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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.

 


IEA Marks Energy Efficiency As World’s “First Fuel,” Worth $310 Billion

CleanTechnica, Oct. 8, 2014, by Joshua S. Hill.
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/10/08/iea-marks-energy-efficiency-worlds-first-fuel-worth-310-billion/

"A new report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has estimated the global energy efficiency market to be worth at least $310 billion annually, a figure that is growing, and leads the IEA to confirm energy efficiency as the world’s “first fuel.”"

Article includes a link to the report's Executive Summary.

Batteries Set To Put Big Charge Into Energy Storage

Engineering News-Record (ENR), Sept. 22-29, 2014, by Thomas F. Armistead.
http://enr.construction.com/infrastructure/power_industrial/2014/0929-Batteries-Set-To-Put-Big-Charge-Into-Energy-Storage.asp

"A surge of energy is flowing into energy storage. Tesla Motors' Sept. 4 announcement that named Nevada the winner of a five-state competition to host its planned gigafactory added momentum to a market for which Lux Research LLC forecasts 8% compounded annual growth, to a global value of $50 billion, by 2020. Tesla's $4-billion plant outside Reno will produce batteries for the automotive market and the grid. According to market research firm IHS, the 2013 energy-storage installation of 340 MW will grow to 6,000 MW by 2017 and to more than 40,000 MW by 2022."

Efficiency Is the Name of the Game: Casinos Go “All In” to Save Energy

Business Energy, Sept./Oct. 2014, by David C. Richardson.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/27104.aspx

"...lately, some of the country’s leading casinos have been pushing a new kind of green that many customers would be surprised to learn could result in a win-win situation for themselves and for the environment."

Options for Emissions, Noise, and Fuel Handling [On-site Generation]

Business Energy, Sept./Oct. 2014, by Ed Ritchie.
http://www.distributedenergy.com/DE/articles/27099.aspx

"Onsite energy continues to prove itself as an economical and sustainable solution for businesses and institutions. But as it grows in popularity, the marketplace and government agencies are adding regulations for noise, emissions, and fuel handling. In the past such requirements would have slowed progress, but today there’s good news from a variety of manufacturers that have developed innovative solutions to these market challenges."

What Owners Need to Know About ... School Fall/Winter HVAC Maintenance

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning, Sept. 2014, by James G. MacMillan. [Free registration required to view full-text.]
http://hpac.com/heating/what-owners-need-know-about-school-fallwinter-hvac-maintenance

"In this installment, we take a look at HVAC preventive maintenance performed by K-12 schools during fall and winter."


Improving Energy Efficiency in Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

Business Energy, Sept./Oct. 2014, by William Atkinson.
http://www.distributedenergy.com/DE/Articles/Improving_Energy_Efficiency_in_Hospitals_
and_Healt_27101.aspx


"Usually HVAC systems and lighting are the first places most people think to start when it comes to improving energy efficiency in hospitals and health care facilities. These are, indeed, critical elements of the journey; however, one might argue that the first place one should actually start is with the building envelope, because it’s where energy savings opportunities really begin and then carry through its affiliated processes."

Financial Impacts of Net-Metered PV on Utilities and Ratepayers: A Scoping Study of Two Prototypical U.S. Utilities

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Sept. 2014, by Andrew Satchwell, and others.
http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/LBNL%20PV%20Business%20Models%20Report_no%20report%20number%20(Sept%2025%20revision).pdf

"A new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) that examines the potential impacts of customer-sited photovoltaics (PV) on electric utility profitability and rates. The report shows that these impacts can vary greatly depending upon the specific circumstances of the utility. The report also examines measures that could be pursued by utilities and regulators to mitigate the financial impacts."

New Federal Equipment Standards Create Big Northwest Energy Savings

Northwest Energy Coalition, Oct. 6, 2014.
http://www.nwenergy.org/news/new-federal-equipment-standards-create-big-northwest-energy-savings/

"In the past five years, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has cranked out federal appliance and equipment standards that by 2029 will produce almost 800 average megawatts of Northwest energy savings that will greatly help the region achieve the savings goals of current regional power plan, according to preliminary analyses by the Bonneville Power Administration and Northwest Power and Conservation Council."

Evaluating Farm Slurry Extends Life & Performance [Pumps]

Pumps & Systems, Sept. 2014, by Paul Davies.
http://www.pump-zone.com/pumps/september-2014-evaluating-farm-slurry-extends-life-performance-0

"Pump manufacturers know that the engineering phrase “fit and forget” never holds true for rotating equipment. For all its reliability and longevity, a slurry pump that has been operating in a pit for several years will eventually fail. Several pumps can handle farming applications at a tenth of the initial cost for an application-specific slurry pump. However, replacing a cheaper, less effective pump every six months becomes a tiresome—and expensive—hassle for many farmers. This article features several examples of how selecting the right pump ensured worry-free operation in harsh pit service."

Energy Department Recognizes 11 Manufacturers for Energy Efficiency Achievements

U.S. Department of Energy, Oct. 2, 2014.
http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-recognizes-11-manufacturers-energy-efficiency-achievements

"Building on the Administration’s efforts to double energy productivity and help American businesses save money by saving energy, the Energy Department today recognized 11 companies that have met ambitious energy-efficiency goals through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program."

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