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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.

 


Using ISO 8573-1 to Test Compressed Air: Clearing the Confusion

Compressed Air Best Practices, Jan/Feb 2016, by Ruby Ochoa.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/food/using-iso-8573-1-test-compressed-air-clearing-confusion

"Compressed air is used in more than 70 percent of all manufacturing activities, ranging from highly critical applications that may impact product quality to general “shop” uses. When compressed air is used in the production of pharmaceuticals, food, beverages, medical devices, and other products, there seems to be confusion on what testing needs to be performed. By defining compressed air contaminants, reviewing ISO 8573-1, and discussing how to designate a quality class per ISO 8573-1, this article will help clear up some of that confusion."

Study Proves Potential Energy Savings of AODD Pump Controls

Compressed Air Best Practices, Jan/Feb 2016, by Clinton Shaffer.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/end-uses/study-proves-potential-energy-savings-aodd-pump-controls

"Air-operated double diaphragm (AODD) pumps are common to many manufacturing facilities. As estimated by veteran compressed air auditor Hank van Ormer of Air Power USA, approximately 85 to 90 percent of plants in the United States have AODD pumps. They are used for all kinds of liquid transfer applications, like those found in chemical manufacturing, wastewater removal, and pumping viscous food products. As ubiquitous as they are, AODD pumps are also commonly misused."

The Amazing Drop in Home Appliance Energy Use

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Jan. 15, 2016, by Marianne DiMascio.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/01/amazing-drop-home-appliance-energy

"Appliance efficiency has increased remarkably over the past several decades.... The decline in energy use parallels the rise of appliance efficiency standards, first at the state level, and then at the federal level."

How Technical Advances are Driving Flow Batteries Closer to Mass Commercialization

Utility Dive, Jan. 12, 2016, by Peter Maloney.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/how-technical-advances-are-driving-flow-batteries-closer-to-mass-commercial/411923/

"Recent technical advances are sparking interest in flow batteries by offering the promise of significant cost reductions that could make them better able to compete for market share with solid state storage devices, such as the nearly ubiquitous lithium-ion battery. But full commercialization is still several years off, analysts say."

Making it Count: Understanding the Value of Energy Efficiency Financing Programs Funded by Utility Customers

SEE Action, Dec. 10, 2015.
https://www4.eere.energy.gov/seeaction/publication/making-it-count-understanding-value-energy-efficiency-financing-programs-funded-utility

"In some jurisdictions, policy makers are considering large-scale financing programs that use utility customer funds to attract larger amounts of private capital. In some cases, these strategies support a goal to shift away from traditional energy efficiency program strategies (such as rebates and technical assistance and audits) and toward financing over time."

Meat Processing Plant Drops Compressed Air Costs 60%

Compressed Air Best Practices, Jan/Feb 2016, by Ron Marshall.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/end-uses/meat-processing-plant-drops-compressed-air-costs-60

"One of the statements made in the Compressed Air Challenge’s Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems seminar is that improvements can always be made to every compressed air system, including new ones. The statement definitely applies to a Canadian pork processing facility built a few years ago. This article is based on a compressed air audit performed two years into the life of a brand new plant. The audit found numerous problems and made recommendations that helped reduce plant compressed air operating costs by 60 percent."

Hydraulic Institute Supports the Pump Industry as the DOE Issues Final Rules on Test Procedures and Energy Conservation Standards For Commercial And Industrial Pumps

Water Online, Jan.. 6, 2016.
http://www.wateronline.com/doc/hydraulic-institute-pump-industry-doe-test-procedures-industrial-pumps-0001

"The Hydraulic Institute, North America’s largest pump trade association, announces the release of two final rules (1) The Energy Conservation Standard and (2) The Test Procedure for Commercial and Industrial Pumps by the United States Department of Energy (DOE). The rulings are now available through the HI website. The compliance date for the Energy Conservation Standard will be 2020 and DOE estimates it will save 0.29 quadrillion BTUs (2020 – 2050)."

The Internet Shouldn’t Run on Dirty Energy

Harvard Business Review, Dec. 16, 2015, by Nate Springer and Kelly Gallo.
https://hbr.org/2015/12/the-internet-shouldnt-run-on-dirty-energy

"The internet may seem to exist in the ether, but its plumbing includes a vast network of data centers, also known as server farms, which need power to function. In 2010, data centers represented 2% of all electricity use in the United States. Globally, it equates to 2% of all annual emissions linked to climate change. While that amount may not sound like much, it is almost equivalent to the impact of shipping all goods around the world each year. If the world is to become ever more efficient and reach global climate goals, internet power will need to play its part."

A Systems Approach Helps Rockline Industries Retrofit a Compressed Air System

Compressed Air Best Practices, Jan/Feb 2016, by Andrew Chase Harding and Darin Nutter.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/paper/systems-approach-helps-rockline-industries-retrofit-compressed-air-system

"Rockline Industries is one of the largest global producers of consumer products, specializing in wet wipes and coffee filters. The company contacted the Arkansas Industrial Energy Clearinghouse after identifying that the compressed air system in their Springdale, Arkansas facility was a potential source of significant savings. Experts from the Clearinghouse then began working with Rockline Industries, representatives of the electric utility, and a local compressed air vendor to perform a complete evaluation of the system."

A Retrospective Analysis of the Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Jan. 2016.
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/retrospective-analysis-benefits-and/

"This is the second in a series of reports exploring the costs, benefits, and other impacts of state renewable portfolio standards (RPS). This report focuses on the benefits and impacts of all state RPS programs, in aggregate, for the year 2013. Relying on a well-vetted set of methods, this report evaluates a number of important benefits and impacts in both physical and monetary terms, where possible, and characterizes key uncertainties. In particular, the study evaluates potential societal benefits associated with reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution emissions, and water use."

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