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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.

 


Secondary Glazing System (SGS) Thermal, Moisture, and Solar Performance Analysis and Validation

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Aug. 19, 2015, by Robert Hart, and others from LBNL. 
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/secondary-glazing-system-(sgs)-thermal-moisture-and-solar-performance-analysis-and-validation.pdf?sfvrsn=6

"NEEA contracted with the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to conduct a study, from which this report is based, which simulates and physically validates the thermal and solar performance characteristics of seven window attachment secondary glazing systems (SGS), also known as Fixed Window Panels, using industry standard practices. Where industry standard practices do not exist, such as condensation resistance (CR) between base glazing and SGS, this report introduces new methodology and software capabilities. This report also evaluates the annual energy savings and condensation potential of all SGS systems in prototype commercial buildings."

The Lowly Lightbulb Outshines Solar and Wind on U.S. Power Grids

Bloomberg Business, Aug. 14, 2015, by Naureen Malik.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-13/the-lowly-lightbulb-outshines-solar-and-wind-on-u-s-power-grids

"Utility and power grid managers in the U.S. are learning that the best way to cut carbon emissions and improve efficiency is the easiest: Just change your lightbulbs."

Searching for Equilibrium: How to Achieve It In the Era of Distributed Energy

Public Utilities Fortnightly, Aug. 2015, by David J. O'Brien.
http://www.fortnightly.com/fortnightly/2015/08/searching-equilibrium?authkey=1b8f573ff31babae044128d6c9f9c6755bd259c00f01b6cc6f6320f438d8a7f0

"Over the decades of state regulation of distribution utilities, we have seen prominent structural changes - independent power and restructuring - that have altered the basis of the regulatory bargain. Today we stand at another critical point: where the structural underpinnings of the regulatory compact have shifted and a state of disequilibrium exists."

Thermostatic Radiator Valves for Multiunit Residential Buildings

HPAC Engineering, July 2015, by Bill Boss.
http://hpac.com/heating/thermostatic-radiator-valves-multiunit-residential-buildings

"A simple, cost-effective way to combat overheating in older apartment buildings."

Right Light: How to Recommission and Revitalize Lighting Control Systems

Building Operating Management, July 2015, by Desiree Hanford.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/lighting/article/How-to-Recommission-and-Revitalize-Lighting-Control-Systems--16033

Article in 3-parts:
Part 1: How to Recommission and Revitalize Lighting Control Systems
Part 2: Knowing the Types of Lighting Control Systems and How Often Recommissioning Is Needed
Part 3: At Peace Institute in Washington, D.C. , Complex Lighting Controls Get an Ongoing Commissioning

Energy Efficiency: Data Should Drive Energy Upgrades

Building Operating Management, July 2015, by Richard Lubinski.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Understanding-How-Data-Should-Drive-Energy-Upgrades--16041

"It’s important for facility managers to understand the importance of data before, during, and after energy efficiency projects. Data can be your friend. Data — which as we’ll see, comes from such sources as utility bills, meters, submeters, and data loggers — guides energy audits (also called energy assessments) that lead to the creation of energy conservation measures (ECMs) that in turn will serve the building’s interests. Those audits also provide reliable estimates of energy savings and return on investment (ROI) — an important benefit, since measurement and verification (M&V) are essential with energy upgrades."

Equipment Failure Survey Quantifies Outage Impacts [Hydropower]

Hydro Review, July 2015, by Leanne Greisen, and others.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-34/issue-6/articles/equipment-failure-survey-quantifies-outage-impacts.html

Peer reviewed article:
"The cost and schedule impacts of delaying investment in hydropower equipment to the point of failure can be severe. In fact, according to the results of a recent survey, costs can be 10 times higher than making the investment in advance of the failure."

Quantifying [Hydropower] Development Potential in the Pacific Northwest

Hydro Review, July 2015, by Jan Lee.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-34/issue-6/articles/quantifying-development-potential-in-the-pacific-northwest.html

"According to a recently completed scoping study, the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. holds significant hydro development potential."

Rooftop Wind Power in Cities is Here

North American Clean Energy, Jul/Aug 2015, by William Becker.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/20667/rooftop-wind-power-in-cities-is-here

"In 2003, just twelve pioneering renewable energy years ago, multiple wind energy innovators in the USA and worldwide, all seemed to see the coming confluence of technical breakthroughs that could bring on a revolution in electric wind power technology. That confluence continues today with little media notice. Primarily in U.S. cities like Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, wind power experimenters recognized a platform from which they could build and launch the next generation in Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) electric power technology."

Wind Educational Institutions In The U.S

Wind Systems Magazine, July 2015.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/967/wind-educational-institutions-in-the-us

Lists educational institutions in the U.S. that offer wind education programs.
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