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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.

 


Digital Controls Optimize Performance [Airside Economizers]

Heating Plumbing Air Conditioning, May 2014, by Adrienne Thomle.
http://www.hpacmag.com/news/adrienne-thomle-airside-economizer/1003079977/?&er=NA

"The airside economizers of today bear little resemblance to their predecessors."

A Discussion on Dimming [LEDs]

LD+A, May 2014, by Scott Barney.
http://www.erglighting.com/media/wysiwyg/pdfs/articleLD-Amag_May2014.pdf

"Complaints of flicker, flutter, EMI disturbance and other complications stemming from an incompatibility between the LED source, dimmer and driver reveal that industry-wide confusion still reigns when it comes to the proper pairing and application of these critical components."

VAV vs. Radiant [Cooling]: Side-by-Side Comparison

ASHRAE Journal, May 2014, by Guruprakash Sastry & Peter Rumsey.
http://tinyurl.com/pymv8p2

"Infosys, one of India’s top three software companies, implemented a program in 2011 to find the best way to cool its buildings, while creating lower energy buildings that better suited the needs of its employees. The resulting building, Software Development Block 1 (SDB-1) in Hyderabad, not only became the first radiantly cooled building in India, but also resulted in the world’s largest HVAC side-by-side comparison."



The Value of the Integrated Grid

Electric Perspectives, May/Jun 2014, by Michael W. Howard.
http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/frame.php?i=207808&p=38&pn=&ver=flex

"EPRI's recent report on the future of the electric power system highlights the need to integrate distributed energy resources with the planning and operation of the grid."

Saving Energy with Neighborly Behavior: Energy Efficiency for Multifamily Renters and Homebuyers

ACEEE, May 2014, by Kate Farley and Susan Mazur-Stommen.
http://www.aceee.org/files/pdf/white-paper/saving-energy-with-neighborly-behavior.pdf

A White Paper from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. "Tenant engagement programs encourage the people who live in a multifamily property to change their behavior in order to achieve a goal. These programs are an attractive option for owners or managers who want to improve energy efficiency. In this report, we assess the key features of existing programs, make recommendations for improvements that housing providers and advocates can use immediately, and outline a wish list for the future."

Elevator Uses Solar and Storage for Net-Zero Operation

Solar Today, May/Jun 2014, by Seth Masia.
http://www.omagdigital.com/publication/?m=23867&l=1&p=34

"The Swiss elevator manufacturer Schindler...now sells a net-zero solar elevator, using a solar array and battery bank to take the lift entirely out of the building's energy equation."

Fully Measuring the Non-Energy Dollar

ACEEE, May 29, 2014, by Christopher H. Russell.
http://aceee.org/blog/2014/05/fully-measuring-non-energy-dollar

"ACEEE is now building on earlier research to quantify the dollars provided by non-energy benefits. The ideal outcome is to amass sufficient data from past energy improvements to statistically infer non-energy benefits. We think this effort will require the collaboration of multiple utility jurisdictions, culling through the project feasibility data generated by past and future energy programs."

Biofuels Progress: Where Do We Stand?

Solar Today, May/Jun 2014, by Seth Masia.
http://www.omagdigital.com/publication/?m=23867&l=1&p=22

"As ethanol stalls, the military and airlines push hard for new biojet fuels. Where will they come from?"

Lighting: 7 Ways To Make The ROI Case

Building Operating Management, May 2014, by Greg Zimmerman.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/lighting/article/Case-For-Capital-Investment-In-Lighting-Upgrades-Rests-On-Showing-Specific-Benefits--14924

"When justifying a lighting upgrade, here are some arguments to include, and some to think twice about.

A 4-part article:
Part 1: Case For Capital Investment In Lighting Upgrades Rests On Showing Specific Benefits
Part 2: Benchmarking, Rebates And Incentives Can Help Justify Lighting Upgrades
Part 3: Combine Lighting Upgrades With Other Capital Projects To Maximize Energy Savings, Minimize Disruption
Part 4: Overselling Productivity Increases, Maintenance Savings Can Hurt Chances Of Approval For Lighting Upgrades

Air Barriers: Expectations vs. Reality

Environmental Design & Construction (EDC), May 2014, by Richard Scott and Donald B. Snell. (Requires free registration to view full-text.)
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95601-air-barriers-expectations-vs-reality?v=preview

"Air barriers are expected to be beneficial to owners of green buildings, but improper specification and installation can cause problems." Includes a chart that compares air barrier standards.

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