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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.

 


Energy Department Invests $14 Million to Increase Energy Efficiency of Nation’s Homes and Buildings

U.S. Department of Energy, May 9, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-invests-14-million-increase-energy-efficiency-nation-s-homes-and

"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 $14 million to dramatically increase the efficiency of our nation’s homes and buildings. These projects will cut energy costs for thousands of American families and businesses, while leading to greater demand for new building products and technologies, many of which can be produced in the U.S."  Funding distributed through the DOE Commercial Buildings Integration Program (6 projects), and the DOE Building America Program (8 projects).

Energy Savings in Electrical Distribution Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Apr. 2016, by Cameron Bellao.
https://www.csemag.com/single-article/energy-savings-in-electrical-distribution-systems/2d990c83c1337f2b887d739a1b1472f6.html

"Consider these energy efficiency options for retrofitting existing and designing new buildings’ electrical distribution systems."

Doubly Renewable [Anaerobic Digestion & Ethanol]

Manure Manager, Mar/Apr 2016, by Treena Hein.
http://www.agannex.com/energy/doubly-renewable

"Innovative anaerobic digester project in California supports another renewable energy facility: ethanol."

United States Reaches 1 Million Solar Installations

PV Magazine, May 3, 2016, by Christian Roselund.
http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/united-states-reaches-1-million-solar-installations_100024426/#axzz47d79EAU7

"Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has launched a new awareness campaign on the occasion of the United States reaching an estimated 1 million solar PV installations. Million Solar Strong is a traditional and social media campaign under the message that 'solar is here to stay'."

Cooking Oil Factory Combines Compressed Air Systems to Save 36%

Compressed Air Best Practices, Apr. 2016, by Ron Marshall.
https://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/end-uses/cooking-oil-factory-combines-compressed-air-systems-save-36

"To produce healthy, high-quality cooking oil, this food processing company crushes and processes oil seeds shipped in from local farms. To increase the energy efficiency of its oil seed crushing and processing facility, the company optimized its compressed air system by combining three separate systems into one."

Decoupling Spurs Energy Efficiency Investment

Intelligent Utility, Apr. 11, 2016.
http://www.intelligentutility.com/article/16/04/decoupling-spurs-energy-efficiency-investment

"This month in Electricity Journal, NRDC and Fresh Energy co-authored a paper that expands upon a credible and extensive body of research finding that, along with energy efficiency resource standards and performance incentives, decoupling elevates efficiency up the ladder of utility priorities. In reviewing data across five utilities in California, Idaho and Oregon, we identified a link between decoupling policies and elevated energy efficiency savings levels and program investment."

Innovative Energy Program Assessments at Darigold

Compressed Air Best Practices, Apr. 2016, by Clinton Shaffer.
https://www.airbestpractices.com/energy-manager/corporate-sustainability-programs/innovative-energy-program-assessments-darigold

"Darigold, a farmer-owned dairy co-op located in the Pacific Northwest, has the happy cows, but production is more sophisticated. The company has eleven state-of-the-art production facilities churning out high-quality dairy products at mind-boggling rates. To maintain efficient production at scale, Darigold also has an innovative energy management program in place."

PG&E’s Newly Proposed Efficiency Program Is Simple. But It’s Based on a Revolutionary Concept

Greentech Media, Apr. 7, 2016, by Matt Golden.
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/PGEs-Newly-Proposed-Efficiency-Program-Is-Simple.-But-Its-Based-on-a-Rev

"In its proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), PG&E describes a residential pay-for-performance pilot that uses newly available and standardized energy and project data, combined with open-source standard methods to calculate savings, to enable a marketplace that pays for results measured at the meter, rather than upfront estimates."

Intelligent Efficiency & Continual Commissioning: Data Points

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Apr. 22, 2016, by Ethan Rogers.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/04/intelligent-efficiency-continual

"One of the more vexing challenges for those in the energy efficiency program sector is ensuring that savings resulting from the implementation of an efficiency measure persist over time. Fortunately, a solution exists: intelligent efficiency can prevent the degradation of energy savings, and in some instances increase savings over time."

Should we Promote Heat Pumps to Save Energy and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, May 4, 2016, by Steven Nadel.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/05/should-we-promote-heat-pumps-save

"In order to examine which applications are good for obtaining cost-effective energy savings from heat pumps, ACEEE conducted a pair of analyses that we are releasing today. One addresses opportunities to replace electric resistance heat with heat pumps and the other addresses replacing gas furnaces with heat pumps."

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