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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.

 


Community Solar Offers a New Path Forward in Growing Distributed Generation with Customers

Northwest Public Power Association Bulletin, Apr. 2014, by Genevieve Liang. (Scroll or jump to page 15 of the PDF.)
http://www.nwppa.org/External/WCPages/WCWebContent/WebContentPage.aspx?ContentID=1701

"As solar energy becomes more mainstream in the public awareness, American utilities both large and small are trying to determine how to best incorporate solar into their resource mix, and how to handle the pathways via which consumers are adopting and using solar.

The looming question that is becoming more dominant in electric utility managers’ minds is: How can we actively engage with our customers and serve as their go-to source for solar, rather than being sidelined in this important conversation?"


Energy Costs: Balancing The Energy Equation

Building Operating Management, Apr. 2014, by John Lembo.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Energy-Master-Plan-Can-Help-Manage-Costs-On-Demand-Side-Supply-Side--14872?source=part

A 3-part article:
Part 1: Energy Master Plan Can Help Manage Costs On Demand Side, Supply Side
Part 2: Demand Side Management Helps Cut Energy Consumption, Costs
Part 3: Retrocommissioning Is Often Overlooked Way To Manage Energy Costs

Hydro Fracturing Continues to Impress

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Apr. 2014, by John Kosowatz.
https://www.asme.org/engineering-topics/articles/energy/hydro-fracturing-continues-to-impress

"Hydraulic fracturing continues to feed the boom in U.S. energy production, building on greater efficiencies in drilling that generate more productive wells. The boom has pushed energy prices lower, allowing the U.S. to better compete in energy-intensive markets such as steel and chemicals. As the industry evolves, researchers say even better tools and techniques are being developed to exploit shale oil and gas, and producers are relying on different skill sets to find and tap unconventional plays."

The Impact of Transactive Energy on Appliances

Appliance Design, Apr. 2014, by Dr. Kenneth Wacks. (Free registration required to view full article.)
http://www.appliancedesign.com/articles/93975-the-impact-of-transactive-energy-on-appliances?v=preview

"Transactive Energy (TE) combines market forces and control techniques to achieve grid balance. Since renewable power from sources fluctuate, TE seeks to adapt customer equipment demands for power."

High Solids Anaerobic Digestion + Composting in San Jose

BioCycle, Mar./Apr. 2014, by Nora Goldstein.
http://www.biocycle.net/2014/03/28/high-solids-anaerobic-digestion-composting-in-san-jose/

"A facility that marries dry anaerobic digestion and composting under the same roof to process the organic fraction of municipal solid waste opened for business late last year at the south end of the San Francisco Bay in San Jose, California. Zero Waste Energy Development Company (ZWEDC) — developer and owner of the 90,000 tons/year facility — recognized the benefits of colocation to enable extraction of the energy value of the food waste, followed by composting of the digestate. The plant, comprised of 16 high-solids dry fermentation digesters and four in-vessel composting tunnels, began receiving organics from the commercial sector in San Jose in mid-December."

Simple Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Environmental Design + Construction (EDC), Apr. 2014, by Jennifer Meek.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95530-simple-ways-to-improve-indoor-air-quality

"Help improve the air quality of your building without breaking the bank."

Ban LEED?

Environmental Design + Construction (EDC), Apr. 2014, by Michael J. Berning.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95534-ban-leed

"LEED has positively and permanently transformed building design and construction. The integration of LEED with this sector of our economy has led to a substantial increase in the availability of recycled content and environmentally safer products; options for waste diversion and material reuse; energy- and water-efficient equipment; and a whole list of additional positive changes—a nearly complete market transformation in less than two decades! So why is the ACC (American Chemistry Council) so focused on making certain LEED is not used anymore? More importantly, why must you get involved?"

Fuel Cell CHP Passes the Point of No Return

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, Mar.-Apr. 2014.
http://www.cospp.com/articles/print/volume-15/issue-2/features/fuel-cell-chp-passes-the-point-of-no-return.html

"The use of fuel cell technology in combined heat and power applications is commonly viewed as being at an early stage of development. However, Arjen de Jong and Martin Horstink argue that significant advances in the last 12 months mean this is no longer the case." 

From Cow to Car [Manure to CNG]

Manure Manager, Mar./Apr. 2014, by Diane Mettler. http://www.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/index.php?i=0&m=1559&l=1&p=6&pre=&ver=flex

"Using their 6.2 million gallon digester, Fair Oaks Farms [Fair Oaks, IN] has converted waste into enough compressed natural gas (Cng) to run their fleet of milk trucks."

The Long Winding Road Toward Efficient Furnaces

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Apr. 24, 2014, by Andrew deLaski.
http://aceee.org/blog/2014/04/long-winding-road-toward-efficient-fu

"The struggle for improved gas furnace efficiency standards may have an end in sight. Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit approved a settlement between the Department of Energy (DOE) and an industry trade group. In the settlement, DOE agreed to pull back efficiency standards completed in 2011 and develop new standards in their place within two years. This new rulemaking represents another opportunity to set strong furnace standards which will save energy and cut consumers’ heating bills."

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