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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.

 


Estimating Customer Electricity Savings from Projects Installed by the U.S. ESCO industry

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Nov. 25, 2014.
http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/Estimating%20customer%20Electricity%20Savings_25Nov2014_FINAL.pdf

"We introduce a method to estimate the total amount of electricity saved by projects implemented by the U.S. ESCO industry using the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) /National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) database of projects and LBNL’s biannual industry survey. We report two metrics: incremental electricity savings metric and savings from ESCO projects that are active in a given year (e.g., 2012)."

DOE Zero Energy Ready Home™ Case Study

U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Nov. 2014.
http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2015/01/f19/DOE_ZEH_TCLegend_11-2014.pdf

TC Legend Homes, Montlake Modern, Seattle, WA
"After two years of searching for their dream home, a Seattle couple turned to zero energy home builder Ted Clifton of TC Legend Homes, who built them a modern two-story with a mother-in-law suite and views of Lake Washington from the roof-top deck. Clifton calls the home a positive energy home, one that produces more energy than the home itself consumes. In fact, the home should produce enough electricity to power an electric car with the charging station set up in the garage."

The Energy Efficiency and Productivity Benefits of Smart Appliances and ICT-Enabled Networks: An Initial Assessment

ACEEE, Nov. 12, 2014, by John A. “Skip” Laitner, Matthew T. McDonnell, and Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez. [Requires free registration to download full report.]
http://aceee.org/research-report/f1402

"In a new ACEEE report, we’ve looked at this expanded use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and found that it could become a leading catalyst to boost greater economic productivity while saving money and reducing environmental impacts."

Dynamic Designs With Electrochromic Glass

Environmental Design + Construction (EDC), Oct. 2014, by Derrick Teal.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95904-95904-dynamic-designs-with-electrochromic-glass

"An updated take on a technology is helping designers make buildings more comfortable and energy efficient while adhering to cleaner aesthetic."

American-Made Wind Turbine Blades

News Release, Sandia National Laboratories, Sept. 2014.
https://share.sandia.gov/news/resources/news_releases/american_turbine/#.VFv_cmx0wWo

"Sandia National Laboratories is helping makers of wind turbine blades improve the labor productivity associated with blade fabrication and finishing. This improved productivity makes domestic blades more cost competitive with blades from countries that pay workers lower wages. The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (AMII), a three-year $6.3 million project, brought together researchers from Sandia, Iowa State University, and TPI Composites of Scottsdale, Ariz., which operates a turbine blade factory in Newton, Iowa."

Watts in a Drop of Water: Savings at the Water-Energy Nexus

ACEEE White Paper, Nov. 5, 2014, by Rachel Young. [Free registration required to view full-text.]
http://aceee.org/white-paper/watts-in-drop-water

"This paper shows a range of energy intensities for water and wastewater services and in residential hot and cold water. We draw from existing data to develop national estimates of energy savings associated with water savings, including energy used in water conveyance, water heating, and water and sewage treatment."

Stadiums Tackle Sustainability

Buildings, Oct. 2014, by Christopher Curtland.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18021/title/stadiums-tackle-sustainability.aspx

"Green sports facilities set an example for other sites." Sustainability & energy efficiency highlights are given for seven stadiums.

7 Fundamentals of Green O&M

Buildings, Oct. 2014, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18020/title/7-fundamentals-of-green-o-m.aspx

"Opportunities to run your facility in an environmentally conscious manner abound. Everything from product procurement, cleaning, and waste management to water efficiency, landscaping, and daylighting can and should be driven by sustainability. But with tight budgets and competing interests, keeping green at the heart of your operations is challenging. And no matter how eco-friendly your building’s design is, there’s always room for continuous improvement on the O&M side. We’ve found seven key areas that should be part of any green operations plan."

Community Shared Solar: Policy and Regulatory Considerations

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Sep. 2014.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy14osti/62367.pdf

"This paper explores the ways in which the shared solar business model interacts with existing policy and regulations, including net metering, tax credits, and securities regulation. It presents some of the barriers that shared solar projects may face, and provides options for creating a supportive policy environment."

Could Reducing Peak Demand 5% Be As Simple As ... Asking?

Utility Dive, Nov. 4, 2014, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/could-reducing-peak-demand-5-be-as-simple-as-asking/329102/

"A pilot program completed over the summer turned up this: When utilities asked customers to turn down the thermostat, they did it. Power providers looking to leverage the benefits of demand response face a big challenge—only about 5% of U.S. households participate in demand response programs. There are a variety of reasons, ranging from the time and difficulty in studying and getting demand response programs approved to ratepayer confusion over dynamic pricing. And while more coordinated, price-oriented and opt-in programs will show deeper savings on a per-meter basis, demand response provider Opower's [Michigan] work in so-called "behavioral demand response" is challenging the traditional route to demand response savings."

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