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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.

 


Green Building Report: Sense And Sustainability

Building Operating Management, May 2014, by Darin Rose.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/Pros-And-Cons-Of-Green-Building-Rating-Systems--14944

A 4-part article:
Part 1: Pros And Cons Of Green Building Rating Systems
Part 2: Certified Energy Manager Credential Is One Option For Energy-Focused Professional Sustainability Certification
Part 3: Green Globes, Energy Star, BOMA 360, Living Building Challenge Offer Different Benefits For Different Buildings
Part 4: USGBC Perspective: Education @USGBC To Teach Green Building Best Practices

Critical Facilities: Before You Build A Data Center

Building Operating Management, May 2014, by R. Stephen Spinazzola.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/datacenters/article/Plan-For-Entire-Life-Cycle-When-Developing-A-New-Data-Center--14952

"Facilities managers should plan for the entire life cycle when developing a new data center."

A 3-part article:
Part 1: Plan For Entire Life Cycle When Developing A New Data Center
Part 2: Colocation, Managed Hosting Are Alternatives To Owning A Data Center
Part 3: Focus On Data Center Life Cycle Can Help Shape Infrastructure Planning, Maintenance

Energy-Efficient Compressed Air Piping Systems

Compressed Air Best Practices, May 2014, by Paul Johnson.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/piping/storage/energy-efficient-compressed-air-piping-systems

"A properly designed and maintained compressed air system that is energy efficient could save the user thousands of dollars each year. It will also minimize the risk of lost production by increasing the reliability of supply and improve the strength and safety aspect of operating a pressurized system. Every dollar saved on energy goes straight to the bottom line and is a very effective way to increase profits."

Behavioral Strategies to Bridge the Gap Between Potential and Actual Savings in Commercial Buildings: Final Report

Energy Efficiency Center, University of California Davis, Prepared for the California Air Resources Board and the California Environmental Protection Agency, February 2014.
http://eec.ucdavis.edu/files/04-11-2014-09-327-final-21feb2014.pdf

"Changes in operations can save 5-30% of building energy use at low cost, yet these changes are often not implemented. Little attention has been directed toward understanding why. This project focuses on how building operators approach energy use and conservation in their work, viewing the building as a social system. It draws on interviews, a workshop, surveys, and case studies, learning from operators, facilities staff, researchers, policymakers and occupants."

The Carbon Footprint of Indoor Cannabais Production

Energy Policy, by Evan Mills, PhD and Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2012.
http://evan-mills.com/energy-associates/Indoor_files/cannabis-carbon-footprint.pdf

We usually only post very current reports and articles, but this one is so relevant and a new topic of interest for many, that we decided to go ahead and list it.

"This article presents a model of the modern-day production process—based on public sources and equipment vendor data—and provides national scoping estimates of the energy use, costs, and greenhouse-gas emissions associated with this activity in the United States."

Power and Water: Will Feds Allow It for Pot?

Tacoma News Tribune, May 20, 2014, by C.R. Roberts.
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/05/20/3202349/power-and-water-will-feds-allow.html

"Nobody seems quite sure of the answer: Will the federal government withhold services to the state, given the conflict between legally grown marijuana in Washington and a national drug policy that finds marijuana illegal?"

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/05/20/3202349/power-and-water-will-feds-allow.html#storylink=cpy

Clean Energy Finance Through the Bond Market: A New Option for Progress

Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation, April 2014.
http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2014/04/16-clean-energy-through-bond-market

"State and local bond finance represents a powerful but underutilized tool for future clean energy investment." Report discusses the barriers that are holding back widespread adoption of clean energy bonds and makes recommendations for development finance agencies seeking to tap their potential.


Project Profiles: Campus Wind Power [Appalachian State University, NC]

Home Power Magazine, Jun./Jul. 2014, by Brent Summerville.
http://www.homepower.com/articles/wind-power/project-profiles/campus-wind-power

"Ten years ago, students at Appalachian State University (ASU) voted to enact a new student fee with the sole purpose of funding renewable energy installations on campus. In 2009, the student-led ASU Renewable Energy Initiate (REI) commissioned its flagship wind installation on the highest and windiest spot on campus. Poised in the background of the football stadium, the highly visible Northwind 100 turbine brought wind energy back to Boone, North Carolina—a town that hosted the experimental 2 megawatt MOD-1 wind turbine in the late 1970s."

2014 Wind Turbine Buyer's Guide

Home Power Magazine, Jun./Jul. 2014, by Ian Woofenden & Roy Butler.
http://www.homepower.com/articles/wind-power/equipment-products/2014-wind-turbine-buyers-guide?v=print

"Without question, wind is a tough renewable energy resource to tap. The best wind resource is high above the ground, requiring tall towers. And it’s an unforgiving resource, pounding on the equipment, which needs to be robust and requires regular maintenance. Building machines that can be productive while withstanding the rigors of life at tower top is no easy task. Add to this that uneducated customers want to keep costs down, and we end up with unrealistic expectations and market pressure for lower-quality equipment. What’s a potential wind energy lover to do?"

Four Action Items Save Money and Energy at a Refinery

Compressed Air Best Practices, May 2014, by Hank Van Ormer.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/article/four-action-items-save-money-and-energy-refinery

"This case study shows just how a large facility, which grows over time, is the right situation for a compressed air system assessment. Most optimization opportunities are present and the potential for quick wins and very attractive project ROI’s is very high. Piping systems, upgrading air compressors and air dryers, leak surveys, end uses, are all areas which were improved in the compressed air system at this refinery."

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