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

Competitiveness of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in U.S. Markets

Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEE), June 2015.

"Questions have been raised about whether renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) resources can provide substantial emission reductions at reasonable cost under EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP). These concerns reflect fundamental misperceptions about the performance and cost of today’s renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, rooted in outdated information and perpetuated by inaccurate official market projections. This paper shows that RE and EE are competitive resources in today’s marketplace that will not only be cost-effective mechanisms for CPP compliance but should also be expected to grow strictly on the basis of competitiveness."

Which Energy Efficiency Policies Saved the Most Last Year?

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), July 29, 2015, by Steven Nadel.

"We are periodically asked how much different policies have saved and which policies have had the largest impact. In our recent report on energy efficiency progress over the past 35 years, we reviewed many current energy savings estimates and projections. Here I wanted to summarize which policies appear to be saving the most energy today, looking at estimated energy savings in calendar year 2014. Our estimates are summarized in the table below."

Five Considerations for Choosing the Best Energy Efficiency Financing [Facilities]

Building Operating Management, June 2015, by Charlotte Kim.

An article in 5-parts:
Part 1: Finding Best Financing Options for Energy Efficiency Projects
Part 2: ‘Threshold Questions’ Help Find Path to Energy Efficiency Financing
Part 3: Financing Tools Include Energy Performance Contract, Energy Service Agreement Part
4: Utility On-bill Financing an Added Option for Energy Efficiency Projects
Part 5: PACE Financing an Option for More Extensive Energy Efficiency Projects

Driving Data Center PUE, Efficiency

Pure Power (supplement to Consulting-Specifying Engineer), Summer 2015, by Bill Kosik.

"For the last decade, power usage effectiveness (PUE) has been the primary metric in judging how efficiently energy is used in powering a data center. PUE is a simple energy-use ratio where the total energy of the data center facility is the numerator, and the energy use of the information technology (IT) systems is the denominator."

Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency: Report to Congress

U.S. Department of Energy, June 2015.

"The industrial sector has shown steady progress in improving energy efficiency over the past few decades, and energy efficiency improvements are expected to continue..... There are barriers, however, that impede the adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices in the industrial sector. This report examines these barriers and identifies successful examples and opportunities to overcome these barriers."

Residential Energy Efficiency Works. Don’t Make a Mountain Out of the E2e Molehill

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), June 26, 2015, by Martin Kushler.

"The Internet has been burning up these last two days with reactions to a new academic working paper (Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver? Evidence from the Weatherization Assistance Program) by researchers at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) and the University of California, Berkeley, associated with the E2e Project."

Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency: Report to Congress

U.S. Department of Energy, June 2015.

"This report examines barriers that impede the adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices in the industrial sector, and identifies successful examples and opportunities to overcome these barriers. Three groups of energy efficiency technologies and measures were examined: industrial end-use energy efficiency, industrial demand response, and industrial combined heat and power. This report also includes the estimated economic benefits from hypothetical Federal energy efficiency matching grants, as directed by the Act."

Natural Ventilation: Bringing Fresh Air Into Commercial Buildings

The Construction Specifier, June 2015, by Michael P. Toohey.

"This article discusses the history of ventilation, describes its principles, and compares it with mechanical ventilation. The issues examined consider when specifying a separate window and actuator compared to an integrated natural ventilation system; it also addresses the options available for natural ventilation."

2 Simple Steps to Choosing the Right Motor

Pumps & Systems, June 2015, by Mike Stockman.

"Every pump industry professional faces the challenge of choosing the most efficient system for a particular application. This process is complicated by the uncertainties of efficiency regulations, mandates and parameters, especially when efficiencies alone do not tell the whole story. Sometimes the most efficient motor is not the best choice. By using two simple calculations, pumping professionals can determine the best motor—as well as the best pump and drive—for each application."

Sandy Grove Middle School [NC]: Mitigating Cost with Net-Zero Design

Net Zero Buildings, May 2015, by Barbara Horwitz-Bennett. [Scroll to page 8.)

"The public and private sector team up to deliver an energy-positive school with a finely tuned energy profile, resulting in projected savings of $16M over 40 years."


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