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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


Design Guide Helps Grocery Stores Cut Energy Use

U.S. Department of Energy, May 14, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/design-guide-helps-grocery-stores-cut-energy-use

"Grocery stores are responsible for approximately 9% of the total energy consumed by commercial buildings in the U.S.  To reduce this energy impact, a newly released Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores demonstrates how to cut typical energy use in half, conserving approximately 8 billion Btus of energy per year, per store –equivalent to the amount of energy consumed by 148 homes during the same period." Free registration required (from ASHRAE) to download the 50% Guide.

ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holiday [Texas]

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, May 2015.
http://comptroller.texas.gov/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx96_1331/

"During Memorial Day weekend, Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales and use taxes on purchases of certain energy efficient products." 

Saving Energy This Memorial Day

U.S. Department of Energy, May 2015, by Erik Hyrkas. http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/saving-energy-memorial-day

"The first summer holiday is just around the corner, and we know what’s on your minds for your Memorial getaway---fun in the sun, BBQs, and great family getaways to the beach. So how do we get ready for all of the excess fun, and fare with energy efficiency in mind?"

Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Increase Energy Efficiency of Schools, Offices, Stores and other U.S. Buildings

U.S. Department of Energy News Release, May 5, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-invests-6-million-increase-energy-efficiency-schools-offices-stores

"As part of the Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings and double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department today announced nearly $6 million to accelerate energy efficiency in offices, shops, schools and other buildings that will help businesses and communities save money, create jobs, and reduce pollution. In total, the eight competitively-selected projects will receive $6 million and with private sector cost sharing reach a total investment of $12.5 million."

Baseline Energy Modeling Approach for Residential M&V Applications

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Report #E15-288, May 11, 2015.
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/baseline-energy-modeling-approach-for-residential-m-v-applications.pdf?sfvrsn=4

"This report provides the results of analytical research on establishing a method for developing a robust energy baseline regression model and evaluation of how the model performed on the electric interval dataset from NEEA’s Residential Building Stock Analysis metering study."

Building on the Foundations of ISO 50001 for Greater Energy Efficiency

Environmental Leader: Environmental & Energy Management News, Apr. 20, 2015, by Alexandra Ortiz.
http://www.environmentalleader.com/2015/04/20/building-on-the-foundations-of-iso-50001-for-greater-energy-efficiency/

"The new International Standard requires an Energy Management System to be effective."

Governor Inslee Honors Washington Industrial Companies

Bonneville Power Administration News Release, May 5, 2015.
http://www.bpa.gov/news/newsroom/Pages/Gov.-Inslee-honors-Washington-industrial-companies.aspx

"Industry representatives from across Washington got the red carpet
treatment as Gov. Jay Inslee recognized nine companies for their exceptional commitment to saving energy at the
Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards March 25 at the capital in Olympia."

Getting to Outcome-Based Building Performance Event Report

New Building Institute, May 2015, by Mark Frankel and Jim Edelson.
http://newbuildings.org/performance-outcomes-event-report

"This report summarizes the work undertaken by a group of building industry thought leaders who gathered for a Performance Outcome Summit in August 2014 in Seattle, Washington. During a day and a half workshop, the group examined the opportunities, barriers and next steps that will transition the commercial building industry from estimating energy use, based on models in the design phase, to measuring real performance outcomes, based on actual energy use in an occupied building."

The Total Cost of Saving Electricity through Utility Customer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs: Estimates at the National, State, Sector and Program Level

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Electricity Markets & Policy Group, Technical Brief, Apr. 2015, by Ian M. Hoffman and others.
http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/total-cost-of-saved-energy.pdf

"Based on several hundred regulatory filings, researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have determined the total cost of saving electricity through efficiency programs: $0.046 per kilowatt-hour. That value is the average for 20 states in the period 2009 to 2013 and compares favorably with supply-side alternatives and retail rates."

First Energy Efficiency Legislation Passed by New Congress

RESNET News, April 30, 2015, by Laurel Elam.
http://www.resnet.us/blog/first-energy-efficiency-legislation-passed-by-new-congress/

"On April 21, 2015, Congress passed S 535, “The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015”.  The legislation was sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jean Shaheen (D-NH). "The modest energy efficiency legislation includes three provisions drawn from a larger efficiency bill sponsored by the two Senators:
  • Promotion of commercial building energy-use benchmarking and disclosure
  • Establishment of a voluntary “Tenant Star” program to promote energy efficiency in rental property that would certify and recognize commercial building tenants for achieving high levels of energy efficiency
  • Adjustment of efficiency standards for “grid-connected” water heaters, so that water heaters needed for demand response and thermal storage programs can continue to be sold"

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