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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 Program Financing: Where It Comes From, Where It Goes, and How It Gets There

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, June 2016, by Jeff Deason, Greg Leventis, Charles A. Goldman, and Juan Pablo Carvallo.

"In this technical brief we characterize the programmatic energy efficiency financing market from a quantitative perspective. Financing in this report refers to provision of capital—which is paid back over time—to cover up-front costs of energy efficiency. It does not refer to rebates and other types of incentives." 


Applying Combined Heat and Power Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, June 2016, by Rodney V. Oathout.

"Cogeneration systems, often referred to as combined heat and power (CHP) systems, generate both electricity and thermal energy. As they become more common in the United States, engineers must understand the nuances and design strategies for successful application."

Planning and Budgeting for the Evaluation of Energy Efficiency Programs

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, May 23, 2016, by Steven R. Schiller, Jennifer Meissner, Katie Rich, and Fred Gordon. (A webinar presentation.)

"In this webinar our panel of experts discussed how states are establishing infrastructures, plans and budgets for their evaluations of efficiency programs funded by utility customers (ratepayers). State representatives, who have developed EM&V strategies, share their experiences and lessons learned."

Dan James Appointed New Deputy Administrator for BPA

Bonneville Power Administration Newsroom, May 4, 2016.

"BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer announced today the appointment of Dan James, formerly of the regional utility cooperative PNGC Power, to the position of deputy administrator for the Northwest power marketing agency."

Real-world Research at Wanapum Dam

Hydro Review, May 2016, by Yannick Baril, Maxim Bergeron, Jose Figueroa, and Jeff Niehenke.

"Repair work at Grant County Public Utility District's Wanapum Dam in Washington offered an uncommon chance to perform studies on operating machinery."

Classroom Ventilation: Meeting Today's Challenges

Engineered Systems, May 2016, by Steven G. Liescheidt.

"Budgets, codes, and technologies are constantly shifting and evolving. These days, even the classrooms are often portable. Staying one step ahead will depend on your knowledge of current design options and how to integrate them into the space."

Assessing the Radiant Roads to School Design

Engineered Systems, May 2016, by Chris Miller and Eddie Ortiz.

"Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the authors pursue some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll."

State [WA] Grants $10.6 Million for Energy Efficiency and Solar Projects

The Gorge Business News, May 7, 2016.

"The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced over $10 million in energy efficiency and solar grants to help reduce energy costs at eight higher education institutions, 32 local governments, four state agencies, and eight K-12 public school districts. See the full list of 52 grant awards on our website."

Replacing a Steam Boiler

Engineered Systems, Jun 2016, by Ray Wohlfarth.

"When designing or replacing a low pressure steam boiler, throw out everything you know about hydronic boilers. A steam system is closer in operation to an air conditioning unit than it is to a hydronic boiler. If you design a steam system using hydronic design methods, it will not operate properly. A hydronic system uses sensible heat while a steam system uses both sensible and latent heat. Sensible heat can be measured with a thermometer while latent heat causes a change of state and cannot be measured accurately with a thermometer. The following are some of the steps I take when designing a replacement steam system."

Tacoma Power Ductless Heat Pump Proposal Changes Washington State Energy Code

Northwest Public Power Bulletin, Apr. 2016, by Sonja Bert. -- scroll or jump to page 14.

"Tacoma Power's proposal to change the Washington State Energy code will soon make ductless heat pumps (DHPs) mandatory in some new construction homes. The change will save money for homeowners and help reduce the need for future power plants across the state."


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