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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.

 


Energy-efficient Design with Masonry Construction

The Construction Specifier, Nov. 2014, by Richard Filloramo.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/energy-efficient-design-with-masonry-construction/

"Masonry materials and wall assemblies, with their inherent thermal mass characteristics, provide designers with many options to achieve efficient designs. Architects and engineers have to make new decisions to reduce their projects’ energy consumption, requiring close collaboration and coordination with building and energy codes, along with construction documents."

IRP vs. EERS: There’s One Clear Winner Among State Energy Efficiency Policies

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Blog, Dec. 16, 2014, by Martin Kushler.
http://aceee.org/blog/2014/12/irp-vs-eers-there-s-one-clear-winner-

"With Ohio and Indiana having recently made major changes to their utility energy efficiency policy, and other states like Florida and Arizona considering it, this is an important time to review the evidence about the relative effectiveness of state policies designed to encourage cost-effective energy efficiency."

CA Clean Energy Loan Program Grew 10 Times Bigger in 2014

Utility Dive, Dec. 17, 2014, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/ca-clean-energy-loan-program-grew-10-times-bigger-in-2014/345321/

"California’s programs to fund energy efficiency retrofits and distributed generation installations for homes and businesses backed about $600 million in projects in 2014, up from about $60 million in 2013, Greentech Media reports. About 75% of the funding went to energy efficiency and 25% to distributed generation."

How Turbine Controls Impact Wake Behavior

North American Windpower, Nov. 2014, by Brian Hirth & John Schroeder.
http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW1411/FEAT_04_How-Turbine-Controls-Impact-Wake-Behavior.html

"Turbine-to-turbine wake interaction has been widely accepted as a significant contributor to the underperformance and reduced reliability of modern wind plants....The use of scanning remote sensing technologies to measure wind plant complex flows provides the opportunity to construct real-time, comprehensive wind maps that could serve as an input into the next generation of individual turbine and wind plant control schemes."

Investigating EIFS Performance Across Climates: Exterior Insulation and Finishing Systems Studied in Long-term Test

The Construction Specifier, Nov. 2014, by Ulf Wolf.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/investigating-eifs-performance-across-climates-exterior-insulation-and-finishing-systems-studied-in-long-term-test/

"Between January of 2005 and June of 2007, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) undertook an extensive EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA)-sponsored trial comparing the moisture and temperature management properties of several exterior insulation and finishing system configurations with those of other claddings in a hot and humid climate. Now, a new third phase of the study is demonstrating the assembly’s potential for other climate zones."

6 Steps to Creating an Effective Energy Plan

Pumps & Systems, Nov. 2014, by Brenda Phillips & Raisa Johnson.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/6-steps-creating-effective-energy-plan

"Manufacturing and other plant operators—such as those who work in wastewater, water treatment and power generation—face the daily challenge of maintaining efficient operations. Manufacturing is the most energy-consuming market in the U.S. Recent data indicate a trend toward increasing energy prices for manufacturing processes. As the U.S. debates energy efficiency and carbon emissions, manufacturers will stand out as leaders in decreasing energy use and reducing carbon emissions."

Method for Assessing and Selecting New Small Hydro Technology

Hydro Review, Nov. 2014, by Quin Fen (Katherine) Zhang, and others.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-33/issue-9/articles/method-for-assessing-and-selecting-new-small-hydro-technology.html

"With significant development potential available at small run-of-river sites and non-powered dams in the U.S., the authors propose a software program to help interested parties choose the best type of technology to install at these sites."

Boosting Energy Performance in Federal Facilities

Buildings Magazine, Nov. 2014, by Chris Olson.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18131/title/boosting-energy-performance-in-federal-facilities.aspx

"The federal government manages some 429,000 buildings totaling 3.34 billion square feet. It owns approximately 80% of that space and leases 20%. A portfolio of that mammoth size clearly has an impact on the buildings industry. The Bush and Obama administrations have established a number of targets for facility energy use. GSA,DOE and other federal agencies are developing a variety of approaches, including performance contracting, deep retrofits, a green “proving ground,” and analytics tools. The private sector can learn from the government’s successes."

Avista’s Aging Headquarters Gets Energy-Efficiency update

The Spokesman-Review, Dec. 12, 2014, by Becky Kramer.
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/dec/12/avistas-aging-headquarters-gets-energy-efficiency/

"When the heating-and-cooling system at the Spokane utility’s corporate headquarters passed the half-century mark a few years ago, officials decided it was time for replacement.

The new system is part of a $28 million energy-efficiency remodel that will eventually cut power costs at the utility’s headquarters on Mission Avenue by $275,000 per year. The updates will save about 2.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, or enough to power 233 homes."

Compressed Air Supply at a Metal Machining Plant

Compressed Air Best Practices, Nov. 2014, by Don van Ormer.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/compressor-controls/compressed-air-supply-metal-machining-plant

"This metal fabrication and machining facility produces high-quality precision-built products. Over the years, the plant has grown and there have been several expansions to the current location. The company currently spends $227,043 annually on energy to operate the compressed air system....The set of projects recommended, as a result of the system assessment, could reduce these energy costs by $89,092 or 39%."
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