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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.

 


Evaluation of Residential Behavior-Based Programs

Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Sept. 21, 2016, by Steven R. Schiller, Anna C. Spurlock, Annika Todd, and Bill Saxonis. (A webinar presentation - 75 mins.)
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/evaluation-residential-behavior-based

"Residential behavior-based (BB) programs use strategies grounded in the behavioral and social sciences to influence household energy use. These programs have unique evaluation challenges and usually require different evaluation methods than those currently employed for most other types of efficiency programs. This webinar is currently planned to provide an introduction to documenting the energy savings associated with BB programs and examples of how different jurisdictions are addressing BB program evaluation."

How Do You Size a VFD?

Flow Control, Sept. 2016, by Jeff Bergman and Sean Fitzpatrick.
http://www.flowcontrolnetwork.com/how-you-size-vfd

"Confusion often surrounds the proper sizing of variable frequency drives (VFDs), and sometimes, knowing when and how to choose one may be difficult. Actually understanding what a VFD does might make this decision easier and the requirements less difficult to understand."

New Data Reaffirms Carbon Benefits of Biodiesel

National Biodiesel Board, Sept. 14, 2016, by Jessica Robinson.
http://nbb.org/news/nbb-press-releases/press-release-display/2016/09/14/new-data-reaffirms-carbon-benefits-of-biodiesel

"Wally Tyner, a professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, presented his research team’s latest findings today regarding the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of producing biodiesel from soybeans.  Those findings confirm that soybean oil offers very good carbon reduction when used to displace fossil fuel. Tyner is supported by the James and Louis Ackerman endowment."

Tapping In to the Cost-Saving Power of VFDs

Business Energy, Sept/Oct. 2016, by Dan Rafter.
http://foresternetwork.com/business-energy-magazine/be-energy/be-energy-management/apping-in-to-the-cost-saving-power-of-vfds/

"What kind of difference can a variable frequency drive—better known as a VFD—make for a municipality? A significant one. Just look at the town of Mooresville in North Carolina, where a VFD developed by Eaton has not only boosted the energy efficiency of the municipal water treatment plant, but has also extended the life expectancy of a pair of new 800-horsepower pumps at the facility."

BPA 2016-2017 Implementation Manual

Bonneville Power Administration, Aug. 22, 2016.
https://www.bpa.gov/EE/Policy/IManual/Documents/IM_August2016.pdf

Effective Oct. 1, 2016 - "Based on BPA’s Regional Dialogue policy, BPA commits to achieving the share of the Council’s Power Plan regional energy efficiency target that represents the load of BPA’s public power customers. BPA reports savings to its target from three major categories: programmatic, momentum and market transformation. The [Implementation] Manual covers only programmatic savings that are reportable to BPA’s targets."

Studies Suggest That Past Rates of Energy Efficiency Improvement Can Be Sustained

ACEEE, Sept. 8, 2016, by Steven Nadel,
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/09/studies-suggest-past-rates-energy

"Can efficiency improvements achieved in past decades be sustained in the future?  How much impact does the rebound effect have on energy efficiency potential out to 2030, or even 2050? To answer these questions, I was invited to write a paper entitled The Potential for Additional Energy Efficiency Savings Including How the Rebound Effect Could Affect This Potential. The paper appears in the current issue of Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Report (September 2016), an academic journal published by Springer." (Link included in article.)

Expanding the Energy Efficiency Toolbox Through Green Banks

ACEEE, Sept. 7, 2016, by Annie Gilleo.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/09/expanding-energy-efficiency-toolbox

"In a new report from ACEEE, we review the progress of six green banks and four additional financing entities that serve similar functions. Our goals were to understand how green banks are working in specific market sectors and to identify promising strategies and lessons learned, with a particular focus on energy efficiency. If more states are looking to green banks to stretch public dollars, fill market gaps, and ramp up clean energy investment, we want to know how the early results and lessons learned can shape the next round of green bank deployment."

U.S. Laws and Regulations for Renewable Energy Grid Interconnections

National Renewable Energy Lab, Sept. 2016, NREL/TP-6A20-66724.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy16osti/66724.pdf

"This report presents a brief chronological review of energy laws and regulations concerning grid interconnection procedures in the United States, highlighting the consequences of policies for renewable energy interconnections. Where appropriate, this report places interconnection policies and their impacts on renewable energy within the broader context of power market reform."

The Untapped Potential of Community Energy Storage

Microgrid Knowledge, Sept. 19, 2016.
https://microgridknowledge.com/community-energy-storage/

"Robin Roy, an NRDC consultant, explains why community energy storage often falls between the gaps in federal energy policy and what can be done about the problem."

Report Summary: Energy Savings Forecast of SSL in General Illumination

U.S. Dept. of Energy, EERE, Sept. 2016.
http://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2016/09/f33/energysavingsforecast16_summary_0.pdf

"U.S. energy savings attributable to LED lighting will reach 5.1 quads by 2035. Energy use for lighting in 2035 will be 75% lower than  it would have been if  LEDs had not entered the market."

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