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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.

 


AEE Columbia River Chapter Announces "Wrench of the Year" Award Winners

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), Dec. 10, 2015.
http://www.aeecenter.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=4610

"The Columbia River Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers   (AEE CRC), a professional organization dedicated to implementing   energy efficient technologies, announced the winners of Wrench of the Year Award 2015: Dan Wagner, plant engineer and maintenance  manager at Brentwood  Corporation; and Don Eaton, plant engineer  at the Portland facility of Darigold."

Commercial Air Conditioners & Furnaces: Energy Department Announces Largest Energy Efficiency Standard in History

U.S. Department of Energy, Dec. 17, 2015.
http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-announces-largest-energy-efficiency-standard-history

"The U.S. Department of Energy today announced historic new efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces. Developed with industry, utilities, and environmental groups, these standards will save more energy than any other standard issued by the Department to date. Over the lifetime of the products, businesses will save $167 billion on their utility bills and carbon pollution will be reduced by 885 million metric tons."

Survey of Buyers, Sellers and Realtors Involved In San Diego Third-Party Owned Solar Home Transactions – A Qualitative Assessment

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Dec. 2015. https://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-1003917.pdf "Third-party ownership (or “TPO”) structures have revolutionized the residential solar photovoltaic (“PV”) industry, opening up new customer segments and growing to dominate the market – they include leases and power purchase agreements (“PPA”).  While the immediate benefits to customers are well-documented, there remains some question as to the long-term impacts of the TPO agreements, particularly as they relate to home sales.  This research utilizes data collected through a combination of surveys and interviews with various participants involved in actual home transactions (i.e. buyers, sellers, and realtors) to explore how TPO PV systems impact homes sales in the San Diego region.  These data indicate that while the presence of TPO systems do add some complexity to the real estate transaction, the overall impacts in terms of sales price, time on market, agreement transfers and customer ... Read the rest of entry »

HVAC SAVE: A Case Study in the Next Evolution of Residential Quality Installation Programs

 

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Dec. 2015.
http://www.hvacsave.com/sites/default/files/HVAC%20SAVE%20A%20Case%20Study%20in%20the%20Next%20Evolution%20of%20Residential%20Quality%20Installation%20Programs%20Web.pdf

"MEEA partnered with Energy Stewards International (ESI) to develop the HVAC SAVE program to train and certify HVAC contractors in the skills necessary to determine in-place efficiency of functioning HVAC systems. There are two main components to the HVAC SAVE program: contractor training and field performance testing. The goal of the combination of these two elements is to have the contractors take what they have learned in the classroom, apply it in the field by optimizing installed equipment, and then verify their installation through real time web-based diagnostic testing."

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Benchmarking Building Energy Use

ASHRAE Journal, Nov. 2015, by David N. Schurk.
http://tinyurl.com/z3ykvaz

"When considering how to improve a building's energy footprint, it is critical to understand how the building is performing. Benchmarking can help to compare the building's energy performance to something similar, such as the like performance of  the building at the same time last year, or the like performance compared to similar facilities (peer buildings) elsewhere. Several simple benchmarking approaches used today will provide insight to help identify energy consumption."

12 Ways to Save Energy in Data Centers

Building Operating Management, Nov. 2015, by Steve Ryan and Robert Huang. [Scroll to page 48 of the journal, or page 53 of the PDF.)
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/bom/graphics/15/11/bo1115.pdf

"These proven strategies offer best practices that can be applied in many data centers."

Pumps: State of Global Efficiency Standards (Part 1 of 2)

Pumps & Systems, Nov. 2015, by Lev Nelik.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/november-2015-state-global-efficiency-standards

"Despite an increasing focus on energy savings around the world, no formal standard—that is also simple and practical—exists. A recent pump energy conference in the Middle East took a comparative look at available resources on the subject in the U.S., Europe, Israel and other areas of the world. Several fledgling documents on formalizing the approach are in the works, but nothing is complete to the point of availability to the pumping community."

Zero Net Energy Building Controls: Characteristics, Energy Impacts and Lessons

Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), Nov. 2015, prepared by the New Building Institute.
http://www.caba.org/documents/reports/CABA%20ZNE%20report%202015%20full.pdf

"This research examined the controls perspectives from design firms responsible for 23 buildings, operators of six buildings and occupants of seven buildings....  Control systems can deliver important benefits that support the owner and occupants as well as the goals of reduced energy use in buildings."


Innovative Study Helps Offshore Wind Developers Protect Wildlife

U.S. Department of Energy, Oct. 27, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/innovative-study-helps-offshore-wind-developers-protect-wildlife

"Thanks to a first-of-its-kind in-depth study of wildlife distribution and movements, the nation’s Eastern Seaboard is better prepared than ever for offshore wind energy."

System Considerations for VSDs in Industrial Machinery

Pumps & Systems, Nov. 2015, by Paul Stavrou.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/november-2015-system-considerations-vsds-industrial-machinery

"The changing landscape of hydraulic drives is leading many fluid power specialists to quickly adapt to VSDs."

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