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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.

 


Centralia Coal Transition Board Approves $727,433 Grant for Community Action Council

The Chronicle (Lewis County, WA), Mar. 29, 2016, by Justyna Tomtas.
http://www.chronline.com/centralia-coal-transition-board-approves-grant-for-community-action-council/article_1ac8fefa-f5d2-11e5-ae4b-972838408d90.html

"The Centralia Coal Transition Weatherization Board approved its first grant application, one submitted by the Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason and Thurston counties. The money will help support weatherization services in Lewis and South Thurston counties over a 24-month period."


Prevent Motor Bearing Failures

Maintenance Technology, Mar. 2016.
http://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2016/03/prevent-motor-bearing-failures-2/

"Understanding the top five causes of failed motor bearings will help stop these problems in their tracks."

Residential IAQ Guide

ASHRAE Journal, Mar. 2016, by Lawrence J. Schoen.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2016Mar_080-081_IAQ_Schoen.pdf

"This column previews the Residential Indoor Air Quality Guide that ASHRAE will publish early in 2017. The new guide will be a companion to the affordable Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning that ASHRAE published in 2009, which focused primarily on nonresidential indoor air quality."

Why Rural Electric Cooperatives Are Opting for Community-Scale Solar

Rocky Mountain Institute Outlet, Mar. 31, 2016, by Kevin Brehm and Joseph Goodman.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_03_31
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"The successful idea of the moment is community-scale solar. Rural electric cooperatives are spreading the word on how local clean power can save money, support communities, and diversify energy supplies. Community-scale solar is becoming an important tool for rural electric cooperatives as they begin their transition from a centralized fossil-fuel-based energy system to an increasingly distributed and renewable system."

Report: Energy Efficiency Still Less Expensive Than Building New Power Plants

Utility Dive, Apr. 5, 2016, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/report-energy-efficiency-still-less-expensive-than-building-new-power-plan/416852/

"No matter how you cut it, efficiency is cheaper than building a new power plant. That's the takeaway from a short paper on efficiency's costs put out by ACEEE. In it, the group indicates it has a forthcoming report which will peg the cost at 3.5 cents/kWh – less than half the cost used by the federal government, but slightly higher than other estimates."

How Utilities Can Boost Customer Savings by Marrying Efficiency and DR Programs

Utility Dive, Apr. 6, 2016, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/how-utilities-can-boost-customer-savings-by-marrying-efficiency-and-dr-prog/416766/

"A new report from Navigant Research examines the global market for integrated demand-side management (IDSM), focusing on energy efficiency and demand response (DR) programs, with market forecasts for spending, through 2025."

Wood Alternatives to Fossil Fuels [Wood Pellets]

Buildings, Mar. 2016, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/news/industry-news/articleid/19958/title/wood-alternatives-to-fossil-fuels.aspx

"Could scraps from sawmills and furniture manufacturers become an affordable, eco-friendly heating option for your facility? Wood chips and pellets – a compressed form of wood-based waste that resembles rabbit feed – are growing in popularity as a green replacement for conventional heating fuels."

Energy Efficiency through Tenant Engagement: A Pilot Behavioral Program for Multifamily Buildings

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Mar. 3, 2016, by Lauren Ross and Ariel Drehobl.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/takoma-park-pilot.pdf

"In 2014, ACEEE launched a pilot program to test a variety of behavioral strategies to promote energy efficiency among tenants in low- to moderate-income multifamily housing in Takoma Park, Maryland. The program included behavioral messaging, events, educational information, and the distribution of energy saving devices. We measured energy use in the months before and after the pilot. The white paper includes these results...."

Big Savers: Experiences and Recent History of Program Administrators Achieving High Levels of Electric Savings

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, April 2016, by Brendon Baatz, Annie Gilleo, and Toyah Barigye.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/u1601.pdf

"Energy efficiency savings have grown substantially in the past ten years, and national leaders in program administration have emerged as savings levels have increased. This report reviews annual program performance for 14 leading energy efficiency program administrators, with a focus on costs, electricity savings, cost effectiveness, and portfolio design. We also interviewed program managers for insights on past and future challenges, keys to achieving and sustaining high levels of savings, and future large savings opportunities."  Includes Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Seattle City Light.

Design Considerations for Dedicated OA Systems

ASHRAE Journal, Mar. 2016, by Hugh Crowther and Yi Teng.
http://tinyurl.com/h4xlwh2

"Dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) decouple the heating, cooling, dehumidification and humidification of outdoor air from the space air-conditioning system. Common HVAC systems such as water (ground) source heat pumps, variable refrigerant flow (VRF), fan coils and chilled beams require a DOAS to meet ventilation requirements. But DOAS is a system, not a piece of equipment."

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