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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.


Specifying Acoustical Ceilings in Green Buildings

The Construction Specifier, Aug. 2015, by Kenneth P. Roy.

"Until now, acoustics in commercial office buildings had not been a formal part of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems except on a case-by-case basis. The new LEED v4 criteria, however, now takes into account the value of good acoustics in enhancing occupant satisfaction and productivity."

It's All About the Data: How the Building Performance Database is Informing Decisions on Energy Efficiency

U.S. Department of Energy, Aug. 25, 2015.

"Filling a gap in the market, the BPD provides public access to anonymized data on hundreds and thousands of buildings and homes.  Increased access to energy-related information in buildings allows end-users to make key decisions on energy efficiency projects, policies and programs. For the first time, users can compare variables across regional markets, uncover data trends, and draw conclusions that would otherwise be impossible or costly to identify."

The Future of Microgrid Markets

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2015, by Lyn Corum.{}

"The why, where, and how of growth in distributed energy resources."

Here are Some New Tools to Support Local Energy Efficiency

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Aug. 27, 2015, by Tyler Bailey.

"The Local Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator (LEEP-C) is a decision making tool for local policymaking. It estimates the impact select public and residential buildings policies have on energy savings, cost savings, pollution, and other outcomes. We have upgraded the original tool (v. 1.0, released in 2011) to include measures­ in the commercial building and transportation sector."

IT Industry’s Renewable Energy Procurement is Significant, Set to Climb

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Aug 20, 2015.

"The percentage of renewable electricity purchased by U.S. companies in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector is growing and will likely increase significantly by the start of the next decade, according to a first-ever analysis by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The report, "Renewable Electricity Use by the U.S. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Industry," includes case studies of renewable energy purchased by companies including Apple, Facebook, Google and other key industry figures."

NREL Helps Federal Agencies Reach New Efficiency Targets

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Aug 19, 2015, by Wayne Hicks.

"An executive order issued by the White House in March puts greater emphasis on work done at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to help government agencies meet their goals. NREL has long been a resource for federal agencies on energy efficiency efforts and renewable energy technology. The newest executive order calls for tougher goals and spurs agencies to do more than what they've done already."

Blades & Rotors [Turbines]

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2015, by Carol Brzozowski.{}

"Savings and reliability from turbines and microturbines."

Healthy Choices: Selecting From the Distributed Generation Rate Menu

Public Power, Jul/Aug 2015, by Laura D'Alessandro.

"Choosing the best distributed generation rate design for your utility depends largely on your community."

Making Advanced Metering Infrastructure Work for a Small Utility

Public Power, Jul/Aug 2015, by Susan Ryba.

"A rural community in North Carolina, Kings Mountain, has owned and operated its own utility system for more than 100 years and now serves about 6,000 electric, natural gas and water/sewer customers. The city’s electric, water and natural gas services are monitored and managed utilizing an advanced metering infrastructure system for assistance. The city’s leadership determined that the rollout of these technologies would be open and transparent to make sure the community not only accepted the new technology, but also welcomed it."

Post-HFC-Phaseout Refrigerant Options

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, Aug. 3, 2015, by Ron Rajecki.

"The July 2 ruling from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that sets forth the timeframes for the phaseout of certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in specific applications presents some challenges for the refrigeration industry. The ruling also presents new opportunities for growth of the natural refrigerants market. The ruling, however, was not unexpected, and it did not catch many of the major refrigerant manufacturers flatfooted."


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