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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.

 


Portland Now Generating Hydropower In Its Water Pipes

OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting), Jan. 20, 2015, by Cassandra Profita.
http://www.opb.org/news/article/portland-now-generating-hydropower-in-its-water-pipes/

"A Portland start-up has tapped the city’s water pipes as a new source of renewable hydropower that doesn’t disrupt fish migration or stream flows."

Variable Refrigerant Flow [VRF] Is Evolving

Engineered Systems, Feb. 2015, by Marcia Karr.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96976-vrf-is-evolving

"While mechanical energy codes may lag relative to the efficiency targets of some other codes, the expansion of VRF into a wider range of equipment makes it easier than ever to exceed expectations. Perhaps more importantly, its incorporation into heat pumps, dehumidifiers, compressors, and more represents more flexibility in delivering an effective retrofit without a total system overhaul."

Energy Impacts of Laboratory Ventilation Methods

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning Engineering, Feb. 2015, by Victoria Herman and others.
http://hpac.com/iaq-ventilation/energy-impacts-laboratory-ventilation-methods?page=1

"Laboratory ventilation method—fixed percentage offset or fixed flow per door—has little effect on overall energy consumption compared with other design variables."

Get Smart: 5 Trends Driving the HVAC Industry in 2015

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning Engineering, Feb. 2015, by Hal Conick.
http://hpac.com/building-controls/get-smart-5-trends-driving-hvac-industry-2015-0#slide-0-field_images-15891

1) Regulations, 2) System Integration, 3) HVAC Gets Smart, 4) Smart Everything, 5) Proprietary HVAC Controls.

Tesla Gears Up for Charge Into Home Battery Storage Market

PV Magazine, Feb. 13, 2015, by Giles Parkinson.
http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/tesla-gears-up-for-charge-into-home-battery-storage-market_100018218/#axzz3SEQ4COxc

"Tesla Motors, the electric vehicle company throwing down a major challenge to the global motor industry, says it is now looking to become a front-runner in energy storage in a major new challenge to the traditional electric utility business model."



Reducing Daytime Energy Costs With Nighttime Activity

Business Energy, Jan. 2015, by William Atkinson.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/articles/28037.aspx

"Large systems solutions for cooling and heating."

How ASHRAE Standard 90.1 Contributes to Integrated Design

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Feb. 2015, by Rodney V. Oathout, and Ruairi Barnwell.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/how-ashrae-standard-901-contributes-to-integrated-design/b65adcbb0780de5bdda67301e25338c3.html

"ASHRAE Standard 90.1 is under continuous maintenance. This article focuses on the recent evolution of this standard, the impact on energy and performance, the design process, and how human interaction can improve energy efficiency."

New National Furnace Standards Will Save Consumers Money, But Stronger Standards Could Save Even More

ACEEE Blog, Feb. 11, 2015, by Andrew deLaski.
http://aceee.org/blog/2015/02/new-national-furnace-standards-will-s

On Feb. 10, 2015, "the US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a proposed rule for furnaces that would provide significant savings for consumers on their home heating bills, and be among the biggest natural-gas saving standards ever completed by the agency. The new standards would reduce gas and propane furnace energy consumption by about 13% relative to basic furnaces sold today."

Direct link to the U.S. DOE Rulemaking for Residential Furnaces and Boilers Energy Conservation Standards - http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/rulemaking.aspx?ruleid=62

FEMP Releases Top 20 List of Promising Technologies

FEMP Digest, U.S. Department of Energy, Feb. 9, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/femp/downloads/promising-technologies-list

"The Federal Energy Management Program’s [FEMP's] Promising Technologies List provides information about promising new and underutilized energy-saving technologies that are commercially available for deployment in the federal and commercial building sectors. The list includes twenty technologies with the largest potential for cost-effective energy savings if deployed throughout the federal sector, and previews a new FEMP database scheduled to go live in fall 2015."

Energy Efficiency as a T&D Resource

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), Jan. 2015, by Chris Neme & Jim Grevatt, of the Energy Futures Group.
http://www.neep.org/sites/default/files/products/EMV-Forum-Geo-Targeting_Final_2015-01-20.pdf

"This report focuses on the role efficiency can play in deferring utility transmission and distribution (T&D) system investments. In particular, it addresses the role that intentional targeting of efficiency programs to specific constrained geographies – either by itself or in concert with demand  response, distributed generation and/or other “non-wires alternatives” (NWAs)2 – can play in deferring such investments. The report focuses primarily on electric T&D deferral, since that is where efforts in this area have focused to date. However, the concepts should be equally applicable to natural gas delivery infrastructure."

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