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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.

 


Commissioning and the Technology Evolution

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2016, by Michael Chimack, and Jesse Sycuro.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/commissioning-and-the-technology-evolution/06d1c6e2acdcab91664a3e5a4e671859.html

"With smarter application and availability of technology to achieve and drive longer-term performance results, commissioning providers (CxPs) are finding themselves at the forefront to learn, coach, and lead the application of technology in the built environment. Learn the challenges, roles, opportunities, and recommended methods for incorporating technology solutions into the commissioning process and improving building performance."

Update on DOE’s Wave Energy Prize

Hydro Review, Apr. 2016, by Alison LaBonte. http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-35/issue-3/articles/update-on-doe-s-wave-energy-prize.html "A new initiative, called the Wave Energy Prize, was announced in 2015 during the keynote address at the annual National Hydropower Association conference, International Marine Renewable Energy Conference, and Marine Energy Technology Symposium. This announcement represented a milestone for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind and Water Power Technologies Office - the commencement of its first public prize challenge, with a total prize purse of US$2.25 million, stemmed from realizing that a technology leap in the efficiency of wave energy converter (WEC) devices was needed to jolt wave energy onto a pathway toward sweeping cost reductions. This pathway could ultimately make wave energy, which is still in the early stages of technology development, competitive with more traditional forms of energy, paving the way to large-scale implementation within ... Read the rest of entry »

Using Online Commissioning Tools

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2016, by Joshua Gepner, Curtis Aubry, and Elizabeth Jenkins.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/using-online-commissioning-tools/dd5d526e7ca96dea5cec6fd365429c5c.html

"Properly and strategically positioning an online commissioning tool can significantly differentiate a service provider from its competition, saving time and money and adding significant value."

Building Better Energy Efficiency Programs for Low-Income Households

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Mar. 10, 2016.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/a1601.pdf

"This report addresses the key questions and challenges around low-income programs for single-family homes. It draws from a range of programs to provide recommendations for increasing the savings and reach of efficiency programming in this sector. We detail practices that program administrators are using to overcome challenges, and we explore strategies to use underutilized technologies and measures to realize greater savings."

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."

Solar-Panel Installers Face Clouded Future

Wall Street Journal, Mar. 25, 2016, by Cassandra Sweet.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/solar-panel-installers-face-clouded-future-1458926502

"Many U.S. states are considering dialing back solar-power incentives amid growing pressure from local electric utilities, potentially dealing a blow to the companies that install home solar systems around the country."

The Ultimate Biomass Heating Package [in a School]

Biomass Magazine, Mar. 2016, by Ron Kotrba.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/12891/the-ultimate-biomass-heating-package

"Via a contractual arrangement unique to biomass heat in the U.S., Wilton, New Hampshire-based High Mowing School replaced fuel oil with a biomass district heating system from Xylogen."

Industry Prepares for U.S. Pump Efficiency Standards

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2016, by Mark Handzel.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/march-2016-industry-prepares-us-pump-efficiency-standards

"Manufacturers will need to adapt to new rules for clean-water pumps by 2020.

Navigating Energy Code Compliance For Metal Buildings

Insulation Outlook, Feb. 2016, by Hal Robbins.
http://www.insulationoutlook.com/io/article.cfm?id=IO160203

"Understanding and complying with today’s evolving energy codes and standards presents unique challenges for architects, designers, and builders of pre-engineered metal buildings.... In an effort to navigate (and hopefully simplify) energy code compliance, the intent of this article is to help specifiers determine code adoption status using web-based tools and to review various high R-Value/Low U-Factor insulation systems currently available for metal building roofs and walls that provide code compliant options."

Extend Asset Value by Applying Protective Coatings to Pump Wet Ends

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2016, by Stephen Bowditch.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/march-2016-extend-asset-value-applying-protective-coatings-pump-wet-ends

"This technology can improve pump maintenance programs by lowering operating costs through extended mean time between repairs."

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