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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.

 


BPA Breaks Ground on New Power Line

Bonneville Power Administration Bulletin, May 2014. (See page 1 of the PDF.)
http://www.bpa.gov/news/pubs/Journal/Journal-201405-May-2014.pdf

"BPA will begin constructing the Central Ferry-Lower Monumental transmission line this month. The new line is expected to carry more than 800 megawatts of renewable wind energy, enough to power about half a million Northwest homes when the wind is blowing."

The Year Energy Storage Hit Its Stride

Power Magazine, May 2014, by Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/the-year-energy-storage-hit-its-stride/

"After operating on the sidelines for years, the energy storage sector is finally poised to begin making its mark, driven by greater policy support and technological advances that have begun making new solutions economic."


First U.S. County Passes Energy Benchmarking Law

EcoBuilding Pulse, Apr. 30, 2014, by Katie Weeks.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/energy-efficiency/first-us-county-passes-energy-benchmarking-law_o.aspx

"Nine major U.S. cities already have energy benchmarking laws on their books, and now the first county in the country has joined their ranks. On April 22, Maryland's Montgomery County—a suburban county bordering Washington, D.C.—unanimously passed a package of nine energy bills that includes energy benchmarking legislation that will now require owners of large, nonresidential buildings to track and report their properties' energy use."

Is Your Facility Ready for ISO 50001 and SEP?

Superior Energy Performance™ (SEP), U.S. Department of Energy, Apr. 2014.
http://superiorenergyperformance.energy.gov/strategic_energy_management_checklist.html

"As you consider your manufacturing facility’s readiness for energy management, use the Strategic Energy Management Checklist to conduct a high-level assessment of your manufacturing facility’s energy management program and identify steps you can take to move to the next level."

FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces Commitments and Executive Actions to Advance Solar Deployment and Energy Efficiency

White House Press Release, May 9, 2014.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/09/fact-sheet-president-obama-announces-commitments-and-executive-actions-a

"Today, President Obama announced more than 300 private and public sector commitments to create jobs and cut carbon pollution by advancing solar deployment and energy efficiency."

[WSU] Students Take Top Prizes at World Power, Energy Conference

WSU [Washington State University] News, Apr. 30, 2014, by Tina Hilding.
https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/30/students-take-top-prizes-at-world-power-energy-conference/

"At the world’s largest power and energy exposition and conference [2014 Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) conference] recently, students from Washington State University won three of the top six poster awards."

Award winners:

Brad Tuffley and Douglas Rapier, who won the undergraduate student poster competition with their design for an open source phasor measurement unit [PMU].

Saugata S. Biswas, who won the top graduate student award for developing an online monitoring system for circuit breakers installed at power substations.

Sayonsom Chanda, who received a second place award for developing a tool for better modeling of campus microgrids.

Daniel Yergin on the Next Energy Revolution

McKinsey Quarterly Commentary, April 2014.
http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/energy_resources_materials/
daniel_yergin_on_the_next_energy_revolution


"The global energy expert and Pulitzer Prize–winning author expects an energy landscape rife with innovations—and surprises."

From Fluff to Fuel [MSW to Pellets]

Biomass Magazine, May 2014, by Susanne Retka Schill.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/10326/from-fluff-to-fuel

"Tennessee-based WastAway engineers pellets from MSW that is treated with steam and pressure."

Nice Reward, No Risk [Wastewater Treatment to Energy]

Treatment Plant Operator, May 2014, by Doug Day.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2014/05/nice_reward_no_risk

"The Village of Ridgewood (N.J.) Water Pollution Control Facility is cutting its costs by adding biogas and solar power generation — that’s nothing new. But leaders in this village of 26,000 did it without spending money. Instead, they entered an agreement with other parties who provided the funds in exchange for sharing in project savings and revenue."

Coal is Going, Going... Gone?

Utility Dive, Apr. 24, 2014, by Claire Cameron.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/coal-is-going-going-gone/253641/

"Coal power was the backbone of American industry for the last 100 years. But by 2020, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that about 60 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired capacity will be retired. That's 6.2% of all U.S. capacity, according to calculations based on NERC data."

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