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Energy Newsbriefs Blog

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.

 


2014 Wind Technologies Market Report

U.S. Department of Energy, August 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/wind/downloads/2014-wind-technologies-market-report

"According to the 2014 Wind Technologies Market Report, total installed wind power capacity in the United States grew at a rate of eight percent in 2014, bringing the United States total installed capacity to nearly 66 gigawatts (GW), which ranks second in the world and meets 4.9 percent of U.S. end-use electricity demand in an average year. In total, 4,854 MW of new wind energy capacity were installed in the United States in 2014."

Specifying Acoustical Ceilings in Green Buildings

The Construction Specifier, Aug. 2015, by Kenneth P. Roy.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/specifying-acoustical-ceilings-in-green-buildings/

"Until now, acoustics in commercial office buildings had not been a formal part of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems except on a case-by-case basis. The new LEED v4 criteria, however, now takes into account the value of good acoustics in enhancing occupant satisfaction and productivity."

It's All About the Data: How the Building Performance Database is Informing Decisions on Energy Efficiency

U.S. Department of Energy, Aug. 25, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/articles/its-all-about-data-how-building-performance-database-informing-decisions

"Filling a gap in the market, the BPD provides public access to anonymized data on hundreds and thousands of buildings and homes.  Increased access to energy-related information in buildings allows end-users to make key decisions on energy efficiency projects, policies and programs. For the first time, users can compare variables across regional markets, uncover data trends, and draw conclusions that would otherwise be impossible or costly to identify."

The Future of Microgrid Markets

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2015, by Lyn Corum.
http://digital.businessenergy.net/publication/?i=266629&p=36#{}

"The why, where, and how of growth in distributed energy resources."

Here are Some New Tools to Support Local Energy Efficiency

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Aug. 27, 2015, by Tyler Bailey.
http://aceee.org/blog/2015/08/here-are-some-new-tools-support-local

"The Local Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator (LEEP-C) is a decision making tool for local policymaking. It estimates the impact select public and residential buildings policies have on energy savings, cost savings, pollution, and other outcomes. We have upgraded the original tool (v. 1.0, released in 2011) to include measures­ in the commercial building and transportation sector."

IT Industry’s Renewable Energy Procurement is Significant, Set to Climb

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Aug 20, 2015.
http://www.nrel.gov/news/press/2015/19551

"The percentage of renewable electricity purchased by U.S. companies in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector is growing and will likely increase significantly by the start of the next decade, according to a first-ever analysis by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The report, "Renewable Electricity Use by the U.S. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Industry," includes case studies of renewable energy purchased by companies including Apple, Facebook, Google and other key industry figures."

NREL Helps Federal Agencies Reach New Efficiency Targets

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Aug 19, 2015, by Wayne Hicks.
http://www.nrel.gov/news/features/2015/19546

"An executive order issued by the White House in March puts greater emphasis on work done at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to help government agencies meet their goals. NREL has long been a resource for federal agencies on energy efficiency efforts and renewable energy technology. The newest executive order calls for tougher goals and spurs agencies to do more than what they've done already."

Energy Storage Fast Facts

enerG, Jul./Aug. 2015.
http://www.altenerg.com/docs/12/f46c4d170915785dd7799484f55c1676d6bf05fd/EnergyStorageFastFacts.pdf

"Devices that can store energy for use at a later time have developed rapidly to meet the rising requirements for energy. The U.S. is on the cusp of a breakout year for energy storage. The U.S. energy storage market is forecast to grow 250 percent in 2015, according to the inaugural U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA)."

Blades & Rotors [Turbines]

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2015, by Carol Brzozowski.
http://digital.businessenergy.net/publication/?i=266629&p=36#{}

"Savings and reliability from turbines and microturbines."

Healthy Choices: Selecting From the Distributed Generation Rate Menu

Public Power, Jul/Aug 2015, by Laura D'Alessandro.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=44168

"Choosing the best distributed generation rate design for your utility depends largely on your community."

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