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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 Future of Bioenergy Is in this Book-less Library

U.S. Department of Energy, May 3, 2016. by Cory Hatch.
http://www.energy.gov/articles/future-bioenergy-book-less-library

"The Bioenergy Feedstock Library contains no books. What it does contain is information about biomass -- organic material such as corn stover, switchgrass, wood chips and wheat straw. Nearly 50,000 biomass database entries and more than 35,000 physical samples reside in a repository located at the Department of Energy’s Biomass Feedstock National User Facility."

Retooling America’s Workforce for the Wind Energy Industry

Wind Systems Magazine, Apr. 2016, by Shawn Lamb.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/1172/retooling-americas-workforce-for-the-wind-energy-industry

"According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the wind turbine technician profession — and opportunities for employment therein — is expected to increase by 108 percent over the next 10 years....the question remains — where will these workers come from?"

GE is Building America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Wind Systems Magazine, Apr. 2016.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/1183/ge-is-building-americas-first-offshore-wind-farm

"New wind farms added more than a quarter of total new power generation capacity in the United States between 2010 and 2014, reaching 75,000 MW at the end of last year. With the exception of China, no other country has more. However, despite America’s abundance of coastline, its wind farms spin exclusively on shore. But that’s about the change."

ASHRAE Research Outlines Measures to Reach Toward Net Zero Energy

Engineered Systems, Apr. 26, 2016.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97706-ashrae-research-outlines-measures-to-reach-toward-net-zero-energy

"Thirty specific energy savings measures across all building types and climate zones resulted in cutting energy use by nearly half, according to results of newly approved research funded by ASHRAE."

Staving Off a Sunset [Biomass in California]

Biomass Magazine, Apr. 2016, by Bruce Dorminey.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/13059/staving-off-a-sunset

"While California’s biomass power industry continues its struggle for survival, fuel suppliers are left without a home for mounting materials."

Case in Point: School District Aces Efficiency, Flexibility with VRF

Engineered Systems, May 2, 2016.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97709-school-district-aces-efficiency-flexibility-with-vrf

"Several schools in the Hazelwood School District north of St. Louis were retrofitted with heat recovery systems. This allowed some schools to reduce installed tonnage by up to 50% and also gave teachers greater control of classroom comfort."

Classroom Ventilation: Meeting Today's Challenges

Engineered Systems, May 2, 2016, by Steven G. Liescheidt.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97718-classroom-ventilation-meeting-todays-challenges

"Budgets, codes, and technologies are constantly shifting and evolving. These days, even the classrooms are often portable. Staying one step ahead will depend on your knowledge of current design options and how to integrate them into the space."

ASHRAE Revises Commissioning Certification to Meet DOE Guidelines

Engineered Systems, May 3, 2016.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97724-ashrae-revises-commissioning-certification-to-meet-doe-guidelines

"Due to take effect Sept. 15, 2016, ASHRAE’s commissioning certification program will validate competency against the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines scheme requirements for the Building Commissioning Professional set forth by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC). The goal is to achieve U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognition by the summer of 2017 of services provided by these certificants. The ASHRAE certification will be known as the Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP)."

A Comprehensive Look at the Intelligent Building

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Apr. 2016, by Steve Brown, Kurt Karnatz, and Rob Knight.
https://www.csemag.com/single-article/a-comprehensive-look-at-the-intelligent-building/66f3fdc8eabebe681dbabd1dff01d68f.html

"Technology is changing what’s possible for buildings. With the advent of smart building technology, heating, cooling, electrical, lighting, fire/life safety, and other systems need monitoring and intercommunication for optimized efficiency and operation."

Smart Buildings Demand A Smarter Approach To O&M

Engineered Systems, Apr. 2016, by Robert S. Novak.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97666-smart-buildings-demand-a-smarter-appoach-to-om

"In the beginning, the goal is to enable the operations and maintenance staff to work with the system to give it the best chance to perform as designed. Later, the vision is a culture of continuous improvement that can withstand changes in technology and personnel. In between? Plenty of opportunity for thoughtful operations and standardized routines."

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