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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.

 


Using BAS for M&V

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2014, by Moh Heidari.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/using-bas-for-m-v/49a3b0aa6578991ee5105693452093ba.html

"Without knowing the performance metrics of a building, measuring the success of the engineered systems is limited. Engineers should know the process for using BAS for measurement and verification (M&V) as a part of retro-commissioning in high-performance buildings."

US Utilities and Distributed Generators: Enemies No More?

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, Jan.-Feb. 2014.
http://www.cospp.com/articles/print/volume-15/issue-1/features/us-utilities-and-distributed-generators-enemies-no-more.html

"The US utility market is changing and the traditionally dominant players are seemingly beset on all sides. Could the distributed generation sector hold the key to a new business model? Elisa Wood spots signs of a new relationship."

Integrating and Optimizing Power and Mechanical Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2014, by Suzan X. Sun-Yuan and Mohsen Aghai.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/integrating-and-optimizing-power-and-mechanical-systems/4c73b34e4d119694b785fd6dc195a94f.html

"As the overall “brains” of the building, the BAS coordinates the work of all the building’s engineered systems, including the power management system. Overall building power demand requirements must be carefully evaluated by both mechanical and electrical engineers during design, with respect to the challenges of both disciplines." 

Industrial Energy Efficiency: Designing Effective State Programs for the Industrial Sector

State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network, Mar. 2014.  Prepared by A. Goldberg, R. P. Taylor, and B. Hedman, Institute for Industrial Productivity.
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/seeaction/pdfs/industrial_energy_efficiency.pdf

Report "provides state regulators, utilities, and other program administrators with an overview of U.S. industrial energy efficiency programs delivered by a variety of entities. The report assesses some of the key features of programs that have helped lead to success in generating increased energy savings and identifies new emerging directions in programs that might benefit from additional research and cross-discussion to promote adoption."

The Best Value for America’s Energy Dollar: A National Review of the Cost of Utility Energy Efficiency Programs

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Report Number U1402, March 2014, by Maggie Molina. (Free registration required to access full report.)
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/u1402.pdf

"As efficiency programs gain wider traction as a utility resource, the need increases in step for high-quality, comprehensive and consistent data metrics on energy efficiency program costs and cost-effectiveness. In this report we review utility-sector energy efficiency program costs in recent years (2009-2012).  We collected data from reports by program administrators to calculate the levelized cost of saved energy (CSE), which is the best way to compare energy efficiency to other energy resource options."

Residential Deep Energy Retrofits

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Report Number A1401, March 2014, by Rachel Cluett and Jennifer Amann. (Free registration required to access full report.)
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/a1401.pdf

"This report explores energy efficiency programs that target deep energy savings through substantial improvements to existing residential buildings." 

  

Outsourcing Energy Performance: Its Potential for Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Research Report IE1402, March 2014, by Christopher Russell. (Free registration required to view full text.)
http://aceee.org/research-report/ie1402

"This report evaluates outsourcing as a tool for achieving the energy efficiency program goals.  While offered to industrial and other large facilities primarily to ensure the reliability of energy performance, energy service outsourcing can also enhance energy efficiency in these facilities. The report describes the business models and considerations for both providing and consuming outsourced energy services. Awareness of these issues is crucial to the success of any energy efficiency program that attempts to achieve its goals by relying on the market for energy service outsourcing."

Making Sense of Sprayed Polyurethane Foam

The Construction Specifier, Mar. 2014, by Peter Davis.
http://www.kenilworth.com/publications/cs/de/201403/index.html (jump or scroll to page 34)

"For decades, the U.S. design and construction industry has turned to sprayed polyurethane foam (SPF) to insulate and air seal buildings. SPF can help provide temperature control in various climates, reduce sounds transmitted through the air, and lower construction costs."

Become a Solar Professional

Home Power Magazine, Mar./Apr. 2014, by Vaughan Woodruff.
http://www.homepower.com/articles/solar-electricity/design-installation/become-solar-professional

"In 2012, the solar industry saw a 13.2% increase in employment in the United States—nearly six times higher job growth than in the rest of the U.S. economy. And in 2013, the industry experienced a 20% growth in solar jobs—10 times higher than the national employment rate. This trend is expected to continue as increasing demand for solar will require new professionals involved in the installation, design, sales, and manufacturing of solar heating and photovoltaic (PV) systems."

Compressed Air System Design Recommendations for Food Processors

Compressed Air Best Practices, Mar. 2014, by Roderick Smith.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/food/compressed-air-system-design-recommendations-food-processors

"The codes and recommendations put forth by the BCAS/BRC and by the VDMA provide the compressed air user and specifier in the food industry with some VOLUNTARY guidelines to consider when designing a compressed air system. The key word here is “voluntary”. These recommendations do not recommend the involvement of any inspectors or the creation of new regulations. The compressed air industry has simply shared very solid, unbiased, and practical recommendations to the food industries in their respective countries."

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