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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.

 


Less Energy, More Fish at Idaho Fish Hatchery

Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) Bulletin, Jul. 2014, by Sarah E. Smith. (Scroll to page 13.)
http://www.nwppa.org/External/WCPages/WCWebContent/WebContentPage.aspx?ContentID=1805

"Energy efficiency and water supply upgrades transform an antiquated Idaho fish hatchery into a national model for the 21st century."

Wind Load and Air Barrier Performance Levels

Construction Specifier, July 2014, by Maria Spinu, Benjamin Meyer and Andrew Miles.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/wind-load-and-air-barrier-performance-levels/

"Continuous air barriers have become mandatory for the building envelope, with energy codes recognizing the importance of air leakage control. However, simple inclusion of an air barrier requirement does not guarantee the desired performance in the field. These systems must be properly installed, meet the building envelope structural wind loads, and maintain their function over time."

Corrections Needed for PV Performance Blind Spots During Commissioning

Solar Industry, July 2014, by James Mokri & Joseph Cunningham.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1407/FEAT_04_Corrections-Needed-For-PV-Performance-Blind-Spots-During-Commissioning.html

"If a photovoltaic system is commissioned according to industry standards, then it must be performing as expected, right? Not necessarily. PV industry standards for commissioning do not include performance testing.

NEC code and IEC 62446 mention nothing about performance testing. ASTM E2848-11 outlines a method of performance measurement during the commissioning stage, but it is not a complete, consistent, standardized method of measurement and metrics."

California's Wild Solar Ride Nears a Crossroads

Solar Industry, July 2014, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1407/FEAT_02_California-s-Wild-Solar-Ride-Nears-A-Crossroads.html

"Policy direction and bipartisan support are needed as the solar sector approaches a critical juncture in 2016."

Big Corporations To Utilities: Please Make It Easy to Buy Renewable Energy

Sustainable Business.com, July 21, 2014, by Rona Fried.
http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/25818

"We've written about the increasing amounts of renewable energy big corporations are using, but they would use much more if utilities made it easier for them to buy."

Building Performance: Design through Operations: Setting the Framework for Energy Data and Design Continuity in High Performance Buildings

New Buildings Institute, for the National Association of  State Energy Officials (NASEO), July 2014, by Alex Miller and Cathy Higgins.
http://www.naseo.org/data/sites/1/documents/publications/NASEO-Building-Performance-Design-through-Operations.pdf

"This report examines various sources of building performance data, identifies Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that support the analysis of building performance data, and discusses how to establish a feedback loop among designers, managers, and tenants. Three especially important KPIs for measured performance are the EUI, the annual energy usage, and the ENERGY STAR Score."

 


Undergrounding Gains Ground

Public Power, Jul/Aug 2014, by Brent Barker.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=41392

"After every storm that leaves the overhead electric distribution system in shambles, the inevitable question arises: “Why not put it underground?” The fervor usually cools once the parties begin to look at costs. Undergrounding remains an expensive proposition—about three to five times the cost of overhead."

Evaluating Power-Demand Reduction With VFD-Controlled Systems

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning, July 2014, by Alexander L. Burd and Galina S. Burd.
http://hpac.com/motors-drives/evaluating-power-demand-reduction-vfd-controlled-systems

"This article considers the impact of relative dynamic pressure losses and other factors on overall power demand and energy savings in various systems."

Combined Heat and Brewing Power

Rocky Mountain Institute Outlet, July 23, 2014, by Karen Crofton.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2014_07_23_combined_heat_and_brewing_power

"What do megajoules have to do with hectoliters? Everything, if you are considering the energy intensity of manufacturing beer. And after a recent tour of the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins [CO], I’ve learned that when it comes to a commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency in beer brewing, Colorado’s thriving craft brewing scene is a great example."

The Energy Savings Potential of Smart Manufacturing

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), July 2014, by Ethan A. Rogers. (Free registration required to view full-text.)
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/ie1403.pdf

"Smart manufacturing, the integration of all facets of manufacturing through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT), is set to transform the industrial sector and its use of energy, raw materials, and labor over the next twenty years."

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