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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.

 


Developing a Pump System Assessment with Energy Cost Balance Sheets

Engineered Software, Inc., May 2015.
http://eng-software.com/company/press/2015/5/developing-a-pump-system-assessment-with-energy-cost-balance-sheets/

"The first step in the assessment involves developing an Energy Cost Balance Sheet for the way the system is currently operating.  We can then identify system improvement alternatives and develop an Energy Cost Balance Sheet for each proposed alternative.  These results provide the plant’s financial management team with the data needed to develop a course of action based on the potential risk/ reward."

Getting to Outcome-Based Building Performance Event Report

New Building Institute, May 2015, by Mark Frankel and Jim Edelson.
http://newbuildings.org/performance-outcomes-event-report

"This report summarizes the work undertaken by a group of building industry thought leaders who gathered for a Performance Outcome Summit in August 2014 in Seattle, Washington. During a day and a half workshop, the group examined the opportunities, barriers and next steps that will transition the commercial building industry from estimating energy use, based on models in the design phase, to measuring real performance outcomes, based on actual energy use in an occupied building."

Clearing the Air [Residential IAQ]

Green Builder, Apr. 2015. (Scroll to page 11 of the magazine or page 20 of the digital issue.)
http://www.greenbuildermedia.com/gbapr2015

"The continued rise of respiratory-related health problems has the public increasingly aware of indoor air pollution. Here's how you can take advantage of new research and products to address IAQ in your projects--before it becomes a problem."

Selecting a Boiler for Heating, Process Loads

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Apr. 2015, by Bradley A. Pankow.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/selecting-a-boiler-for-heating-process-loads/346ed587852de8e21b053c91f7ec85d5.html

"Boilers for heating and domestic hot water systems are used in many nonresidential buildings and across educational, hospital, and industrial campuses. This article reviews the codes and standards that regulate boiler system specification and design, plus energy efficiency and efficacy of these boiler systems."

Integration: Lighting and HVAC systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, April 2015, by Chris Rush.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/integration-lighting-and-hvac-systems/74d81a6dede2cff0f4dd8a689c13ad76.html

"By considering the first principles of radiative energy, engineers can determine how to balance daylight, electric light, and HVAC systems, particularly considering various options for daylight control and the advent of LEDs."

Bioenergy & Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps

Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), April 2015.
http://bioenfapesp.org/scopebioenergy/index.php

"Led by researchers from the Sao Paulo Research Foundation, the SCOPE report is the collective effort of 137 experts from 82 institutions and 24 countries to document and analyze impacts, benefits, and constraints related to the global expansion of bioenergy. Contributors include several BETO-funded scientists from Argonne National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory."

The Total Cost of Saving Electricity through Utility Customer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs: Estimates at the National, State, Sector and Program Level

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Electricity Markets & Policy Group, Technical Brief, Apr. 2015, by Ian M. Hoffman and others.
http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/total-cost-of-saved-energy.pdf

"Based on several hundred regulatory filings, researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have determined the total cost of saving electricity through efficiency programs: $0.046 per kilowatt-hour. That value is the average for 20 states in the period 2009 to 2013 and compares favorably with supply-side alternatives and retail rates."

Energy Efficient Electric Steelmaking

Steel Times International, Apr. 2015,(page 51), by Alessandro Foresti and Daniele Archetti.
http://issuu.com/quartzmetals/docs/steel_times_international_april_201_674168df088c26/51

"Organic Rankine Cycle-based waste heat recovery systems for electric steelmaking are currently few and far between, but a recently installed system in Riesa, Germany and another underway in Brescia, Italy, could bring greater energy efficiency and has opened the way for similar applications."

Transforming U.S. Energy Infrastructures in a Time of Rapid Change: The First Installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review

U.S. Department of Energy, April 2015.
http://energy.gov/epsa/quadrennial-energy-review-qer

"On January 9, 2014, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the administration to conduct a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). As described in the President’s Climate Action Plan, this first-ever review focuses on energy infrastructure and identifies the threats, risks, and opportunities for U.S. energy and climate security, enabling the federal government to translate policy goals into a set of integrated actions."

The first installment was released in April 2015 and links to the full report are available.

First Energy Efficiency Legislation Passed by New Congress

RESNET News, April 30, 2015, by Laurel Elam.
http://www.resnet.us/blog/first-energy-efficiency-legislation-passed-by-new-congress/

"On April 21, 2015, Congress passed S 535, “The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015”.  The legislation was sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jean Shaheen (D-NH). "The modest energy efficiency legislation includes three provisions drawn from a larger efficiency bill sponsored by the two Senators:
  • Promotion of commercial building energy-use benchmarking and disclosure
  • Establishment of a voluntary “Tenant Star” program to promote energy efficiency in rental property that would certify and recognize commercial building tenants for achieving high levels of energy efficiency
  • Adjustment of efficiency standards for “grid-connected” water heaters, so that water heaters needed for demand response and thermal storage programs can continue to be sold"

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