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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.

 


How Targeted Demand Management Can Reduce the Need for New Investments in Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure

Comverge, Inc., 2016. 
http://www.comverge.com/comverge/media/pdf/Position%20Papers/Targeted-Demand-Management-Position-Paper.pdf

"Traditionally deployed across an electric utility’s entire service territory, demand response has most often been leveraged as a cost-effective substitute for peaking generation to ensure reliability when system demand is highest. Today, it is playing an expanded role in keeping rates low and lights on. Many utilities are beginning to look at geographically targeted demand response deployments as cost-effective alternatives to transmission and distribution infrastructure upgrades for local reliability. ...The model is called 'targeted demand management,' and it’s forging ahead in states such as New York and California."


U.S. Microgrid Market Development

Power Magazine, May 2016, by Gail Reitenbach.
http://www.powermag.com/u-s-microgrid-market-development/

"Microgrids have been around for decades, but today, more potential customers, owners, technologies, and vendors than ever are part of the market. Increased interest in this special grid resource means there’s more competition, which is generally a good thing, but there are also new challenges."

How Are Distributed Energy Resources Affecting Transmission System Operators?

Power Magazine, May 2016, by Aaron Larson.
http://www.powermag.com/distributed-energy-resources-affecting-transmission-system-operators/

"Distributed energy resources (DERs) may be a competitive concern for traditional electric generators, but for independent system operators, DERs offer both benefits and challenges. Here’s what POWER learned about how system operators are responding to DERs."

Energy Efficiency in Commercial Tenant Spaces - A Feasibility Study

U.S. Department of Energy, Apr. 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/downloads/energy-efficiency-separate-tenant-spaces-feasibility-study

"While commercial building owners generally have control over building systems and operations, tenants play a critical role in achieving lasting reductions in energy intensity. In recognition of this collaborative role, the Department of Energy has studied the feasibility of improving energy efficiency in tenant spaces. This study finds significant potential to improve energy efficiency during the design and construction of tenant spaces and describes several possible steps to encourage owners and tenants to improve the efficiency of those spaces."

How’d They Do It? Montpelier [VT] Team Slashes [Wastewater] Plant Energy Use

Treatment Plant Operator, May 2016, by Doug Day.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2016/05/howd_they_do_it_montpelier_team_slashes_plant_energy_use

"By refusing to be satisfied with established practices, the plant team in Vermont’s capital has slashed energy use and helped the city toward its net zero goal."

New Cogen System Triples Energy Output from Biogas at Oregon WWTP

Biomass Magazine, May 2015, by Katie Fletcher.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/13229/new-cogen-system-triples-energy-output-from-biogas-at-oregon-wwtp

"On May 4, Clean Water Services, Energy Trust of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Energy formally announced the implementation of a new cogeneration system that converts wastewater and grease into renewable energy. The innovative system, which is part of Clean Water Services Durham Treatment Facility, is the third cogeneration system in Oregon to codigest fats, oils and grease (FOG)."

School Integrates DDC for VRF to Improve Control, Energy Management

HPAC Engineering, Apr. 2016, by Alerton.
http://hpac.com/building-controls/school-integrates-ddc-vrf-improve-control-energy-management

"When York County School Division renovated Magruder Elementary School in Williamsburg, Va., in 2015, it chose to install variable refrigerant flow (VRF) for heating and cooling. The wall controllers supplied by the VRF manufacturer, however, lacked dual set points, night setback, and consistent interoperability across competing systems, restricting the school division’s ability to manage energy use. For more robust and consistent control, [the VRF was integrated with a communicating sensor-controller combination]."

Unique Approach to High-Efficiency Laboratory-Exhaust Energy Recovery

HPAC Engineering, Apr. 2016, by Craig Buck.
http://hpac.com/iaq-ventilation/unique-approach-high-efficiency-laboratory-exhaust-energy-recovery

"The addition of adiabatic/evaporative exhaust cooling to a laboratory run-around-coil heat-recovery system at the College of Charleston [SC]."

Optimizing Irrigation

Water Efficiency, May 2016, by Don Talend.
http://foresternetwork.com/daily/water/irrigation/optimizing-irrigation-2/

"Irrigation monitoring systems save water and dollars--and often maximize the health of crops, plants, and turf."

North American Wind Power Fast Facts

enerG, Mar/Apr 2016.
http://www.altenerg.com/_resources/back_issues/mar-apr-2014/enerG.MA.2014.NA.WindPower.FastFacts.pdf

"enerG Magazine's authoritative feature on the leading U.S. states Canadian provinces in wind power, and the largest wind power projects in the U.S. and Canada." 

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