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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.

 


Government Works: Federal Agency Actions on Energy Efficiency

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Sep. 2014, by Lowell W. Ungar, and others.
http://aceee.org/white-paper/government-works

An ACEEE White Paper: 
"Federal agency actions on energy efficiency under existing legislative authority are saving consumers money, creating jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and reducing oil use and imports. In this paper we examined four sets of recent and prospective agency actions on energy efficiency: appliance standards, vehicle standards, power plant emissions standards, and select housing policies."

Energy Efficiency Can Negatively Impact Public Health

Scientific American - Plugged In Blog, Sep. 10, 2014, by Melissa C. Lott.
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/2014/09/10/energy-efficiency-can-have-negative-impacts-on-public-health/

"Some energy efficiency improvements could cost lives by increasing indoor radon exposure and the resulting risk of developing lung cancer.  According to an article in the British Medical Journal, energy efficiency improvements could reduce home energy use and greenhouse gas emissions (which could lead to many health benefits). But, improvements that decrease air exchange rates lead to elevated exposure to indoor pollutants, including radon."

The Fine Art of Making Energy Visible

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2014, by Mark Scott Lavin.
http://www.distributedenergy.com/DE/Editorial/The_Fine_Art_of_Making_
/Energy_Visible_26497.aspx


"One of the boldest experiments in energy efficiency collaboration in the US is now well underway in Vermont, where cold winters and other factors drive some of the highest energy costs in the country. It’s spearheaded by a new kind of utility known as Efficiency Vermont and run by the non-profit Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). This new utility is the first of its kind, though similar initiatives have emerged in Oregon, Washington DC, and the Ohio region. Efficiency Vermont provides electricity to stakeholders, not by building power plants, but by helping existing consumers use less energy and use it wisely."

Minimizing Risks with Solar Roofs

The Construction Specifier, Aug. 2014, by Michael Russo.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/minimizing-risks-with-solar-roofs/

"Commercial rooftops are an attractive platform for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity-producing systems. These low-slope roofs offer an economical and sustainable structural foundation for renewable solar energy."

Green Healthcare: Energy Efficiency

Building Operating Management, Aug. 2014, by Greg Zimmerman.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/healthcarefacilities/article/Data-Helps-Sell-Energy-Efficiency-Efforts-In-Healthcare-Facilities--15183

"As hospitals compete more and more aggressively for patients, facility managers are finding themselves in fiercer competition for funds. That's because, often, senior managers decide purchasing a new linear accelerator or MRI machine might be better for recruiting new patients than, say, buying an energy efficient chiller. So it's incumbent upon facility managers to make their voices heard — to keep sustainability in general but energy efficiency specifically top of mind as an organizational priority."

Impact of ASHRAE 90.1 on Controls and BAS Design

Engineered Systems (ES), Aug. 2014, by Paul Ehrlich.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96684-impact-of-ashrae-901-on-controls-and-bas-design

"As states adopt more stringent energy codes, here is what you need to know."

Electrically Conductive Paste Provides Life Cycle Cost Savings for [Wind] Turbine Electrical Connections

Wind Systems Magazine, Aug. 2014, by Tom Gibson.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/706/electrically-conductive-paste-provides-life-cycle-cost-savings-for-turbine-electrical-connections

"...manufacturers are also standardizing wind turbine systems to make them similar to other electrical systems familiar to maintenance technicians, using established modular industrial connectors for plug-and-play convenience. Plug-in connectors are used when possible, eliminating the time required by traditional mechanical bolt-type connectors. But are the manufacturers and installers taking a serious look at protecting these electronics?

Perhaps the answers lie in looking at how electrical connections on other types of equipment around the world are protected from moisture and corrosion. They often benefit from the use of electrically conductive paste on connections, extending their life span, enhancing safety, and raising their electrical efficiency
."

Customized Pumping System Brings New Efficiencies to Mineral Processing

Maintenance Technology, Aug. 2014, by Grundfos Engineered Systems (GES) team.
http://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2014/08/customized-pumping-system-brings-new-efficiencies-mineral-processing/

"Energy-efficient pumps, intelligent pump-control logic and variable-frequency drives help the company process more minerals and cut energy use."

Advancing Microturbine Technology: A Small Package, Turbocharged

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, Jul/Aug 2014, by David Dewis.
http://www.cospp.com/articles/print/volume-15/issue-4/features/advancing-microturbine-technology-a-small-package-turbocharged.html

"Advanced microturbine technology with an intercooled and recuperated (ICR) cycle can deliver efficiency and low emissions at a competitive price. Now in the testing stage, ICR microturbines will be the foundation for the next generation of clean and efficient distributed generation, writes David Dewis."

Energy, Exergy or Economy? Figuring the Benefits of CHP

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, Jul/Aug 2014, by Jacob Klimstra.
http://www.cospp.com/articles/print/volume-15/issue-4/features/energy-exergy-or-economy-figuring-the-benefits-of-chp.html

"For many readers familiar with the concept of energy balances and tools such as Sankey diagrams, background knowledge of thermodynamics is often lacking. That might not be an issue for a practical user, but such knowledge can be of utmost importance when designing installations and when promoting the benefits of cogeneration for policymakers. In a series of articles, Jacob Klimstra discusses the energy balance of cogeneration installations."

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