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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.

 


Making the Case for Healthier Energy Use [Hospitals & Healthcare]

Northwest Energy Efficiency News, NEEA, May 13, 2015, by Kim Hughes.
http://neea.org/neea-newsroom/healthcare-feature-story

"NEEA  (Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance) has published a case study examining a decade of market shift efforts to enable industry adoption of energy efficiency practices among Northwest healthcare facilities."

New Rating System for Enhancing Window Energy Performance [Window Attachments]

U.S. Department of Energy, May 18, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/articles/new-rating-system-enhancing-window-energy-performance

"Window attachments, such as awnings, shutters, drapes, and solar shades, are often used for cosmetic purposes and to help control the amount of light entering a room. However, many Americans aren’t aware that identifying energy conserving window strategies are cost effective in homes and commercial buildings. Enter the Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC). The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) will cost-share Energy Department funding to help consumers realize potential energy savings from window attachments through the creation of a comprehensive energy ratings and certification program."

Boston, NYC, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Seattle Rank as America’s Most Energy-Efficient US Cities

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), May 20, 2015.
http://aceee.org/press/2015/05/boston-nyc-washington-dc-san

"Mayors and local lawmakers in America’s largest cities continue to take innovative steps to lower energy costs for consumers and businesses, increase their resilience, and reduce pollution through increased energy efficiency, according to the 2nd edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)."

Design Guide Helps Grocery Stores Cut Energy Use

U.S. Department of Energy, May 14, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/design-guide-helps-grocery-stores-cut-energy-use

"Grocery stores are responsible for approximately 9% of the total energy consumed by commercial buildings in the U.S.  To reduce this energy impact, a newly released Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores demonstrates how to cut typical energy use in half, conserving approximately 8 billion Btus of energy per year, per store –equivalent to the amount of energy consumed by 148 homes during the same period." Free registration required (from ASHRAE) to download the 50% Guide.

ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holiday [Texas]

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, May 2015.
http://comptroller.texas.gov/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx96_1331/

"During Memorial Day weekend, Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales and use taxes on purchases of certain energy efficient products." 

Saving Energy This Memorial Day

U.S. Department of Energy, May 2015, by Erik Hyrkas. http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/saving-energy-memorial-day

"The first summer holiday is just around the corner, and we know what’s on your minds for your Memorial getaway---fun in the sun, BBQs, and great family getaways to the beach. So how do we get ready for all of the excess fun, and fare with energy efficiency in mind?"

Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Increase Energy Efficiency of Schools, Offices, Stores and other U.S. Buildings

U.S. Department of Energy News Release, May 5, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-invests-6-million-increase-energy-efficiency-schools-offices-stores

"As part of the Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings and double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department today announced nearly $6 million to accelerate energy efficiency in offices, shops, schools and other buildings that will help businesses and communities save money, create jobs, and reduce pollution. In total, the eight competitively-selected projects will receive $6 million and with private sector cost sharing reach a total investment of $12.5 million."

Kirkland [WA] Has The World’s Greenest Road

KUOW.org, May 19, 2015, by Hannah Burn and Kim Malcolm.
http://kuow.org/post/kirkland-has-world-s-greenest-road?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social_Media&utm_campaign=051915_environment

"A short street in Kirkland has earned the honor of being the greenest road in the world -- at least by one measure.  The Greenroads Foundation, based in Seattle, evaluates roads worldwide – including in Taiwan, New Zealand and the United Emirates. Washington state looks good on the foundation's site, with five of the six “silver-certified” projects located here."

Baseline Energy Modeling Approach for Residential M&V Applications

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Report #E15-288, May 11, 2015.
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/baseline-energy-modeling-approach-for-residential-m-v-applications.pdf?sfvrsn=4

"This report provides the results of analytical research on establishing a method for developing a robust energy baseline regression model and evaluation of how the model performed on the electric interval dataset from NEEA’s Residential Building Stock Analysis metering study."

Hydronics 101

ASHRAE Journal, May 2015, by Jeff Boldt and Julia Keen.
http://tinyurl.com/lqbkj67

"This article focuses solely on the basics related to configuration, layout, and major system components of hot water and chilled water systems as an introduction to hydronics for those new to the design industry. "

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