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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.

 


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."

Report Highlights Opportunities for Cooling World’s Data Centers

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning, July 2014, by Scott Arnold.
http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/report-highlights-opportunities-cooling-world-s-data-centers

Article summarizes and highlights results of a Lux Research report on the forecasted growth of data centers and the resulting demand for cooling equipment and capacity. The full Lux report is not available for free, but this summary is informative.

Compressed Air System Simulation Software

Compressed Air Best Practices, July 2014, by Jan Hoetzel.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/compressor-controls/compressed-air-system-simulation-software

"Over the years and many compressed air audits later, one thing has become clear: continuous monitoring is a key factor for efficient compressed air systems. Similarly, the only constant in a compressed air system is change. When new air applications are added, a line is down, air leaks grow or if maintenance is done to repair leaks in the system, the whole system is affected and responds accordingly. Due to the nature of compressed air systems, improvements may be quickly lost shortly after implementation and go unnoticed. System monitoring allows operators and facilities maintenance to see real time effects of changes to the system and respond with appropriate adjustments when necessary."

Banking Water for Power

Public Power, Jul/Aug 2014, by Alice Clamp.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=41566

"Public utilities often provide water service to their customers as well as electrical service. And many of them have noteworthy water conservation programs to manage cyclical variations in supply. Utilities are also banking and recycling water used in power plants to realize greater operational efficiencies."

Companies Pocket Savings From Better Energy Management

ClimateWire, July 23, 2014 (reprinted and published with permission by DOE)
http://energy.gov/eere/amo/companies-pocket-savings-better-energy-management

"Benefits of the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program were highlighted in ClimateWire, July 23, 2014. The article recounts how SEP led one Nissan plant to invest in operational changes that are now saving 264,000 gigajoules annually—and how a General Dynamics plant saved $536,000 in the first year.

North Dakota's Subterranean Fuel Feedstock

Biomass Magazine, June 2014, by Chris Hanson.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/10458/north-dakotas-subterranean-fuel-feedstock

"When the advanced biofuel industry thinks feedstocks, ideas may drift toward dried corn stover on a freshly harvested field, or swathes of switchgrass or miscanthus swaying in the breeze. In the Red River Valley and Drift Prairie regions of North Dakota, however, the next advanced biofuel might be found below the ground in the form of sugar beets. But why sugar beets?" Includes a table that shows U.S 10-Year Sugar Beet Production, by state.

Could Solar Roadways Pave the Way to a Sustainable Energy Economy?

Green Builder, July 2014, by Christina Birchfield.
http://content.yudu.com/A2x2j8/GreenBuilderJuly2014/resources/8.htm

"The Solar Roadways crowd-sourced fundraising campaign has sparked the country's imagination."

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