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Energy Newsbriefs Blog

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: Data Should Drive Energy Upgrades

Building Operating Management, July 2015, by Richard Lubinski.

"It’s important for facility managers to understand the importance of data before, during, and after energy efficiency projects. Data can be your friend. Data — which as we’ll see, comes from such sources as utility bills, meters, submeters, and data loggers — guides energy audits (also called energy assessments) that lead to the creation of energy conservation measures (ECMs) that in turn will serve the building’s interests. Those audits also provide reliable estimates of energy savings and return on investment (ROI) — an important benefit, since measurement and verification (M&V) are essential with energy upgrades."

Equipment Failure Survey Quantifies Outage Impacts [Hydropower]

Hydro Review, July 2015, by Leanne Greisen, and others.

Peer reviewed article:
"The cost and schedule impacts of delaying investment in hydropower equipment to the point of failure can be severe. In fact, according to the results of a recent survey, costs can be 10 times higher than making the investment in advance of the failure."

Saving Water with Cooling Towers

ASHRAE Journal, Aug 2015, by Frank Morrison.

"Saving water with cooling towers. At first glance, this statement seems counterintuitive. Cooling towers save energy but aren’t they major users of water? This article will help readers understand the critical role evaporative heat transfer systems play in a sustainable environment, explore how water is consumed in such systems, and review the strategies that help minimize the use of both water and energy."

Quantifying [Hydropower] Development Potential in the Pacific Northwest

Hydro Review, July 2015, by Jan Lee.

"According to a recently completed scoping study, the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. holds significant hydro development potential."

Rooftop Wind Power in Cities is Here

North American Clean Energy, Jul/Aug 2015, by William Becker.

"In 2003, just twelve pioneering renewable energy years ago, multiple wind energy innovators in the USA and worldwide, all seemed to see the coming confluence of technical breakthroughs that could bring on a revolution in electric wind power technology. That confluence continues today with little media notice. Primarily in U.S. cities like Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, wind power experimenters recognized a platform from which they could build and launch the next generation in Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) electric power technology."

Wind Educational Institutions In The U.S

Wind Systems Magazine, July 2015.

Lists educational institutions in the U.S. that offer wind education programs.

Troubleshoot Hot Hydraulics

Maintenance Technology, July 2015, by Jane Alexander.

"High oil temperatures in industrial hydraulic systems can lead to a world of hurt. Don’t let them get you down."

Case Study: Zero-Net Energy Transit Center

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, July 2015, by Mark Walsh-Cooke and Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite.

"The John W. Olver Transit Center zero-net energy (ZNE) [Greenfield, MA]project is a high-performance building designed with reduced energy loads, passive design strategies, maximized efficiency of mechanical and electrical systems, and on-site power generation."

Using Less Energy to Keep Drinks Cold

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Aug. 5, 2015, by Joanna Mauer.

"Late yesterday, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed strong new standards that would reduce the energy consumed by beverage vending machines to keep drinks cold. The proposed standards would cut energy use by 25-65% relative to the least-efficient machines available now, and save money for schools, hospitals, hotels, and other businesses and institutions where beverage vending machines are used."

Conserving, Tracking Commercial Buildings’ Water Use

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, July 2015, by Mark Graf.

"The immediate interest in a building’s energy efficiency typically focuses on heating and cooling systems, and with conserving nonrenewable resources like power and gas. Throughout the world, however, there is increased pressure to track and conserve water in nonresidential buildings."


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