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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.

 


Meeting Retrofit Chicago's Energy Goals: Three Key Constituencies

Forbes Magazine, Feb. 12, 2014, by Ellen Bell.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/edfenergyexchange/2014/02/12/
meeting-retrofit-chicagos-energy-goals-three-key-constituencies/


"Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Retrofit Chicago initiative, aimed at reducing participating buildings energy use in the city by 20 percent within the next five years, is a compelling example of [the President's energy focus]. For this reason, EDF Climate Corps, an innovative summer fellowship program that places specially trained graduate students in organizations to save energy and related costs, is working to recruit organizations in Chicago this month."

Prepare for DOE Pump Efficiency Regulations

Pumps & Systems, Feb. 2014, by Robert K. Asdal, The Hydraulic Institute, Inc.
http://www.pump-zone.com/pumps/february-2014-
prepare-doe-pump-efficiency-regulations


"This is the second part of a three-part series that discusses the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) pump efficiency regulations and how the Hydraulic Institute (HI) is working with HI members, the DOE and other groups to reduce the burden on U.S. pump manufacturers, while supporting DOE efforts to achieve energy savings and efficiency improvements in the marketplace."

Part 1 is here - http://www.pump-zone.com/pumps/january-2014-
pump-manufacturers-should-prepare-doe-pump-efficiency-regulation-changes

How the Northern States can Heat with Renewable Energy and Create Jobs and Economic Growth while Significantly Lowering Carbon Emissions

FutureMetrics, LLC, December 2013, by William Strauss.
http://futuremetrics.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/How-the-Northern-States -can-Heat-with-Renewable-Energy-and-Create-
Jobs-Economic-Growth-and-Environmental-Benefits.pdf


A white paper from a consulting firm for the pellet fuel industry -
"As this white paper will show, the negative economic and environmental impacts of this [petroleum-based fossil fuels] dependency are significant. But this paper will also show that the positive benefits that accrue from the conversion of homes and businesses from fossil fueled heating systems to renewable premium pellet fueled systems are significant. "

Wood Pellets a Hot Commodity Across U.S.

Biomass Magazine, Feb. 7, 2014, by Anna Simet.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/9998/wood-pellets-a-hot-commodity-across-u-s

"Those enjoying cord wood or pellet heat have a leg up on the frigid season. Data from the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning indicates that wood pellets are running $25.50 cheaper per MMBtu than propane and $13.71 cheaper per MMBtu than heating oil, and in some parts of the country such as Minnesota and Wisconsin, propane prices have doubled in the last several months, reaching close to $5 per gallon in some areas."

Active Power Controls from Wind Power: Bridging the Gaps

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Technical Report NREL/TP-5D00-60574, Jan. 2014.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy14osti/60574.pdf

"NREL, along with partners from the Electric Power Research Institute and University of Colorado and collaboration from a large international industry stakeholder group, embarked on a comprehensive study to understand the ways in which wind power technology can assist the power system by providing control of its active power output being injected onto the grid. The focus of this report is a mitigation strategy that is not often discussed and is in some ways counterintuitive: the use of wind power to support power system reliability by providing active power control (APC) at fast timescales."

Building Automation Systems: Internet of Things Meets Facilities Management

SearchITChannel, Jan. 2014, by John Moore.
http://searchitchannel.techtarget.com/feature/Building-automation-systems-Internet-of-Things-meets-facilities-management

Addresses opportunities to deploy integrated building automation systems and bringing the "Internet of Things" into the realm of facilities management. "Systems that control such building functions as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); security; refrigeration; and lighting have historically operated as standalone entities. They have also, for the most part, occupied a proprietary niche, separated from mainstream IT systems and standards. This isolation, however, is beginning to give way to a more cohesive environment. Integrators and resellers focusing on building automation now look to bridge the gaps among their customers' systems."

Elegant Engineering: Economical, Large-Scale Biodiesel Production

Biodiesel Magazine, Jan./Feb. 2014, by Ron Kotrba.
http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/articles/9483/elegant-engineering

"A recently issued U.S. patent, the culmination of more than five years of lab-scale and pilot-plant research at Texas Tech University [by Uzi Mann], provides simplicity and holds great promise for economical, large-scale biodiesel production."

Planning for District Energy, CHP and Microgrids: A Checklist for Campus Administrators

District Energy, First Quarter 2014.
http://www.districtenergy-digital.org/districtenergy/2014Q1?pg=38#pg38

"Owners and operators of multibuilding campuses face significant pressure to reduce operating and capital costs, maintain reliable services and become better stewards of the environment. To meet these challenges, an increasing number of campuses are turning to district energy, combined heat and power and/or microgrids. Effective planning ... will enhance the likelihood that savings associated with the power usage and climate control needs of individual buildings will be realized and that the central plant and distribution system can be ideally located."

Business Energy Provides a Sound Strategy for Peak Shaving & Power Security

Business Energy, Jan./Feb. 2014, by Ed Ritchie.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Business_Energy_Provides
_a_Sound_Strategy_for_Peak_24311.aspx


Article discusses energy reliability and energy storage solutions such as gensets, and combined heat and power.

New Ways to Manage Air Flow and Cooling for Data Centers

Business Energy, Jan./Feb. 2014, by Lyn Corum.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/New_Ways_to_Manage_Air
_Flow_and_Cooling_for_Data_C_24313.aspx


"Profiles of three new data centers—Orlando Health in Florida, Avnet Inc. in Arizona, and BendBroadband in Oregon—illustrate the revolutionary changes that have improved data center energy efficiency and return on investment."

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