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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 Efficiency Financing: Barriers and Opportunities in the Small Utility Market

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Nov. 1, 2016, by Christine Grant and Patrick Keegan.
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/energy-efficiency-financing-barriers-and-opportunities-in-the-small-utility-market.pdf

"High upfront costs and a lack of easily accessible financing are commonly cited as the key barriers to investments in energy efficiency (EE). If designed and implemented optimally, EE financing can be an important tool for catalyzing EE market transformation."

Oregon Utility Targets Energy Efficiency, Demand Response [PGE]

Utility Dive, Nov. 17, 2016, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/oregon-utility-targets-energy-efficiency-demand-response/430645/

"Portland General Electric has filed its 2016 Integrated Resource Plan with the Oregon Public Utility Commission, outlining a strategy that focuses on energy efficiency and customer-side demand response, in the next four years, while also leaning on natural gas to replace coal."

A Combined Heat & Power Renaissance in New York City

Power Engineering, Oct. 2016, by Devon Manz, Al Clark, and Michael Norelli.
http://www.power-eng.com/articles/print/volume-120/issue-10/features/a-combined-heat-power-renaissance-in-new-york-city.html

"...the confluence of low natural gas prices, high electric rates and the need for resilient power is motivating many commercial and industrial customers across the United States to return to Edison's original concept, where power is generated closer to where it is used. The drivers for this trend of on-site generation are perhaps strongest back in Edison's original test city of New York, where a combined heat and power (CHP) renaissance is underway."

How Residential Utility Programs Could Reach More Diverse Households

ACEEE, Nov. 13, 2016, by Marti Frank.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/11/how-residential-utility-programs

"Many energy efficiency programs are designed around measures rather than people. These “untargeted” programs focus on meeting energy savings and cost-effectiveness goals, and are ostensibly impartial about the characteristics of the households that receive the offering. Our new examination of program demographics shows how, in practice, untargeted programs often limit participant diversity."

Accounting Methodology for Source Energy of Non-Combustible Renewable Electricity Generation

U.S. Dept. of Energy, EERE, Oct. 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/analysis/downloads/accounting-methodology-source-energy-non-combustible-renewable-electricity

"As non-combustible sources of renewable power (wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal) do not consume fuel, the “source” (or “primary”) energy from these sources cannot be accounted for in the same manner as it is for fossil fuel sources. The methodology chosen for these technologies is important as it affects the perception of the relative size of renewable source energy to fossil energy, affects estimates of source-based building energy use, and overall source energy based metrics such as energy productivity. This memo reviews the methodological choices, outlines implications of each choice, summarizes responses to a request for information on this topic, and presents guiding principles...."

Heat from Beneath the Ground – Working to Advance Deep Direct-Use Geothermal

U.S. Dept. of Energy, EERE, Nov. 15, 2016, by Timothy Patrick Reinhardt.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/heat-beneath-ground-working-advance-deep-direct-use-geothermal

"Beneath our feet lies a source of geothermal heat that can be tapped to provide heating and cooling to both residential and commercial buildings, manufacturing processes, greenhouses and aquaculture ponds. Deep direct-use (DDU) systems are an emerging technology area in the geothermal sector that draw on lower temperature geothermal resources. Deeper than geothermal heat pumps and other conventional direct-use systems, DDU is deployable at a similar temperature range—between 100°F and 300°F—but at a much larger scale. DDU maximizes system efficiencies and return on investment."

Benefits of Community Microgrids

ForesterDailyNews, Nov. 14, 2016, by Carol Brzozowski.
http://foresternetwork.com/daily/energy/distributed-generation/benefits-of-community-microgrids/

"A key feature of community microgrids is their capability of operating independently from the utility system in an island mode in the event of a utility failure."

4 Charts That Show Renewable Energy is on the Rise in America

Energy.gov, Nov. 14, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/4-charts-show-renewable-energy-rise-America

"The numbers are in and the verdict is clear: clean energy is on the rise, both at home and around the world. Last week..., the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, released the 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book. This annual publication illustrates the rapid progress that the United States and globe has seen on a variety of energy metrics over the past year – including electricity generation, investments, and technology-specific data."

BPA 2016-2021 Energy Efficiency Action Plan (Draft)

Bonneville Power Administration, Oct. 2016.
https://www.bpa.gov/EE/Policy/EEPlan/Documents/BPA_EE_Action_Plan_
Draft_External_Review.pdf


"In February 2016, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council released the Seventh Power Plan. This plan identifies the energy efficiency savings potential in the Northwest and establishes a regional savings goal. BPA has committed to achieving a share of the goal established in the Power Plan and developed the EE Action Plan to define our strategy for doing so. The Action Plan forecasts how public power will achieve the savings goals through a variety of EE programs and other channels like market transformation and Momentum Savings as well as identifying the budget required to do so."

U.S. Governors See Microgrids and Energy Storage as a Path to Energy Assurance

Microgrid Knowledge, Nov. 2, 2016, by Elisa Wood.
http://microgridknowledge.com/microgrids-and-energy-storage/

"Microgrids and energy storage can help U.S. states assure energy supply during disasters, according to two papers recently issued by the National Governors Association (NGA). The papers emerged from an effort NGA undertook last year to identify best energy practices that have emerged from Superstorm Sandy."

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