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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.

 


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."

Onsite Energy Manager Pilot Programs: A Survey of Practices and Lessons Learned

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Research Report IE132, March 2014, by Christopher Russell. (Free registration required to view full-text.)
http://aceee.org/research-report/ie132

"Energy program administrators are sponsoring the placement of dedicated energy managers at industrial facilities to overcome the obstacles to energy optimization.  These pilot efforts seek to accelerate the pace and volume of industrial efficiency initiatives. This report describes five existing programs. The intent is to boost awareness of this program concept, which could be a critical component of future energy policy and program design."

Constructing Comfort — One Tool at a Time: It Takes the Right Instruments to Get the Job Done

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, Mar. 3, 2014, by Cherie Preville.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/126051-constructing-comfort-one-tool-at-a-time

"HVAC contractors aim to make homeowners comfortable in their own houses. To achieve this goal, a growing number of contractors are extending their attention beyond basic HVAC equipment; they’re considering efficiency improvements to the entire residential structure. Once equipped with the right dose of knowledge and the proper tools, contractors are able to offer whole-house “Goldilocks” solutions: Those that fit just right."

Prepare for DOE Pump Efficiency Regulations (Part 3)

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2014, by Robert K. Asdal, The Hydraulic Institute, Inc.
http://www.pump-zone.com/pumps/march-2014-prepare-doe-pump-efficiency-regulations

"This is the last part of a three-part series that discusses the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) pump efficiency regulations and how the Hydraulic Institute (HI) is working with HI members, the DOE and other groups to reduce the burden on U.S. pump manufacturers, while supporting DOE efforts to achieve energy savings and efficiency improvements in the marketplace."

Achieving Balance: Exploring the "Why" of Voltage Optimization

Rural Electric Magazine, Mar. 2014, by Courtney Barry.
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nreca/re0314/index.php?startid=24#/26

"Some electric co-op engineers see it as a real catch-22: maintaining a system that can support or allow a reduction in voltage while ensuring that adequate voltage is received by every consumer, all the way to the end of the line. But with the right tools and some forethought, achieving that balance doesn't have to be an insurmountable challenge, says Jim Weikert, automation consultant for Power System Engineering (powersystem.org) in Madison, Wis."

Converting Sulfur from Flue Gas into Fertilizer

Power Magazine, Mar. 2014, by Gail Reitenbach, PhD.
http://www.powermag.com/converting-sulfur-from-flue-gas-into-fertilizer/

"As environmental regulations tighten—both in the U.S. and around the world—coal-fired power plants continue to look for ways to operate economically. Though reuse and sale of coal combustion by-products has a long history, one new approach could benefit a somewhat unlikely partner industry."

10 U.S. Cities Tackle Efficiency

Architectural Record, Feb. 12, 2014, by Peter Fairley.
http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2014/02/140212-10-US-Cities-Tackle-Efficiency.asp

"Buildings are the source of one half to three-quarters of greenhouse-gas emissions in most American cities. Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Houston, and six more large cities have joined forces to tackle the problem by targeting their biggest buildings. “The largest buildings tend to be 3 to 4 percent of the overall number of buildings but account for 40 to 50 percent of the square footage and energy consumption. You have this terrific opportunity to work with a handful of buildings and make a big dent,” says Laurie Kerr, director of the City Energy Project (CEP), which launched in late January."

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