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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.

 


The Ways of Warehouses and Other Large Facilities

Business Energy, Dec. 2014, by Matt M. Casey.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/The_Ways_of_Warehouses_and_
Other_Large_Facilities_27625.aspx


"Assessing industrial and commercial spaces for efficiency upgrades."

Variables for Retrofitting with VRF

Buildings, Jan. 2015, by Chris Olson.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18387/title/variables-for-retrofitting-with-vrf.aspx

"If you’re considering a major retrofit of an existing HVAC system, take these three steps to do your due diligence for a possible VRF [variable refrigerant flow] solution, says Anne Wagner, energy efficiency engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)." Also, gives a 15-year lifecycle cost analysis comparison between VAV and VRF retrofit alternatives.

Four Tips on LEED O+M Can Ease Way to Certification

Building Operating Management, Dec. 2014, by Pete Choquette.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/Four-Tips-on-LEED-OM-Can-Ease-Way-to-Certification--15523

"Certification under programs like the LEED Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) rating system has become important as designers, owners and facility managers have begun focusing more closely on the energy and environmental impacts of their buildings. Four tips, including a look at the LEED O+M credits structure, can ease the way to LEED certification."

How To Reduce Elevators' Energy Use

Building Operating Management, Dec. 2014, by Karen Kroll.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/elevators/article/How-To-Reduce-Elevators-Energy-Use--15510

"Elevators’ energy use can be reduced through a variety of means, including the use of more efficient AC motors and regenerative drives, but this objective does not always get top priority."

McDonald’s Study Explores Idea of a Net Zero Energy Quick Service Restaurant

New Buildings Institute Press Release, Jan. 30, 2014.
http://newbuildings.org/news/mcdonald%E2%80%99s-study-explores-idea-net-zero-energy-quick-service-restaurant

"A study prepared by Rocky Mountain Institute, Fisher Nickel, Inc. and New Buildings Institute examines the technical and financial feasibility of achieving new net zero energy restaurants in three cities: Chicago, Orlando and Washington, D.C."

How Utilities Can Get In On the Solar Job Bonanza

Utility Dive, Jan. 28, 2015, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/how-utilities-can-get-in-on-the-solar-job-bonanza/357997/

"Despite solar providing 1.3% of all new U.S. jobs in 2014, being the single biggest new U.S. jobs creator, and doubling its installation sector since 2010, utilities seem to be uncertain about getting involved in it."

National Solar Job Census 2014

The Solar Foundation, Jan. 2015.
http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/TSF-National-Census-2014-Report_lowres.pdf

"The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2014 is the fifth annual update of current employment, trends, and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry. This year’s Census found that the industry continues to exceed growth expectations, adding workers1 at a rate nearly 20 times faster than the overall economy and accounting for 1.3% of all jobs created in the U.S. over the past year. Our long-term research shows that solar industry employment has grown by 86% in the past five years, resulting in nearly 80,000 domestic living-wage jobs."

Slash Plug Loads in 6 Steps

Buildings, Jan. 2015, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18432/title/slash-plug-loads-in-6-steps.aspx

"Plug loads are becoming one of the fastest growing end uses of energy, the New Buildings Institute warns, and their drain on energy budgets is on the rise. [Plug load] includes any devices that plug into a building’s electrical system. In a typical office, the worst offenders are desktop equipment such as computers, monitors, and printers, notes Suzanne Foster Porter, director of research and technical services for ECOVA, an energy and sustainability management firm. Small offices also see a disproportionate amount of their plug load stemming from IT closets and computer rooms."

Nuclear Still Delivers

Public Power, Jan./Feb. 2015, by Alice Clamp.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=42901

"From an electricity source that was 'too cheap to meter' to a long-awaited but elusive renaissance, nuclear energy has remained a viable generating resource. In Europe, the picture is mixed. The United Kingdom is building new nuclear plants, while Germany will close all of its currently operating nuclear plants by 2022. In the United States, nuclear power plants produce roughly one-fifth of the nation’s power. Within the public power community, nuclear energy accounts for about 8 percent of electricity generation."

Smart Start for Public Power: Utilities Modernize the Grid

Public Power, Jan./Feb. 2015, by Laurel Lunstrom.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=42905

"Like the smart phone, the smart meter has become a ubiquitous part of living in the digital age. Some public power utilities that just five years ago were thinking about the smart meter as a thing of the future have now modernized their infrastructure in a way that not only includes smart meters and the communications systems that go with them, but also upgrades that have affected their entire way of doing business. Making utilities smarter has contributed to a greener environment, resulted in happier customers and, for some, has already provided lucrative returns on their multimillion-dollar smart grid investments."

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