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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.

 


Rock the Watt: An Energy Conservation Campaign at Pacific Northwest National Lab

U.S. Department of Energy, FEMP, Jan. 2016.
http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2016/01/f28/rockthewattcasestudy2.pdf

"Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), one of the seventeen Department of Energy laboratories, implemented the 3-month Rock the Watt campaign in FY2015 to reduce energy use at its main campus in Richland, Washington. The campaign objectives were to educate PNNL employees on energy conservation opportunities in their workplace and to motivate them to help PNNL to save energy and costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

Top 10 Energy Efficiency Predictions for 2016

CLEAResult, Jan. 21, 2016, by Colleen Langevin.
https://www.clearesult.com/insights/top-energy-efficiency-predictions-2016

"We assembled a group of policy, technology, customer engagement and business experts from within our CLEAResult leadership to forecast the future of energy efficiency in 2016. Read our list of trends and predictions related to energy efficiency and where it’s headed in the new year."

Smart Manufacturing: The Internet of Things: Power at Your Fingertips

Food Engineering, Jan. 2016, by Debra Schug.
http://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/95046-the-internet-of-things-power-at-your-fingertips

"The concepts and technologies encompassed by the term “Internet of Things” are rapidly changing the world. Sometimes called “Industry 4.0” or the “Industrial Internet,” it is the idea that manufacturers will be able to connect everything in their operations, allowing information to be easily exchanged and enabling more autonomous plants."

Teaming Up to Apply Advanced Manufacturing Methods to Wind Turbine Production

U.S. Department of Energy, February 1, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/teaming-apply-advanced-manufacturing-methods-wind-turbine-production

"DOE’s Wind Program and Advanced Manufacturing Office, ORNL, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), and other organizations are partnering to apply this advanced manufacturing technology to the production of wind turbine blade molds. By applying 3D printing to the manufacture of blade molds, it is possible to reduce costs and time associated with manufacturing, experiment with new capabilities, and improve design flexibility. Blades are some of the most important—yet costly—components of a wind turbine, so finding ways to reduce the cost of blade manufacturing will further reduce the costs of wind energy."

Yes, Saving Energy is Cheaper than Making Energy

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Environment, Jan. 27, 2016, Annie Gilleo.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/01/yes-saving-energy-cheaper-making

"Utilities have options when it comes to meeting customer demand for electricity. They can build power plants to convert fossil fuels to energy. They can capture renewable resources like solar and wind. And they can work with residents and businesses to lower demand by implementing energy efficiency programs."

Green Building Report

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2016, by B. Alan Whitson.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/14-Tips-for-Success-in-Green-Building---16409?source=part

A 4-part article from the U.S. Green Building Council:

Part 1: 14 Tips for Success in Green Building
Part 2: Green Strategies Include Early Use of Safety Experts, Installation Troubleshooting
Part 3: Other Green Strategies Include Inventory Management, Good Roof Maintenance 
Part 4: U.S. Green Building Council Perspective: High-Performance Green Buildings as a Keystone of a Low-Carbon Economy

Microsoft Plumbs Ocean’s Depths to Test Underwater Data Center

New York Times, Jan. 31, 2016, by John Markoff.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/01/technology/microsoft-plumbs-oceans-depths-to-test-underwater-data-center.html?_r=0

"Microsoft has tested a prototype of a self-contained data center that can operate hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean, eliminating one of the technology industry’s most expensive problems: the air-conditioning bill."

U.S. Wind Sees Second Strongest Quarter in History, Ready for 2016

Into the Wind (AWEA Blog), Jan. 27, 2016, by Hannah Hunt.
http://www.aweablog.org/u-s-wind-sees-second-strongest-quarter-in-history-ready-for-2016/

"The fourth quarter numbers are in, and they are impressive: the U.S. wind industry recorded its second strongest quarter in history. Combined with the best policy certainty it’s ever known, American wind is poised for a take-off."

Emerging Markets Are Finally Getting Serious About Energy Efficiency

Forbes, Jan. 29, 2016, by Bain Insights.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/baininsights/2016/01/29/emerging-markets-are-finally-getting-serious-about-energy-efficiency/#19189e1f6c79

"Companies in energy, manufacturing, financial services and many other industries stand to benefit from efforts to reduce energy consumption in the world’s fast-growing economies, providing they understand how policy makers shape these programs and where the opportunities lie."

Optimizing Thermal Processing Operations with Predictive Maintenance

Ipsen, Jan. 2016, by Aymeric Goldsteinas.
http://www.ipsenusa.com/processes-and-resources/articles-and-case-studies/optimizing-thermal-processing-operations-with-predictive-maintenance

"Currently in the thermal processing industry, when a heat treatment furnace breaks, the result is clear: production comes to a grinding halt and the personnel necessary to resolve the issue might not be readily on hand. As a result, companies are faced with unplanned downtime until the problem is resolved, potential overtime wages for the necessary personnel, the cost of rushing critical part shipments and more. In an effort to combat this issue, the ultimate goal of predictive maintenance and Ipsen's PdMetrics™ software platform for predictive maintenance is to carry out maintenance at a scheduled time when the maintenance activity is most cost-effective and before the equipment's performance decreases below the set threshold."

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