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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.

 


The Top 10 Utility Regulatory Commission Issues of 2016

Utility Dive, Nov. 28, 2016, by Krysti Shallenberger.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/the-top-10-utility-regulatory-commission-issues-of-2016/431164/

"From rate design to grid modernization and storage, state utility regulators had their hands full in 2016."

Another Look at Optimizing Pump Hydraulics

Pumps & Systems, Nov. 2016, by Lev Nelik.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/november-2016-another-look-optimizing-pump-hydraulics

"This column will provide feedback on a quiz published in my August 2016 Pumps & Systems column titled “Optimizing Pump Hydraulics: When Is It Important?” (Read it here) Readers were asked to estimate the amount of energy that would be saved by using a variable frequency drive (VFD) with a small centrifugal pump and to compare those savings to the energy used by a pump specifically designed for the required conditions (100 gallons per minute [gpm], 15 feet)."

How Understanding the Psychology of Energy Efficiency Can Help Protect the Environment

ACEEE Blog, Dec. 1, 2016, by Reuven Sussman. 
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/12/how-understanding-psychology-energy

"Why do some people take action to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprints while others do not? Environmental psychologists, behavioral economists and other social scientists have all investigated this question, and come up with a variety of answers. A new report [Social Mobilization: How to Encourage Action on Climate Change], sponsored by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and co-authored by ACEEE, explains the psychology of individual energy efficiency actions, and how large scale behavior change programs can use this research to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

Room to Grow [LED Grow Lights]

HybridTech News, Nov. 23, 2016, by Chris Gromek.
http://hybridtech.us/room-to-grow/

"...it’s a brand new day for the electrical systems that serve marijuana grows and other indoor agricultural installations. And the lighting industry is taking notice. In March 2016, market research firm MarketsandMarkets released an analysis that forecasts a doubling in demand for grow lights worldwide between 2016 and 2022, with sales approaching $4.2 billion by the end of that period. More than half of that growth is expected to take place in North America."

Residential SSO To High Solids Anaerobic Digestion

BioCycle, Oct. 2016, by Craig Coker.
https://www.biocycle.net/2016/10/24/26704/

"Source separated organics, including kitchen and garden waste, are processed in a dry AD plant. Resulting biomethane is injected into an adjacent natural gas pipeline, in Zurich, Switzerland."

How Spokane Is Building a Smart City From the Grid Out, With Transactive Energy Included

GreenTech Media, Nov. 14, 2016, by Jeff St. John.
https://www.greentechmedia.com/squared/read/how-spokane-is-building-a-smart-city-from-the-ground-up-with-transactive-en

"Spokane, a city of some 210,000 people in the foothills of eastern Washington state, is not the first place that comes to mind when one thinks about cutting-edge smart city deployments, or the latest efforts in transactive energy. But utility Avista and smart metering giant Itron want it to earn its place on that map."

Companies Are Getting Strategic About Their Energy Use: Five Key Trends

Forbes, Nov. 14, 2016, by Liz Delaney.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/edfenergyexchange/2016/11/14/companies-are-getting-strategic-about-their-energy-use-5-key-trends/#62c96c1544b0

"Energy management has evolved since we dispatched our first EDF Climate Corps fellows back in 2008 to jumpstart corporate energy efficiency programs in America. ....After careful analysis of more than 3,200 energy project recommendations, we identified five key trends."

Low-Income Energy Efficiency Quick Start Guide

Bonneville Power Administration and LIEE Workgroup, Nov. 2016.
https://www.bpa.gov/EE/Policy/Documents/Second%20Edition%20Quick%20Start%20Guide%20with%20Appendices.pdf

"This document is intended to help participants learn the history, background, and procedures for serving low-income customers. This Quick Start Guide was developed using information that has been gathered and shared in the LIEE Workgroup meetings with additional components deemed necessary to "stitch together" the information in a comprehensive manner."

Fan Selections and Their Energy Impacts, Part 2 of 2

HPAC Engineering, Oct. 2016, by Khalil Kairouz.
http://hpac.com/iaq-ventilation/fan-selections-and-their-energy-impacts-part-2-2

"Fans and fan systems can be significant consumers of energy in commercial applications and the greatest consumer in industrial ones. Concerned about underperformance, designers tend to compensate for uncertainties by adding capacity to fans. Oversizing fan systems creates problems that can increase costs and decrease reliability. This article explains how to evaluate fans and fan systems and their impact on operating costs."

Revising the TV Energy Use Test Procedure: Incorporating HDR and Other Needed Changes

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Nov. 16, 2016, by Ecos Research.
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/revising-the-tv-energy-use-test-procedure-incorporating-hdr-and-other-needed-changes.pdf

"NEEA recognized during the spring of 2016 that a substantial body of emerging research was pointing to serious flaws in the current US TV test procedure and energy use assumptions. As a result, NEEA commissioned this report, and the new research behind it, to understand how the test procedure could be improved, what qualities a new test clip should possess, and how much progress toward an optimal long-term test procedure could be made in the interim to inform current labeling and incentive programs."

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