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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.

 


National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Tapped to Develop Transformational Grid Technology

Windpower Engineering & Development, Jan. 25, 2016, by Paul Dvorak.
http://www.windpowerengineering.com/design/electrical/nreca-tapped-to-develop-transformational-grid-technology/

"The Department of Energy’s advanced research group has selected the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to develop breakthrough data repositories and open-access models of the electric grid—foundational tools that are needed to modernize the country’s electric infrastructure."

Residential Energy+ Finance the Future [Home Energy Upgrades]

Rocky Mountain Institute Insight Brief, Jan. 2016.
http://www.rmi.org/Content/Files/residential_energy_plus_finance_the_future.pdf

"Home energy upgrades can disproportionately benefit very low-, low-, and moderate-income homeowners, ensuring their improved physical and financial health as well as improved stability in the broader financial markets. This paper explores the financial benefits of home energy upgrades and seeks to identify opportunities—such as the Federal Housing Finance Authority’s Duty to Serve rule—to link greater market access and transparency around home energy performance with improved financial health for homeowners and mortgage markets overall."

Hurst Boiler Commissions New Poultry Litter-Fueled Biomass Boiler

Biomass Magazine, Jan. 25, 2016.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/12825/hurst-boiler-commissions-new-poultry-litter-fueled-biomass-boiler

"Hurst Boiler, an international manufacturer of a complete line of gas, oil, coal and hybrid biomass fuel fired steam and hot water boilers since 1967, announces the commissioning of its third poultry litter- fueled boiler."

Why Computers Must Sleep

Motherboard, Jan. 23, 2016, by Emanuel Maiberg.
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/why-computers-must-sleep

"Do computers dream of electric sheep? Not unless we program them to, but the important thing is that they're sleeping in the first place. Idle electronics may waste as much as $19 billion in energy costs annually in the United States, according to study from the National Resource Defense Council."

How Much Does Storage Really Cost? Lazard Weighs In

RMI Outlet, Jan. 21, 2016, by David Labrador.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_01_21_how_much_does_storage_really_cost_lazard_weighs_in

"In November 2015, financial advisory firm Lazard released its first-ever Levelized Cost of Storage Analysis (LCOS). Well known for its Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE) analysis—now out in version 9.0—Lazard publishing an analysis of storage is a major sign that it considers battery energy storage a critical technology that’s here to stay. But a closer look at Lazard’s LCOS shows something RMI’s October 2015 Economics of Battery Energy Storage report noted: a) battery economics are usually evaluated on the basis of single-use cases, b) stacking multiple uses can greatly enhance battery economics, and c) evaluating those economics gets difficult quickly. It’s the use cases and stacked value streams—in addition to per-kWh cell cost declines—that offer tremendous opportunity."

State Approaches to Demand Reduction Induced Price Effects: Examining How Energy Efficiency Can Lower Prices for All

SEE Action, U.S. Department of Energy, Dec. 9, 2015.
https://www4.eere.energy.gov/seeaction/publication/state-approaches-demand-reduction-induced-price-effects-examining-how-energy-efficiency

"A number of states, especially in the Northeast, are beginning to recognize Demand Reduction Induced Price Effects (DRIPE) as a real, quantifiable benefit of energy efficiency and demand response programs. DRIPE is a measurement of the value of demand reductions in terms of the decrease in wholesale energy prices, resulting in lower total expenditures on electricity or natural gas across a given grid. This paper reviews the existing knowledge and experience from select U.S. states regarding DRIPE (including New York and Ohio), and the potential for expanded application of the concept of  DRIPE by regulators."

Outlook for Hydropower in the U.S.

Hydro Review, Jan. 2016, by Michael Harris.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-35/issue-1/articles/outlook-for-hydropower-in-the-u-s.html

"Though other forms of renewable energy have arguably emerged as more visible in the public eye, hydroelectric power remains as key a component in the United States’ energy mix as ever before. However, federal legislation enacted in recent years has helped spark a renaissance in the U.S. hydro sector, and even with elections looming later this year, more significant policy could still be coming."

Old Buildings Are U.S. Cities’ Biggest Sustainability Challenge

Harvard Business Review, Jan. 21, 2016, by Iain Campbell and Koben Calhoun.
https://hbr.org/2016/01/old-buildings-are-u-s-cities-biggest-sustainability-challenge

"In the United States, buildings consume 41 percent of the nation’s total energy use, through lighting, heating, air conditioning, elevators, and the thousands of items plugged into their sockets. In large urban centers such as Chicago and New York, the figure surpasses 70%. As the world seeks to forge a path to a clean energy future, the simple fact is that we need to reduce the energy used by cities and their buildings."

U.S. Leaders in Energy Management Eligible for New Global Award

U.S. Department of Energy, Jan. 21, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/amo/articles/us-leaders-energy-management-eligible-new-global-award

"The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is taking part in a prestigious new global awards program to recognize companies or organizations that use an ISO 50001-certified energy management system (EnMS) to save energy and reduce costs. The Energy Management Leadership Awards program should expand global use of these proven systems and help attain national and global climate goals."

Want to Weigh Your State’s Clean Power Plan Compliance Options? Check Out Our New SUPR 2 Calculator

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Jan. 19, 2016, by Cassandra Kubes.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/01/want-weigh-your-state-s-clean-power

"As states consider plans to submit to EPA, they will want to evaluate the costs of their compliance options, but comparing different strategies can be complex. To assist states in exploring the cost and pollution reduction potential of different options, ACEEE has created the State and Utility Pollution Reduction Calculator Version 2 (SUPR 2)."

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