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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.

 


Hydrogen Fuel Finally Graduating From Lab to City Streets

Bloomberg Business Week, June 2014, by Christopher Martin.
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-06-04/clean-hydrogen-advances-amid-fuel-cell-technology-gains

"Once relegated to the realm of science projects, hydrogen fuel cells are starting to displace fossil fuels as a means of powering cars, homes and businesses."

The Dynamic Challenge of Integrating Variable Resources

Power, June 2014, by Sonal Patel.
http://www.powermag.com/the-dynamic-challenge-of-integrating-variable-resources/

"All aspects of system operations are tested by unique challenges as more variable energy resources are connected to the grid."

Cool Policies for Cool Cities: Best Practices for Mitigating Urban Heat Islands in North American Cities

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), June 17, 2014, by Virginia Hewitt, Eric Mackres, Kurt Shickman. (Free registration required to view full report.)
http://www.aceee.org/research-report/u1405

"The urban heat island (UHI) effect is a global phenomenon in which dark, impermeable surfaces and concentrated human activity cause urban temperatures to be several degrees hotter than those in surrounding areas. Urban heat islands impose negative effects on local and global public health, air quality, energy consumption, resilience, quality of life, stormwater management, and environmental justice. Cities across North America experience and mitigate the impacts of UHIs. We conducted a review of the UHI mitigation activities of 26 North American cities and distributed a questionnaire to local government contacts to gather information."

High-Tech Window Glazing

Green Builder, June 2014, by Suchi Rudra. (Scroll or jump to page 49.)
http://content.yudu.com/A2vekc/GreenBuilderJune2014/resources/index.htm

"When it comes to energy efficiency, windows are problematic; they're essentially holes in an otherwise insulated wall. Glass makes up about 15 percent of the wall space in an average home, and inefficient windows can cost over $700 a year in wasted heating and cooling costs. This loss accounts for approximately 2 percent of all energy consumption in the U.S. Upgrading window products, whether you retrofit or replace, means upgrading building performance and cutting back on hundreds of dollars in energy bills."

Rental Renaissance

Green Builder, June 2014, by Juliet Grable. (Scroll to page 12)
http://content.yudu.com/A2vekc/GreenBuilderJune2014/resources/index.htm

"Well designed, energy efficient. Located in walkable neighborhoods near public transportation. In cities across the country, the humble apartment is receiving a green makeover."

A Survey of State-Level Cost and Benefit Estimates of Renewable Portfolio Standards

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) & LBNL Technical Report, NREL/TP-6A20-61042 & LBNL-6589E, May 2014.
http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-6589e.pdf

"This report surveys and summarizes existing state-level RPS cost and benefit estimates and examines the various methods used to calculate such estimates. The report relies largely upon data or results reported directly by electric utilities and state regulators."
 

Taming an Energy Hog with Efficiency Standards [Furnace Fans]

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), June 25, 2014, by Joanna Mauer.
http://aceee.org/blog/2014/06/taming-energy-hog-efficiency-standard%20

"The Department of Energy (DOE) issued new efficiency standards today that will dramatically reduce the energy use of a little-known home energy hog. Furnace fans, which circulate heated and cooled air throughout a home, consume more than twice the electricity in a year as a typical new refrigerator. The new standards will cut the cost to power furnace fans by about 40% and also deliver improved comfort."

ASME EA-4-2010 - Energy Assessment for Compressed Air Systems. What’s it all about?

Compressed Air Best Practices, June 2014, by Joe Ghislain.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/standards/food-grade-air/asme-ea-4-2010-energy-assessment-compressed-air-systems-what-s-it-all-about

"The ASME EA-4 standard takes the same system approach that is taught in the Compressed Air Challenge® Fundamentals and Advanced Compressed Air System Management courses and provides a prescriptive but scalable process that can be tailored to each facility. Along with system definition, it sets requirements for organizing and conducting the assessment, analyzing the data, and reporting and documenting of the findings."

Solar Inverters Face the Demands of a New Day with More Functionality

Solar Industry, June 2014, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1406/FEAT_01_Solar-Inverters-Face-The-Demands-Of-A-New-Day-With-More-Functionality.html

"Cost competition and performance requirements are forcing inverter suppliers to get smart."

LEDs: A Deep Dive in Dimming

Architectural Lighting, May/Jun 2014, by Alice Liao.
http://www.archlighting.com/leds/leds-a-deep-dive-in-dimming_o.aspx

"By its nature, solid-state lighting can dim smoothly, but when paired with legacy technology, some outstanding issues may reappear."

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