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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: Appliances

Appliances


DOE Denies Petition; AHRI Sues Over Rule

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, Oct. 13, 2014, by Jen Anesi.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/127811-doe-denies-petition-ahri-sues-over-rule

"On Sept. 23, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) denied a petition from Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and Lennox Intl. Inc. that asked the government agency to reconsider its June 3 final rule establishing energy-conservation standards for walk-in coolers and freezers (WICF). AHRI and Lennox, who argued the final rule was promulgated unfairly and contained nearly unattainable efficiency standards, filed the petition for reconsideration on July 30 in hopes the DOE would review its WICF final rule without the need for court intervention."

Take Care in the Kitchen: Avoiding Cooking-Related Pollutants

Environmental Health Perspectives, Jun. 2014, by Nate Seltenrich.
http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/122-a154/

"Researchers now understand that the process of cooking food and even simply operating stoves—particularly gas appliances—can emit a cocktail of potentially hazardous chemicals and compounds. Within our homes, these pollutants are less diluted than they are outdoors, and in the absence of proper ventilation, they often are trapped inside."

Includes a discussion of the kitchen ventilation requirements in ASHRAE 62.2.

The Impact of Transactive Energy on Appliances

Appliance Design, Apr. 2014, by Dr. Kenneth Wacks. (Free registration required to view full article.)
http://www.appliancedesign.com/articles/93975-the-impact-of-transactive-energy-on-appliances?v=preview

"Transactive Energy (TE) combines market forces and control techniques to achieve grid balance. Since renewable power from sources fluctuate, TE seeks to adapt customer equipment demands for power."

New Refrigeration Efficiency Standards To Take a Bite out of Supermarket and Restaurant Energy Costs

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Feb. 28, 2014, by Joanna Mauer.
http://aceee.org/blog/2014/02/new-refrigeration-efficiency-standard

"The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a final rule for strong new efficiency standards today that will take a big bite out of the energy consumption of the refrigerators and freezers used in supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, and commercial kitchens. The significant reductions in energy use that we’ll see with the new standards are made possible by the availability of technologies including LED lighting and occupancy sensors, high-performance glass doors, and high-efficiency motors, which all provide big efficiency gains." Includes a link to the final rule.

Site Assessment for Solar Water Heating Systems

Home Power Magazine, Feb./Mar. 2014, by Vaughan Woodruff.
http://www.homepower.com/articles/solar-water-heating/domestic-hot-water/site-assessment-solar-water-heating-systems?v=print

"Without a proper site assessment, you may be putting your solar thermal system at risk for poor performance."

New U.S. Department of Energy Rules Lauded for Rating Commercial Systems

Press Release, Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), Jan. 9, 2014.
http://www.appliance-standards.org/documents/asap-press-releases/new-us-department-energy-rules-lauded-rating-commercial-systems

"United Technologies Corp. (UTC) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP) today praised the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for finalizing new methods for rating and certifying commercial air conditioning, heating, water heating and refrigeration equipment. The negotiated rule, which DOE published on Dec. 31, 2013, was developed by the first working group convened by DOE’s Appliance Standards Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee...." Press Release includes a link to the Dec. 31, 2013 Federal Register, Final Rule on Energy Conservation Program: Alternative Efficiency Determination Methods, Basic Model Definition, and Compliance for Commercial HVAC, Refrigeration, and WH Equipment.

U.S. Energy Department, Pay-Television Industry and Energy Efficiency Groups Announce Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement

U.S. Department of Energy News, Dec. 23, 2013.
http://energy.gov/articles/us-energy-department-pay-television-industry-and-energy-efficiency-groups-announce-set-top

"The U.S. Energy Department, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) announced non-regulatory energy efficiency standards for pay-TV set-top boxes that will result in significant energy savings for more than 90 million U.S. homes. These new standards – developed through a non-regulatory agreement between the pay-TV industry, the consumer electronics industry and energy efficiency advocates – will improve set-top box efficiency by 10 to 45 percent (depending on box type) by 2017, and are expected to save more than $1 billion on consumer energy bills annually."

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