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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.

 


This Earth Day, Let’s Look at How Much Energy We’ve Been Using

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Apr. 22, 2016, by Rachel Cluett.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/04/earth-day-let-s-look-how-much-energy

"Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, and that got us thinking about how households used energy back then. What did they use it for? Do we follow the same conventional wisdom for saving energy in our homes today, even though there are some obvious differences in the types of devices we use now?  We were curious to dig in and see how energy use has changed over the past 35+ years, and how that change shapes our efforts to conserve."

FM Alert: ASHRAE, AIA Look To Future Of Energy Efficiency

Facility Executive, Apr. 2016.
https://facilityexecutive.com/2016/04/ashrae-aia-look-to-future-of-energy-efficiency/

"Building on past outreach, ASHRAE and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing them to working together in a variety of built environment areas."

Green Building Report: Energy Benchmarking Ordinances

Building Operating Management, Mar. 2016, by Jenny Carney.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/What-You-Need-To-Know-About-Energy-Benchmarking-and-Disclosure-Ordinances--16501

"The spread of energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinances across the U.S. has been one of the more interesting developments around sustainability and existing buildings. But the ordinances themselves aren’t the whole story. Along with those regulations is a growing array of programs and tools that can help facility managers make the most of benchmarking by improving the energy efficiency of their buildings."

A 5-part Article:
Part 1: What You Need To Know About Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Ordinances
Part 2: Benchmarking: Opportunities for Finding Energy Efficiency
Part 3: SIDEBAR: Benchmarking Ordinance Results
Part 4: SIDEBAR (Exclusive online only): Benchmarking Tips and Resources
Part 5: USGBC Perspective: Top 10 States for LEED

Strathclyde [UK] Students Monitor Energy Efficiency with Drones

The Engineer, Apr. 21, 2016.
https://www.theengineer.co.uk/strathclyde-students-monitor-energy-efficiency-with-drones/

"Students are coupling thermal imaging cameras to drones to monitor energy efficiency in buildings."

Rooftop Refrigeration Unit Performance

ASHRAE Journal, Apr. 2016, by Kenneth M. Elovitz.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2016Apr_034-043_Elovitz.pdf

"Diagnosing a rooftop air-conditioning equipment performance problem requires analyzing complete refrigeration system performance data. The systematic approach described in this article resulted in replacing orifice-type metering devices with a traditional thermal expansion valve—and remedying insufficient dehumidification."

A Simple Approach to Affordable GSHPs

ASHRAE Journal, Apr. 2016, by Steve Kavanaugh and Chris Gray.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2016Apr_014-025_Kavanaugh.pdf

"Conventional wisdom says ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) should not be considered for commercial and institutional buildings because of the added cost. This article investigates how building owners leasing the ground heat exchanger can make GSHPS affordable for commercial and institutional applications."

EERE Success Story—Energy Efficient Windows to Reach Market Quicker with New Tool

U.S. Dept. of Energy, EERE, Mar. 31, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/success-stories/articles/eere-success-story-energy-efficient-windows-reach-market-quicker-new

"PPG eView Construct incorporates LBNL’s WINDOW 7 software engine and is backed by North America’s largest repository of glass-product performance data, which was developed by LBNL with the cooperation of PPG and other glass manufacturers. Construct allows users to mix and match glass, coatings, and gas fills into a virtual IGU [insulated glass units] design and to virtually analyze performance under standard Natural Fenestration Rating Council environmental conditions. Users can perform side-by-side comparisons of multiple IGUs and export reports of their selected IGUs for easy inclusion into bids."

DOE Announces Major Expansion of Crowdsourcing Initiative for Building Technologies

Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Apr. 12, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/articles/doe-announces-major-expansion-crowdsourcing-initiative-building-technologies

"The U.S. Department of Energy today announced a major expansion of its distinctive online crowdsourcing community for building technologies. Seeking to draw on the creativity and technical expertise of the American public, citizens can now submit their ideas to six open calls for innovation, with the chance to partner with a DOE national laboratory and a leading private sector partner."

The State of Wind Farm Underperformance Syndrome

Wind Systems Magazine, Mar. 2016, by Bruce H. Bailey.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/1149/the-state-of-wind-farm-underperformance-syndrome

"It is fair to expect that the energy output of an operating wind farm should be close to what it was designed to produce. If the wind conditions for a particular site are well-measured and the selected turbine is a well-known model, then logic would conclude that the energy prediction process is fairly straightforward. But is this an oversimplification? Industry experience has shown that it is, since the majority of operating wind farms don’t meet their predicted P50 energy values in an average year."

Solar Energy Surge In Washington Leads To Reduced Incentives

KPLU, Apr. 14, 2016, by Tom Banse.
http://www.kplu.org/post/solar-energy-surge-washington-leads-reduced-incentives

"People who are interested in solar energy but don't own the perfect roof on which to install solar panels may have the option to buy into a bigger, centrally-located project. These are called shared solar or community solar. There's a boomlet of such projects in Washington state right now, while there are hardly any in sunnier Oregon and Idaho. But Washington's generous solar incentives are coming under scrutiny."

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