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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.

 


Energy Efficiency: The Secret Revolution

Solutions Journal, Rocky Mountain Institute, Summer 2014, by Amory Lovins.
https://medium.com/solutions-journal-summer-2014/energy-efficiency-the-secret-revolution-87076f0b6026

"How low can we go in the efficiency limbo? Nobody knows — but we’re far from any practical limit, and the frontiers keep expanding. Every gain in smart thermostats and superwindows, in LEDs and motors, in process equipment and computers, locks in more “negawatts” that further reduce our energy intensity."

CHP in the US and UK

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, Dec. 2014, by Craig Howie and Alan Osborn.
http://www.cospp.com/articles/print/volume-15/issue-6/features/chp-in-the-us-and-uk.html

"It is often said that the UK and US are separated by a common language, but there are real and clear differences between the two countries' approaches to developing combined heat and power. CHP is firmly entrenched as part of the UK's energy mix, but many in the industry would argue that this is in spite rather than because of the approach taken by ministers. It is quite a contrast with the US, where federal, state and local governments seem keen to promote cogeneration."

[ASHRAE] 90.1 and Designing High Performance Commercial Kitchen Ventilation Systems

ASHRAE Journal, Nov. 2014, by Don Fisher.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2014Nov_012-025_Fisher.pdf

"...regardless of the limits to energy efficiency, ASHRAE through its technical committees and industry support has moved the North American CKV design world from the dark ages to the front-of-the-pack. Furthermore, the inclusion of commercial kitchen ventilation within Standard 90.1 has caught the attention of the HVAC design community. We believe that the CKV system design has taken a positive step forward as a result of the Standard 90.1 initiative. Provided the designer understands the implications, limits and subtleties of the best practice options, one can cost-effectively increase the energy efficiency of CKV systems in concert with improving thermal comfort in the kitchen."

Low-Income Housing a Rich Market for Commercial-Scale Solar

Solar Industry, Nov. 2014, by Mike Healy.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1411/FEAT_05_Low-Income-Housing-A-Rich-Market-For-Commercial-Scale-Solar.html

"Policymakers and community-based incentives are extending solar thermal benefits to new customers."

Report: Utility Spending on Energy Efficiency Soars as Supportive State Policies Are Expanded

Power Magazine, Dec. 2014, by Sonal Patel.
http://www.powermag.com/report-utility-spending-on-energy-efficiency-soars-as-supportive-state-policies-are-expanded/

"Electric utility spending and budgets for customer-funded energy efficiency programs have seen a 30% boost compared to 2010 levels and could double by 2025, thanks to expanding state policies, an updated report from the Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI) suggests."

Energy Codes for Ultra-Low-Energy Buildings: A Critical Pathway to Zero Net Energy Buildings

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Dec. 2014, by Jennifer Thorne Amann.
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/a1403.pdf

"A zero net energy (ZNE) building is a home or commercial building that on average produces as much energy as it uses, achieved through energy efficiency and renewable technologies.  Building energy codes can help us transition to ZNE construction for new residential and commercial buildings by 2030. We will need to expand the scope of codes to capture all building energy uses, address whole building systems instead of focusing on individual components, and shift our focus from building design to actual building energy use by adopting outcome-based codes."


'Storage is Here': Solar-Plus-Storage Market will Surpass $1B by 2018

Utility Dive, Dec. 17, 2014, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/storage-is-here-solar-plus-storage-market-will-surpass-1b-by-2018/345117/

"10% of new commercial solar customers will pair their installations with storage by 2018, according to research published Thursday morning by GTM Research. Spurred by falling battery prices, the solar-plus-storage market will surpass $1 billion that year, but analysts warn that there are potential challenges ahead."

German PV Recycling Law Likely to Set a Global Standard

Solar Industry, Nov. 2014, by Oliver Friedrichs.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1411/FEAT_02_German-PV-Recycling-Law-Likely-To-Set-A-Global-Standard.html

"Requirements aimed at recovering end-of-life PV [photovoltaic] products are intended to make a green industry even greener."

EPA Offers Advice For Combined Heat And Power With Biogas Engines And Turbines

Treatment Plant Operator, Nov. 2014, by Ted J. Rulseh.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2014/11/epa_offers_advice_for
_combined_heat_and_power_with_biogas_engines_and_turbi


"As clean-water plants increasingly look to save energy and maximize energy production, the U.S. EPA offers assistance on combined heat and power."

6 Considerations for Wind

Buildings Magazine, Nov. 2014, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18127/title/6-considerations-for-wind.aspx

"Learn about the breezy benefits of this renewable power source. You don’t need gale-force winds to invest in a turbine. This form of renewable energy is breezing its way onto schools, hotels, office parks, and college campuses. As long as you have available land and an eye for a long-range payback, wind can help you secure clean energy in your own backyard."

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