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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: Environment

Environment


Understanding Highly Insulated Wall Assemblies’ Relationship with Global Warming

The Construction Specifier, Mar. 2016, by Jim Lambach.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/understanding-highly-insulated-wall-assemblies-relationship-with-global-warming/

"A well-insulated building envelope is the starting point in any energy conservation strategy. The embodied global warming potential (GWP) of the insulating material, as part of a complete wall assembly, must be weighed against the use-phase energy efficiency contribution to see the complete environmental picture. This article examines the impact of both high- and low-embodied GWP insulation materials on the ultimate benefit of highly insulated wall assemblies."

A Retrospective Analysis of the Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Jan. 2016.
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/retrospective-analysis-benefits-and

"This is the second in a series of reports exploring the costs, benefits, and other impacts of state renewable portfolio standards (RPS). This report focuses on the benefits and impacts of all state RPS programs, in aggregate, for the year 2013. Relying on a well-vetted set of methods, this report evaluates a number of important benefits and impacts in both physical and monetary terms, where possible, and characterizes key uncertainties."

There Is No Such Thing as a Green Product

Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2016, by Trevor Zink & Roland Geyer.
http://ssir.org/articles/entry/there_is_no_such_thing_as_a_green_product

"Touting products like LEDs and recycled plastic packaging as “green” is misleading, because it fails to account for their effects on markets and consumer behavior and for the resulting environmental consequences. The authors offer what they say is a better approach: measuring the overall “net green” impact of the product."

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."

Want to Weigh Your State’s Clean Power Plan Compliance Options? Check Out Our New SUPR 2 Calculator

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Jan. 19, 2016, by Cassandra Kubes.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/01/want-weigh-your-state-s-clean-power

"As states consider plans to submit to EPA, they will want to evaluate the costs of their compliance options, but comparing different strategies can be complex. To assist states in exploring the cost and pollution reduction potential of different options, ACEEE has created the State and Utility Pollution Reduction Calculator Version 2 (SUPR 2)."

Innovative Study Helps Offshore Wind Developers Protect Wildlife

U.S. Department of Energy, Oct. 27, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/innovative-study-helps-offshore-wind-developers-protect-wildlife

"Thanks to a first-of-its-kind in-depth study of wildlife distribution and movements, the nation’s Eastern Seaboard is better prepared than ever for offshore wind energy."

13 Tips for [Green] Certification Success

Buildings, Oct. 2015, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19422/title/13-tips-for-certification-success/viewall/true.aspx

"Is your organization about to launch its own certification effort? Take charge and make sure your facility gets the designation it deserves with these 13 tips from FMs, consultants and green building experts who have already walked the walk."

Renewables Poised to Deliver Climate Solution

North American Clean Energy, Nov. 2015.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/21891/renewables-poised-to-deliver-climate-solution

"Emission reductions from renewables, coupled with energy efficiency improvements, must be at the heart of any effort to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). REthinking Energy 2015 – Renewable Energy and Climate, finds that achieving a 36% share of renewable energy by 2030 would result in half of all emission reductions needed to maintain a two degree pathway. Energy efficiency measures could supply the rest."

Energy Efficiency Could Cut Decarbonizing Costs by $2.8 Trillion

Energy Efficiency Markets.com, Nov. 25, 2015, by Elisa Wood.
http://energyefficiencymarkets.com/energy-efficiency-could-cut-decarbonizing-costs-by-2-8-trillion/

"Energy efficiency can reduce the cost of decarbonizing the economies of the U.S. Brazil, China, Europe, India, and Mexico by up to $250 billion per year, according to a new report.“How Energy Efficiency Cuts Costs for a 2° C Future.”"

What Boiler MACT Means to an Energy Engineer

Hudson Technologies, Oct. 15, 2015.
http://www.hudsontech.com/global-energy-news/what-boiler-mact-means-to-an-energy-engineer/

"Boiler MACT [Maximum Achievable Control Technology] is one of the first federal environmental regulations that have specifically called for conducting an energy assessment as a compliance activity. Energy assessments are nothing new; but how does integrating them into an environmental compliance activity impact the assessment process? As energy engineers, what can we learn from this new frontier?"
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