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The WSU Energy Program Library prepares this current awareness blog with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. These articles highlight energy-related news, articles, and reports about energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy for energy professionals and interested members of the public.


Sustainable Communities: Retrofitting Suburbia for 21st Century Challenges

EcoBuilding Pulse, Oct. 20, 2016, by Ellen Dunham-Jones.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/vision-2020/sustainable-communities/sustainable-communities_o

"Most North Americans live in auto-dependent suburbs requiring high-carbon lifestyles. While cities and the walkable, bikable, compact, low-carbon living they facilitate are seeing a welcome resurgence in popularity, postwar suburbs, in particular, are facing unprecedented challenges. These challenges include increases in poverty, aging populations, more frequent flooding, and the cost of transportation, energy, and infrastructure maintenance, as well as declines in affordability, the number of jobs, social capital, public health, and environmental quality."

Get Ready for New Federal Pump Efficiency Rules

Pumps & Systems, Oct. 2016, by Gary Wamsley.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/october-2016-get-ready-new-federal-pump-efficiency-rules

"The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) earlier this year published a request to industry for assistance in developing new efficiency standards for pump systems. The federal notice (81 FR 5658) will lead to new federal regulations aimed at improving reliability and further reducing energy consumption nationwide in pumps, including circulator pumps."

The Internet of Things and Intelligent Facilities Management

HPAC Engineering, Nov. 7, 2016, Leroy Walden.
http://hpac.com/internet-things/internet-things-and-intelligent-facilities-management

"The application of intelligent-building and IoT technology should support three important goals: reduce costs, reduce risk, and improve the occupant experience."

PNNL Researchers Convert Sewage Into Biofuel

Biomass Magazine, Nov. 7, 2016.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/13895/pnnl-researchers-convert-sewage-into-biofuel

"It may sound like science fiction, but wastewater treatment plants across the United States may one day turn ordinary sewage into biocrude oil, thanks to new research at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The technology, hydrothermal liquefaction, mimics the geological conditions the Earth uses to create crude oil, using high pressure and temperature to achieve in minutes something that takes Mother Nature millions of years."

A Road Map for Optimized Maintenance

Flow Control, Nov. 1, 2016, by Michael J. Trainor.
http://www.flowcontrolnetwork.com/a-road-map-for-optimized-maintenance

"Unexpected failure of machinery is never a welcomed option for any plant, especially in the case of critical assets. Productivity may take a big hit when an asset goes down for emergency fixes. Could a developing problem have been detected earlier? Could the failure have been prevented or even predicted? An operation’s maintenance strategy — or lack of one — holds the key."

Is Your Building Endangering Birds?

Buildings, Oct. 2016, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/20713/title/is-your-building-endangering-birds-

"Excessive exterior lighting isn’t just wasting energy – it may be harming migrating birds. Cut down your energy spending and ensure safe passage during migration season by joining a local Lights Out initiative."

Solar Ready Vets

Solar Foundation.
http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/solar-ready-vets/

For Veteran's Day - "Funded by the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, Solar Ready Vets provides quality training and hands-on experience in solar energy to interested transitioning military personnel who are within six months of separation. Solar training complements the extensive skills developed during military service and prepares transitioning service members to be strong candidates for jobs in the growing solar industry."

IECC Building Code Update: Three Issues to Watch

Code Watcher, Oct. 31, 2016, by Mike Collignon.
http://www.codewatcher.us/codes/iecc-building-code-update-three-issues-to-watch/

"These building code issues will make the biggest impact on the 2018 codes. Here’s where they stand now."

[U.S.] Dept. of Transportation Unveils National Electric Vehicle Charging Network

Utility Dive, Nov. 4, 2016, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/dept-of-transportation-unveils-national-electric-vehicle-charging-network/429775/

"Moving to support the electrification of the transportation sector and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the federal government this week announced 55 routes that will serve as the basis for a national network of “alternative fuel” corridors spanning 35 states."

How to Use Peer Diffusion to Make Better Homes a “Must Have”

RMI Outlet, Nov. 2, 2016, by Douglas Miller and Larry Zarker.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_11_02_how_to_use_peer_diffusion_to_make
_better_homes_a_must_have


Announcing a new Rocky Mountain Institute Report: Peer Diffusion: A Promising Way for Service Providers to Unlock Investments in Home Energy Upgrades.

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