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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.

 


Future Opportunities and Challenges with Using Demand Response as a Resource in Distribution System Operation and Planning Activities

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Electricity and Markets and Policy Group, Jan. 2016.
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/future-opportunities-and-challenges

"The design and operation of the electric distribution system in the United States has been relatively constant and stable for many decades. Its simple radial "hub-and-spoke" design has effectively and efficiently transported electricity from the bulk power system to end-use customers. However, factors are at play that may fundamentally change the design and operation of the electric distribution system in the coming decade.... This scoping study focuses on identifying the ability for current and future Demand Response opportunities to contribute to distribution system management."

Choosing the Proper VFD can Limit Harmonics

Pumps & Systems, Dec. 2015, by Jeffery Lovelace.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/december-2015-choosing-proper-vfd-can-limit-harmonics

"Facilities predominantly using these drives may face concern from power utility companies. Variable frequency drives (VFDs) have vastly evolved during the last 25 years.

Pumps: State of Global Efficiency Standards (Part 2 of 2)

Pumps & Systems, Dec. 2015, by Lev Nelik.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/december-2015-state-global-efficiency-standards

"Part 1 of this series discussed the lack of a formal, comprehensive global standard on pump efficiency and the importance of understanding the difference between actual field efficiencies of installed pumps and the initial original equipment manufacturer (OEM) efficiencies. As noted in part 1, studies show that the efficiencies of installed pumps are commonly reduced by 10, 20 and often close to 50 percent below the OEM-quoted (rated point). Several factors can contribute to this trend...."

A Walk In Our Boots: Cogeneration Plant Scheduled Outage Process

Biomass Magazine, Dec. 29, 2015, by Stacy Cook.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/12693/a-walk-in-our-boots

"A biomass cogeneration plant manager provides an overview of events that occur during a typical scheduled outage."

How Efficient Are Energy Codes?

EcoBuilding Pulse, Jan. 5, 2016, by Ryan Meres.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/news/how-efficient-are-energy-codes_s

"Last year the U.S. Department of Energy ( DOE) announced that eight states would be part of a three-year Residential Energy Code Field Study. Once completed, the study will provide an unprecedented opportunity to develop new strategies for education, training, and outreach for improving the energy efficiency of single-family homes, as well as a measurement of the impact those activities have on residential energy use. Preliminary results from the largest residential energy code field study ever conducted in the U.S. show they do."

Ground-breaking Research Finds that Green Office Buildings Deliver Higher Income and Value

Bentall Kennedy, Press Release, Oct. 2015.
http://www.bentallkennedy.com/news-2015-10-06.php

"Improved property performance is strongly correlated to green building certification, according to a ground-breaking study of Bentall Kennedy's North American office portfolio conducted by an internationally recognized academic research team."

2015 Was a Good Year for Energy Efficiency. 2016 Could Be Even Better.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Jan. 1, 2016, by Steven Nadel.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/01/2015-was-good-year-energy-efficiency

"The past year included many successes, including quite a few that we can build on in the new year."

New Solar Career Mapping Tool Available


Electrical Contractor, Nov. 2015, by William Atkinson.
http://www.ecmag.com/section/your-business/new-solar-career-mapping-tool-available%E2%80%A9

"In September, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), announced the introduction of a newer and much more highly interactive Solar Career Map (SCM) tool. IREC is the national administrator of the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN).
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National Lighting Bureau Cybersecurity Panel

National Lighting Bureau (NLB), Dec. 7, 2015.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-K0zDqVdUA

"The National Lighting Bureau Panel discussion on cybersecurity. This panel features Mark Lien, Jim Yorgey, Marty Riesberg, and Randy Reid." Focuses on the security vulnerability of "smart" lighting fixtures.

Troubleshooting Pumps in a System (Part 1 of 2)

Pumps & Systems, Dec. 2015, by Ray Hardee.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/december-2015-troubleshooting-pumps-system

"This month's column...will focus on the components of the pump and drive. The objective is not to show all the possible problems that can occur in a system; instead, it is to understand the connection of the various components of the system and how to use that information to identify problems."

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