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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: Agriculture

Agriculture


LEDs in Yerba Buena’s Vegetative Room Deliver a 9-Month Payback

Energy Trust Blog, Jan. 4, 2017.
https://blog.energytrust.org/leds-yerba-buenas-vegetative-room-deliver-9-month-payback/

"Yerba Buena, a CleanGreen™ Certified cannabis grower in Hillsboro [Oregon], prides itself on being a good steward of the Earth. Part of the company’s commitment to energy conservation involves looking for ways to reduce energy use. In an industry known for energy intensity, Yerba Buena became one of the first recreational cannabis growers to take advantage of Energy Trust’s technical assistance and cash incentives when the company replaced T5 fluorescent lighting in its vegetative room with tubular LEDs."

Flashbacks: Rural Electrification By the Numbers

Rural Electric Magazine, Dec. 2016, by Frank K. Gallant.
http://remagazine.coop/flashbacks-rural-electrification-cartogram-numbers/

"....In 1940, just four and a half years after Roosevelt signed Executive Order No. 7037, 25 percent of American farms had been electrified. Among the bigger farm states, Indiana (37 percent), Ohio (42 percent), and Washington (57 percent) were electrifying fastest. Ten years later, 90 percent had been electrified nationally. REA was proving to be one of the most successful government infrastructure-building programs in U.S. history."

Bioenergy Byproduct to Soil Savior [Biochar]

Biomass Magazine, Nov. 2016, by Anna Simet.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/13803/bioenergy-byproduct-to-soil-savior

"Production and sale of biochar at biomass-using plants can result in significant financial gains, but the industry is still working at building its myriad of potential markets."

Marijuana Growers Are Seeing the (LED) Light on Energy Efficiency

Utility Dive, Dec. 14, 2016, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/marijuana-growers-are-seeing-the-led-light-on-energy-efficiency/431991/

"Commercial growers in Washington state are cutting their power bills in half with LEDs — and earning huge utility rebates for installation"

Where Marijuana Plants Flourish Under Energy-Saving LED Lights

New York Times, Nov. 25, 2016, by Diane Cardwell.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/25/business/energy-environment/marijuana-legal-environment-lights.html?_r=0

[Subsidized by Puget Sound Energy], "Evergrow Northwest, a legal producer of recreational marijuana in Tumwater, Wash., is running an experiment, comparing using LED lights to grow cannabis with using more common high-pressure sodium bulbs."

Room to Grow [LED Grow Lights]

HybridTech News, Nov. 23, 2016, by Chris Gromek.
http://hybridtech.us/room-to-grow/

"...it’s a brand new day for the electrical systems that serve marijuana grows and other indoor agricultural installations. And the lighting industry is taking notice. In March 2016, market research firm MarketsandMarkets released an analysis that forecasts a doubling in demand for grow lights worldwide between 2016 and 2022, with sales approaching $4.2 billion by the end of that period. More than half of that growth is expected to take place in North America."

Fuel Of The Future? [Biomass]

Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Oct. 18, 2016, by John Harrison.
http://www.nwcouncil.org/news/blog/boardman-plant-will-burn-renewable-fuel/

"Portland General Electric will stop burning coal at its Boardman power plant in 2020, replacing coal with biomass including a bamboo-like cane."

How Agriculture Can Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Wall Street Journal Blog, Oct. 16, 2016, by Jason Bordoff.
http://blogs.wsj.com/experts/2016/10/16/how-agriculture-can-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions/

"WSJ Energy Expert says that while changing eating habits is important, changing agricultural practices will have a much bigger impact on carbon emissions."

Innovation Ups Irrigation IQ: Sensors, Controllers, and Flow Meters Get Smarter

Water Efficiency, Sep/Oct 2016, by Lyn Corum.
http://foresternetwork.com/water-efficiency-magazine/we-water/we-smart-meters/innovation-ups-irrigation-iq/

"All growers want to see their crops, gardens, and landscapes flourish. Competition among manufacturers of irrigation controllers, sensors, and flow meters is driving innovation at high speed in this digital age, to satisfy the market."

Merkley [OR] Announces $52 Million in Energy Loans for Rural Communities

The Gorge Business News, July 7, 2016.
http://thegorgebusinessnews.com/2016/07/merkley-announces-52-million-in-energy-loans-for-rural-communities/

"Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make $52 million in loans available to rural electric co-ops through the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP). RESP is a program designed by Senator Merkley to allow rural electric co-ops to offer their customers low-interest loans from USDA to provide affordable financing for energy efficiency improvements. The customers then pay back the loans through the savings on their electric bills."
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