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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 Consumption

Energy Consumption

The Water Energy Nexus: Business Risks & Rewards

Pumps & Systems, May 2016, by Jessi Tseng.

"Increasing demand and competition for water and energy have implications for many of the world's largest industries. Energy utilities and producers of metals, chemicals, oil, gas and coal are the most energy- and water-intensive industries.... New ideas and approaches will be necessary to ensure sustainable resources in the future."

This Earth Day, Let’s Look at How Much Energy We’ve Been Using

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Apr. 22, 2016, by Rachel Cluett.

"Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, and that got us thinking about how households used energy back then. What did they use it for? Do we follow the same conventional wisdom for saving energy in our homes today, even though there are some obvious differences in the types of devices we use now?  We were curious to dig in and see how energy use has changed over the past 35+ years, and how that change shapes our efforts to conserve."

Strathclyde [UK] Students Monitor Energy Efficiency with Drones

The Engineer, Apr. 21, 2016.

"Students are coupling thermal imaging cameras to drones to monitor energy efficiency in buildings."

Renewables Share of U.S. Energy Consumption Highest Since 1930s

Today in Energy (EIA), May 28, 2015, by Mary Joyce.

"Renewable energy accounted for 9.8% of total domestic energy consumption in 2014. This marks the highest renewable energy share since the 1930s, when wood was a much larger contributor to domestic energy supply."

Baseline Energy Modeling Approach for Residential M&V Applications

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Report #E15-288, May 11, 2015.

"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."

Portland City Council Approves Energy Performance Reporting for Commercial Buildings

City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Apr. 22, 2015.

"On Earth Day, Portland City Council voted unanimously to approve a new policy that will require owners of commercial buildings over 20,000 square feet to track energy use and report it on an annual basis. The policy will cover nearly 80 percent of the commercial square footage and affect approximately 1,000 buildings."

Microsoft Experiments with Taking Energy-Sucking Data Centers Off the Grid

EnergyWire, Feb. 24, 2015, by David Ferris.

"At a lab in Southern California, Microsoft is trying out a radically different way to power the data center, one of the most energy-hungry kind of buildings there is. The solution is fuel cells, thousands of them, everywhere in the building, embedded into a rack of computer servers or even plugged into the individual servers themselves. In this way, Microsoft imagines it might be able to cut the cord entirely from the electricity grid."

Lower Load Growth Expectations for 7th Plan Don’t Reduce Importance of Energy Efficiency

NW Energy Coalition, Feb. 6, 2015.

"Northwest Power and Conservation Council [NPPC]staff expect significantly slower growth in energy demand over the next 20 years than was predicted in the sixth regional power plan five years ago. This preliminary projection marks a critical step in the Council’s development of the 7th Northwest Power and Conservation Plan."

NEEA Releases 2014 Industrial Facilities Site Assessment Final Report

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Press Release, Dec. 30, 2014.

"As a first study of its kind in the Northwest, the IFSA provides a comprehensive and regionally representative account of energy usage characteristics in Northwest industrial facilities and a comprehensive analysis of the levels, use and management of industrial energy."

Gaming Consoles Deliver Excitement, Value for the Energy Buck

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Dec. 2014, by Clay C. Perry.,-Value-for-the-Energy-Buck.aspx

"An EPRI research team compared the energy consumption of the Microsoft Xbox One, Sony PlayStation®4 (PS4), and the Nintendo Wii U consoles while running the popular game Call of Duty®: Ghosts. In a head-to-head, hour-long test – the Wii U consumed 30 watt-hours (Wh) of electricity. Xbox One measured in at 105 Wh, and PS4 weighed in at 124 Wh."
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