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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.


LED Codes and Standards

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Apr. 2016, by Tom Divine.

"Clients are asking lighting designers to help them save on energy costs, and replacing fluorescent, HID, or other lights with LEDs is in high demand. This article looks at the codes and guidelines that define LED use."

Hydrogen and a New Paradigm for Electricity Storage

North American Clean Energy, Mar/Apr 2016, by Ken Brown.

"A new paradigm is needed for electricity storage in the wind energy market. Today, what passes for “grid storage” are technologies providing, at most, eight to 12 hours of discharge time. If electricity generation is to be successfully weaned from fossil fuels, storage must have more than 1,000 hours of discharge time to back up renewables when they are intermittent. Sometimes the wind does not blow and the sun does not shine for long periods of time. Long discharge time provides reliability."

Onsite Power: What's It Mean to Get to Zero

Net Zero Buildings, Mar. 2016, by Chuck Ross. -- Jump to page 24.

"Net zero building has been a topic of conversation between architects and engineers for more than a decade, but there remains a significant lack of consensus over what 'net zero' actually means when it comes to the relationship between onsite energy consumption and generation."

Supercharge Your Outdoor Lighting

Buildings, Apr. 2016, by Jennie Morton.

"Overhaul your exterior fixtures with LEDs to slash energy and maximize illumination."

LED Upgrades for Fluorescent Tubes

Buildings, Apr. 2016, by Eric Woodroof.

"Snap-in designs cut installation cost for office and high-bay applications."

Retrofitting Steam Boilers For Large Health Care Projects

Engineered Systems, Mar. 2016, by Gary Hamilton.

"Replacing boilers for health care facilities provide many benefits to central utility plant operation; the newer boilers are more energy efficient, more sustainable, and more fuel-efficient than older boilers."

Savings From the Sun: How to Use Solar Energy to Offset Upgrade Costs [Wastewater Treatment Plant]

Treatment Plant Operator, Apr. 2016, by Doug Day.

"Solar energy helps an updated Maryland wastewater treatment plant cut utility power costs. A blower upgrade will soon follow."

Wind Plant Modeling Data Essential to Interconnections

North American Clean Energy, Mar/Apr 2016, by Jim Smith.

"Wind power developers often are not aware until the last minute before submitting an interconnection application that they are required to provide computer modeling data. Ignorance, in this case, certainly isn’t bliss, but a little awareness can make the process a lot less painful."

7 Tips to Maximize LED Retrofits

Buildings, Apr. 2016, by Janelle Penny.

"Get your money’s worth out of your lighting upgrade."

Facility Retrofit: Zero Waste Manufacturing

Facility Executive, Mar/Apr. 2016.

"In Rochester, NY, Diamond Packaging [folding carton manufacturer] improved recycling rates and explored Energy-from-Waste to boost sustainability at two facilities."


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