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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.


Methods of Calculating Water Recovery From Air-Conditioning Cooling Coils, Part 1 of 2

HPAC Engineering, Apr. 2015, by William G. Acker.

"In traditional building cooling, air passes through chilled cooling coils in air-handling units prior to entering a facility. As air passes over the coils, moisture in the air condenses into water on the coils. The water drips into a collection pan below and is sent to a sewer drain. Today, however, particularly in areas where water is scarce and rates are high, many building owners are collecting this water and using it to replenish cooling towers for irrigation and other uses."

ENERGY STAR® Brand Awareness Continues To Grow

Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), May 2015.

"Results from the National Awareness of ENERGY STAR® for 2014 are now available. Analysis of the data from the fifteenth annual Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) household survey shows the strength of the ENERGY STAR brand by measuring label recognition, understanding, and influence on purchasing decisions. In 2014, 89 percent of households recognized the ENERGY STAR label when it was shown to them. This constitutes an increase of 48 percent since CEE first conducted the survey in 2000."

Small is Beautiful: Heat Pumps in Small-Scale Cogeneration

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, May-June 2015, Jan De Wit.

"Denmark has recently seen a growing number of cogeneration units installed in care homes, sports centres, schools and other municipal buildings. These installations have shown high annual operation hours, short ROI and significant CO2 savings. [The author] looks at how they do it."

Making the Case for Healthier Energy Use [Hospitals & Healthcare]

Northwest Energy Efficiency News, NEEA, May 13, 2015, by Kim Hughes.

"NEEA  (Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance) has published a case study examining a decade of market shift efforts to enable industry adoption of energy efficiency practices among Northwest healthcare facilities."

New Rating System for Enhancing Window Energy Performance [Window Attachments]

U.S. Department of Energy, May 18, 2015.

"Window attachments, such as awnings, shutters, drapes, and solar shades, are often used for cosmetic purposes and to help control the amount of light entering a room. However, many Americans aren’t aware that identifying energy conserving window strategies are cost effective in homes and commercial buildings. Enter the Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC). The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) will cost-share Energy Department funding to help consumers realize potential energy savings from window attachments through the creation of a comprehensive energy ratings and certification program."

Boston, NYC, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Seattle Rank as America’s Most Energy-Efficient US Cities

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), May 20, 2015.

"Mayors and local lawmakers in America’s largest cities continue to take innovative steps to lower energy costs for consumers and businesses, increase their resilience, and reduce pollution through increased energy efficiency, according to the 2nd edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)."

Design Guide Helps Grocery Stores Cut Energy Use

U.S. Department of Energy, May 14, 2015.

"Grocery stores are responsible for approximately 9% of the total energy consumed by commercial buildings in the U.S.  To reduce this energy impact, a newly released Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores demonstrates how to cut typical energy use in half, conserving approximately 8 billion Btus of energy per year, per store –equivalent to the amount of energy consumed by 148 homes during the same period." Free registration required (from ASHRAE) to download the 50% Guide.

ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holiday [Texas]

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, May 2015.

"During Memorial Day weekend, Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales and use taxes on purchases of certain energy efficient products." 

Saving Energy This Memorial Day

U.S. Department of Energy, May 2015, by Erik Hyrkas.

"The first summer holiday is just around the corner, and we know what’s on your minds for your Memorial getaway---fun in the sun, BBQs, and great family getaways to the beach. So how do we get ready for all of the excess fun, and fare with energy efficiency in mind?"

Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Increase Energy Efficiency of Schools, Offices, Stores and other U.S. Buildings

U.S. Department of Energy News Release, May 5, 2015.

"As part of the Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings and double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department today announced nearly $6 million to accelerate energy efficiency in offices, shops, schools and other buildings that will help businesses and communities save money, create jobs, and reduce pollution. In total, the eight competitively-selected projects will receive $6 million and with private sector cost sharing reach a total investment of $12.5 million."


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