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Energy Newsbriefs Blog

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.

 


12 Ultra-Efficient Lighting Strategies

Buildings, Apr. 2014, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17138/title/12%20ultra-efficient%20lighting%20strategies/viewall/true.aspx

"You don’t always need a flashy renovation or a deep retrofit that requires gutting your building to boost energy efficiency. Sometimes the best things come in small packages – like these strategies by practicing FMs and green experts.

Covering a dozen aspects of streamlining commercial lighting, these bite-size tips can provide the foundation for your next efficiency project. In the meantime, peruse lighting advice that helps slash energy costs and consumption
."

A Green Factory to Crop Up On Chicago's South Side

Green Source Magazine, Apr. 18, 2014, by William McDonough.
http://greensource.construction.com/news/2014/04/140418-a-green-factory-to-crop-up-on-chicagos-south-side.asp

Article describes the new Method (green cleaning products brand) factory in Chicago. "The building, designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, will use (not surprisingly) Cradle to Cradle Certified materials and feature rooftop greenhouses to help reduce wind loads as well as provide food production for the local community. Different sources of renewable energy will power the factory, including solar thermal panels, a refurbished wind turbine, and solar photovoltaic tree-shaped structures, which will also shade cars parked underneath its canopies."

Net Zero and Living Building Financial Study: A Cost Comparison Report for the Buildings in the District of Columbia

New Buildings Institute, Apr. 30, 2014.
http://newbuildings.org/news/district-zero-energy-buildings

"The District of Columbia Department of the Environment today released the findings of a recent study detailing how the District, already home to more green buildings per capita than other large cities, can best craft policy and create incentives to build zero energy, zero water and Living Buildings™." The press release includes a link to the full report.

NASEO Finalizes State Energy Planning Guidelines

National Association of State Energy Officials, Apr. 2014.
http://www.naseo.org/news-article?NewsID=422

"The final version of NASEO’s State Energy Planning Guidelines is now available.  The Guidelines outline a process and broadly applicable policies and programs for states that are developing or updating their state energy plans.  States’ comprehensive and strategic energy plans provide a framework for meeting energy, economic, and environmental goals."

Climate Change Fatigue? How to Read the IPCC Reports

Environmental Building News, Apr. 23, 2014, by Alex Wilson.
http://tinyurl.com/oasepo5

"The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, has been busy churning out report after report. Rather than tuning out, we should be reading closely."

Harvest Daylighting's Bright Potential with Ongoing Monitoring

Building Operating Management, Apr. 2014, by Rita Tatum.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/lighting/article/Use-Ongoing-Monitoring-To-Get-The-Most-Out-Of-Daylighting--14866?source=FeaturedBOM-04/2014

A 3-part article:
Part 1: Use Ongoing Monitoring To Get The Most Out Of Daylighting
Part 2: Controls Are Critical To Daylighting Energy Savings
Part 3: Keep Need For Future Changes In Mind When Setting Up Daylighting Systems

Feds Step Up Avian Enforcement: Will You Be Ready?

North American Windpower, Apr. 2014, by Richard Harris Podolsky.
http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW1404/FEAT_03_Feds-Step-Up-Avian-Enforcement-Will-You-Be-Ready.html

"There is a triple whammy emerging in the wind industry that will require developers to be far more proactive than they have been regarding bird and bat issues."

Community Solar Offers a New Path Forward in Growing Distributed Generation with Customers

Northwest Public Power Association Bulletin, Apr. 2014, by Genevieve Liang. (Scroll or jump to page 15 of the PDF.)
http://www.nwppa.org/External/WCPages/WCWebContent/WebContentPage.aspx?ContentID=1701

"As solar energy becomes more mainstream in the public awareness, American utilities both large and small are trying to determine how to best incorporate solar into their resource mix, and how to handle the pathways via which consumers are adopting and using solar.

The looming question that is becoming more dominant in electric utility managers’ minds is: How can we actively engage with our customers and serve as their go-to source for solar, rather than being sidelined in this important conversation?"


Energy Costs: Balancing The Energy Equation

Building Operating Management, Apr. 2014, by John Lembo.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Energy-Master-Plan-Can-Help-Manage-Costs-On-Demand-Side-Supply-Side--14872?source=part

A 3-part article:
Part 1: Energy Master Plan Can Help Manage Costs On Demand Side, Supply Side
Part 2: Demand Side Management Helps Cut Energy Consumption, Costs
Part 3: Retrocommissioning Is Often Overlooked Way To Manage Energy Costs

Hydro Fracturing Continues to Impress

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Apr. 2014, by John Kosowatz.
https://www.asme.org/engineering-topics/articles/energy/hydro-fracturing-continues-to-impress

"Hydraulic fracturing continues to feed the boom in U.S. energy production, building on greater efficiencies in drilling that generate more productive wells. The boom has pushed energy prices lower, allowing the U.S. to better compete in energy-intensive markets such as steel and chemicals. As the industry evolves, researchers say even better tools and techniques are being developed to exploit shale oil and gas, and producers are relying on different skill sets to find and tap unconventional plays."

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