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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.

 


HVAC Upgrades: Opportunity Knocks

Building Operating Management, Mar. 2014, by Charbel Farah.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/hvac/article/Taking-A-Systems-View-Of-HVAC-Upgrades-Can-Lead-To-Bigger-Benefits--14805

A five-part article:
Part 1: Taking a Systems View of HVAC Upgrades Can Lead to Bigger Benefits
Part 2: Refrigerant, Water, Air Leaks Can All Lead to HVAC Problems
Part 3: Economizers, Heat Recovery Can Help Reduce Demands On HVAC Systems
Part 4: How Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Used an HVAC Systems Approach to Upgrade
Part 5: Capitol Records Building Upgrade Solves HVAC Issues

Power Reliability: Keeping Backup Power Ready To Rumble

Building Operating Management, Mar. 2014, by Michael Fluegeman.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/powercommunication/article/Standby-Generators-Require-Regular-Testing-Maintenance-Exercising-And-Inspection--14801?source=part

A four-part article:
Part 1: Standby Generators Require Regular Testing, Maintenance, Exercising, And Inspection
Part 2: Keys To Backup Power System Success: Features, Flexibility, And Redundancy
Part 3: Exercise Standby Generators To Keep Them In Fighting Shape
Part 4: Preventive Maintenance Is Critical To Dependable Standby Generators

The Growing Demand for Emergency Backup Power

Business Energy, Mar.-Apr. 2014, by Dan Rafter.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/The_Growing_
Demand_for_Emergency_Backup_Power_24939.aspx


"Onsite generation options for the needs of mission-critical businesses and staying a step ahead of storms." Article discusses measures and strategies LightEdge Solutions, a colocation and cloud-computing company, has implemented.

Optimized Solutions for Industrial Cogen Units

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, Jan.-Feb. 2014.
http://www.cospp.com/articles/print/volume-15/issue-1/features/optimized-solutions-for-industrial-cogen-units.html

"CHP [Combined Heat & Power] installations are often associated with industrial process and so any failure at the plant can be a commercial disaster for the owners if they have to cease production as a result. However, with a more sophisticated set up it is possible to continue to operate seamlessly, even in the event of an unexpected gas turbine trip, explains Stef Verhagen of NEM Energy bv."


Making Power Multitask With CHP/CCHP

Business Energy, Mar.-Apr. 2014, by Carol Brzozowski.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Editorial/Making_Power_
Multitask_With_CHPCCHP_24940.aspx


"Cogeneration and trigeneration: industry experts say the time is ripe—again—for the increased use of these technologies. Cogeneration, or combined heat and power (CHP), uses a heat engine or power station to generate electricity and heat for onsite uses. Trigeneration, or combined cooling, heat, and power (CCHP), is the simultaneous generation of electricity and useful heating and cooling as a result of the combustion of fuel or the action of a solar heat collector."

Using BAS for M&V

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2014, by Moh Heidari.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/using-bas-for-m-v/49a3b0aa6578991ee5105693452093ba.html

"Without knowing the performance metrics of a building, measuring the success of the engineered systems is limited. Engineers should know the process for using BAS for measurement and verification (M&V) as a part of retro-commissioning in high-performance buildings."

US Utilities and Distributed Generators: Enemies No More?

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, Jan.-Feb. 2014.
http://www.cospp.com/articles/print/volume-15/issue-1/features/us-utilities-and-distributed-generators-enemies-no-more.html

"The US utility market is changing and the traditionally dominant players are seemingly beset on all sides. Could the distributed generation sector hold the key to a new business model? Elisa Wood spots signs of a new relationship."

Integrating and Optimizing Power and Mechanical Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2014, by Suzan X. Sun-Yuan and Mohsen Aghai.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/integrating-and-optimizing-power-and-mechanical-systems/4c73b34e4d119694b785fd6dc195a94f.html

"As the overall “brains” of the building, the BAS coordinates the work of all the building’s engineered systems, including the power management system. Overall building power demand requirements must be carefully evaluated by both mechanical and electrical engineers during design, with respect to the challenges of both disciplines." 

Industrial Energy Efficiency: Designing Effective State Programs for the Industrial Sector

State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network, Mar. 2014.  Prepared by A. Goldberg, R. P. Taylor, and B. Hedman, Institute for Industrial Productivity.
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/seeaction/pdfs/industrial_energy_efficiency.pdf

Report "provides state regulators, utilities, and other program administrators with an overview of U.S. industrial energy efficiency programs delivered by a variety of entities. The report assesses some of the key features of programs that have helped lead to success in generating increased energy savings and identifies new emerging directions in programs that might benefit from additional research and cross-discussion to promote adoption."

The Best Value for America’s Energy Dollar: A National Review of the Cost of Utility Energy Efficiency Programs

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Report Number U1402, March 2014, by Maggie Molina. (Free registration required to access full report.)
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/u1402.pdf

"As efficiency programs gain wider traction as a utility resource, the need increases in step for high-quality, comprehensive and consistent data metrics on energy efficiency program costs and cost-effectiveness. In this report we review utility-sector energy efficiency program costs in recent years (2009-2012).  We collected data from reports by program administrators to calculate the levelized cost of saved energy (CSE), which is the best way to compare energy efficiency to other energy resource options."

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