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The WSU Energy Program Library prepares this current awareness blog with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. These articles highlight energy-related news, articles, and reports about energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy for energy professionals and interested members of the public.


Can Energy Efficiency and Health Industries Bring Momentum Mainstream?

E4TheFuture Blog, Jan. 12, 2017, Julie Michals.
http://e4thefuture.org/blog/can-energy-efficiency-and-health-industries-bring-momentum-mainstream/

"When E4TheFuture decided to explore the health co-benefits of energy efficiency in its November 2016 white paper Occupant Health Benefits of Residential Energy, we had a particular reason for doing so. Our initial focus was to document studies that could help inform cost-effectiveness screening—specifically, to help make the case that important health co-benefits of efficiency exist, and their value is not $0. We were excited to piggyback on a broader research effort undertaken by the US DOE."

How District Energy Improves Building Performance

District Energy, 1st Qtr 2017, by David Trigg.
http://www.districtenergy-digital.org/districtenergy/2017q1?sub_id=DOwgMT0rNL8TV&folio=20&pg=22#pg22

"System operators can expand their service offerings -- and remain relevant in today's marketplace -- by helping customers manage building energy use."

Electricity End Uses, Energy Efficiency, and Distributed Energy Resources Baseline

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Jan. 2017.
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/electricity-end-uses-energy

"Berkeley Lab contributed a foundational analysis underlying the QER [DOE Quadrennial Energy Review]—a detailed analysis of electricity consumption by market sector, including cost, technology, and other trends. It looked at energy efficiency and distributed energy resources, like rooftop solar, and their impact on electricity supply and demand. [This] report, Electricity End Uses, Energy Efficiency, and Distributed Energy Resources Baseline, also describes the benefits of these resources as well as barriers to their adoption by examining a number of policies and programs. An appendix to the report reviews innovations in evaluation, measurement and verification to assess their impact."

100% of Electric Dutch Trains Now Run on Wind Power

Wired, Jan. 11, 2017, by Victoria Woollaston.
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/dutch-trains-wind-power

"Every electric train on the Dutch railways NS network now gets 100 per cent of its energy from wind energy. NS Dutch Railways has partnered with energy company Eneco to use its wind turbines to generate the energy needed to power all of its electric trains. The pair had hoped to achieve this milestone by 2018 but managed the feat as of January 1 this year."

First Eleven Months of 2016: New Renewable Electrical Capacity Exceeds That From Gas, Oil, and Nuclear Combined

North American Clean Energy, Jan. 9, 2017.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/?action=article&id=25292

"According to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) monthly "Energy Infrastructure Update" (with data through November 30, 2016), renewable energy accounted for the majority (50.5%) of new U.S. electrical generation put into service during the first eleven months of 2016."

Trends in Hydronics

HPAC Engineering, Dec. 2016, by John Vastyan.
http://hpac.com/piping-pumping/trends-hydronics

"Innovations aimed at enhancing energy efficiency, improving system performance, and prolonging equipment life."

Net Metering’s Confusing Future

Energy Manager Today, Jan. 9, 2017, by Carl Weinschenk.
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/net-meterings-confusing-future-0129594/

"There is confusion about changes to net metering rules.... Businesses like certainty. Those considering big solar investments are less likely to move forward until there is more clarity on the long-term future of net metering. Some might go forward even if the compensation limits are cut. But others, almost certainly, will bow out."

Selecting Actuators for Industrial HVAC/Process Dampers

HPAC Engineering, Dec. 2016, by Bill Lampkin.
http://hpac.com/iaq-ventilation/selecting-actuators-industrial-hvacprocess-dampers

"If it is to accomplish its intended purpose, any damper installed in a HVAC system must be equipped with an appropriate actuator. The selection of an actuator for a specific damper requires consideration of a number of factors. This article examines the actuator-selection process. (Note: While damper actuators often go by other names, such as damper motors, damper operators, and motor packs, “damper actuator” is the appropriate terminology.)"

Refrigerants in Transition: Impacts on HVAC-System Design

HPAC Engineering, Dec. 2016, by Ryan Geister.
http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/refrigerants-transition-impacts-hvac-system-design

"With the world’s attention increasingly focused on climate change, organizations are more attuned to carbon-footprint implications during the building-design process and the impacts buildings have on the environment. HVAC-system efficiency plays a crucial role in a building’s environmental impact. While it is important to choose equipment that delivers high-efficiency performance, it is even more critical to consider a building’s entire HVAC system during design."

The IoT Opens New Opportunities for Energy Efficient Buildings

Energy Manager Today, Jan. 10, 2017, by Carl Weinschenk.
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/iot-opens-new-opportunities-energy-efficient-buildings-0129646/

"The great potential for the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve energy efficiency in buildings was illustrated during the past week by an introduction and an investment. The problem addressed by the introduction is that the IoT is being deployed before interoperability and other standards and protocols are fully developed and in place. This means that the system – which even under the best of conditions will be monstrously complex and sophisticated – could devolve into islands of disconnected functionality. In such a future, the IoT would be of limited use – and may even be an overall detriment."

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