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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.

 


Multiple Benefits of Business-Sector Energy Efficiency: A Survey of Existing and Potential Measures

ACEEE, Jan. 2015, by Christopher Russell. (Need to register to view full-text.)
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/ie1501.pdf

"Businesses [large commercial, industrial, and institutional] that implement energy efficiency improvements often enjoy other benefits besides utility bill savings. However previous efforts to measure multiple benefits have been sporadic and far from rigorous. Still, evidence suggests that including non-energy impacts can reduce the payback time of some energy efficiency improvements by 50% or better. This report draws on expert interviews and a synthesis of existing literature to describe energy efficiency’s multiple benefits to business enterprises."

Will Liquid Cooling Solutions Save Energy? [Data Centers]

Engineered Systems, Jan. 2015, by Terry Rodgers and Vali Sorell.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96928-will-liquid-cooling-solutions-save-energy

"Many of the liquid cooling solutions hitting today’s market still require air-to-liquid heat exchangers that provide air cooling at the individual rack where the electronic equipment is housed. The IT hardware chassis include integral fans to move the cool air through the inside of the hardware chassis to move the heat from the electronics to the air within the cabinet (or rack). Technically, this is still air cooled hardware. We have reduced the range of cooling technologies available to five distinct scenarios, and then added three additional scenarios that are becoming available (though not widespread) at this time. These scenarios will each be analyzed individually to quantify what energy efficiencies (or inefficiencies) are inherent for each."

Growth in Employees and Demand for Green Construction

EcoBuilding Pulse, Dec. 29, 2014, by Katie Gloede.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/construction/growth-in-employees-and-demand-for-green-construction_o.aspx

"Between 2010 and 2011, the percent of construction employees working in green construction and services jumped from 7.0 to 8.9 percent, according to data recently released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics."

AMO's New Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation Will Focus on Reducing Energy Use

U.S. Dept. of Energy, Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), Jan. 12, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/amo/articles/amos-new-institute-advanced-composites-manufacturing-innovation-will-focus

"The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation is a public-private consortium of 122 leading U.S. manufacturers, universities, and non-profits that will focus on advanced composites—materials that are three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest metals. These advanced materials have the potential to transform products ranging from wind turbines to automobiles. This new Innovation Institute, headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee and led by the University of Tennessee, will receive $70 million in federal funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office."

Advancing and Maximizing the Value of Energy Storage Technology - A California Roadmap

California Independent System Operator, Dec. 31, 2014.
http://www.caiso.com/Documents/Advancing-MaximizingValueofEnergyStorageTechnology_CaliforniaRoadmap.pdf

"The California Independent System Operator (ISO), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and California Energy Commission (CEC) developed an energy storage roadmap that identifies policy, technology and process changes to address challenges faced by the storage sector."

7 Sustainable Design Trends From The Living Building Challenge

EcoBuilding Pulse, Dec. 29, 2014, by Katie Gloede.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/green-building/7-sustainable-design-trends-from-the-living-building-challenge_c.aspx

"Here are seven future trends set by the Living Building Challenge that take net-zero to the next level."

The World's Biggest Car Company Wants to Get Rid of Gasoline

Bloomberg Business Week, Dec. 2014.
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-12-17/toyota-embraces-fuel-cell-cars-for-post-gasoline-future

"Just as the Prius has established itself as the first true mass-market hybrid, Toyota hopes the Mirai will one day become the first mass-market hydrogen car. On sale in Japan on Dec. 15, it will be available in the U.S. and Europe in late 2015 and has a driving range of 300 miles, much farther than most plug-in electrics can go. It also runs on the most abundant element in the universe and emits only heat and water—and none of the gases that lead to smog or contribute to global warming."

Oil Price Slump Taking a Toll on U.S. Alternative Fuels

Reuters, Jan. 9, 2015, by Nichola Groom.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/09/us-oil-biodiesel-idUSKBN0KI0F020150109

"With gas pump prices lingering near their lowest levels in five years, greener, cleaner alternative fuels are taking a hit. Makers of biodiesel, a fuel made from vegetable oil or animal fats, are slashing prices and margins in a bid to stay competitive with the price of diesel fuel, which is down more than 20 percent from a year ago."

Rulemaking for Commercial and Industrial Fans and Blowers

U.S. DOE, EERE, Building Technologies Office, Appliance & Equipment Standards, Jan. 12, 2015.
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/rulemaking.aspx/ruleid/25

"DOE published a Federal Register notice of comment period extension for the notice of data availability regarding energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial fans and blowers. 80 FR 1477 (January 12, 2015). The comment period has been extended until February 25, 2015."

Benchmarking the Declining Cost of Solar

Solar Today, Nov/Dec 2014, by Samantha Weaver and others. (Scroll to page 24.)
http://www.omagdigital.com/publication/index.php?i=0&m=23867&l=1&p=4&pre=&ver=swf

"New reports from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory analyze the policies, programs, and other factors that drive the declining cost of solar photovoltaics in both residential and commercial applications."

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