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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.

 


Big Opportunities for Small Business: Successful Practices of Utility Small Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs

ACEEE, Nov. 21, 2016, by Seth Nowack.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/u1607.pdf

"The great majority of gas and electric utility commercial customers are small businesses. Utility energy efficiency programs are beginning to tap the potential for energy and demand savings in the small business sector. In this report, we provide examples of successful practices and describe emerging approaches."

A Fuel Phase Transition: Converting Industrial Engines to Natural Gas

Distributed Energy, Nov/Dec 2016, by Daniel P. Duffy.
http://foresternetwork.com/distributed-energy-magazine/be-energy/fuel-cells/a-fuel-phase-transition/

"There is a quiet (and sometimes not so quiet) revolution taking place in the way America powers its motors, engines, and turbines. Industrial motors, traditionally powered by diesel and gasoline fuels, are transitioning to a new fuel source—natural gas."

Can the US Cut Its Energy Use In Half By 2050?

ACEEE Blog, Dec. 7, 2016, by Steven Nadel.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/12/can-us-cut-its-energy-use-half-2050

"Yes, but we will have to double down on our efforts....We also thought it would be useful to look at potential savings in terms of cost-effective efficiency policies in order to more clearly outline what needs to be done to reach this 2050 goal. So today we release a new white paper with the results of our new analysis. These energy savings are important, because they can save the nation billions in energy bills, create domestic jobs, protect the environment, and yield numerous other benefits."

Apartment Buildings Get on the Energy Efficiency Train

Energy Manager Today, Dec. 7, 2016, by Carl Weinschenk.
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/apartment-buildings-get-on-the-energy-efficiency-train-0128919/

"Efforts are underway to address residential building energy use. In October, the National Network of Business and Industry Association provided a grant to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council  (IREC) that enabled it and the NAAEI to launch a micro-credential program aimed at apartment technical staffs. The credential will be a step beyond Certification for Apartment Maintenance Technicians (CAMT). CAMT+E certification attests that the person is capable in planning, procuring and managing energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits in apartments. It is, the press release says, “the first in a series of stackable micro-credentials, which together will lead to a new Certificate for Maintenance Supervisors.”"

Portland Set To Pass Home Energy Score Requirement

Portland Business Journal, Dec. 8, 2016, by Pete Danko.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2016/12/08/portland-set-to-pass-home-energy-score-requirement.html

"The Portland City Council on Wednesday signaled that it’s ready to approve a measure that will require homeowners to get a home energy score before they put their house up for sale. The measure, promoted by Mayor Charlie Hales, is supported by energy-efficiency advocates and climate-change activists but fiercely opposed by the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors."

Trendy Solar Cells Hit New World Efficiency Record

University of New South Wales, Australia, Dec. 2, 2016, by Wilson Da Silva.
http://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/trendy-solar-cells-hit-new-world-efficiency-record

"They’re flexible, cheap to produce and simple to make – which is why perovskites are the hottest new material in solar cell design. And now, UNSW engineers have smashed the world efficiency record."

World Energy Outlook 2016

International Energy Agency, Nov. 2016.
https://www.iea.org/newsroom/news/2016/november/world-energy-outlook-2016.html

"As a result of major transformations in the global energy system that take place over the next decades, renewables and natural gas are the big winners in the race to meet energy demand growth until 2040, according to the latest edition of the World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency’s flagship publication." Includes a link to the free Executive Summary.

Maximizing a Manufacturer’s Combined Heat and Power Plant

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Nov. 14, 2016, by Andrew Price and Aaron Wickersham.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/maximizing-a-manufacturers-combined-heat-and-power-plant/8dba326de767f993596c7d8e3ffcc9a8.html

"A Midwestern manufacturing facility opted for a hybrid combined-cycle steam turbine generator solution."

Energy Department Launches Zero Energy Schools Accelerator

U.S. Dept. of Energy, Dec. 6, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-launches-zero-energy-schools-accelerator

"...Today the Energy Department launched the Better Buildings Zero Energy Schools Accelerator. Six school districts, two states and several national organizations are working collaboratively to develop zero energy design that is cost-competitive to conventional construction in the education sector and in local communities across the nation."

What It Takes To Get Community Solar Done

Solar Industry, Nov. 2016, by Tim Braun.
http://issues.solarindustrymag.com/article/what-it-takes-to-get-community-solar-done

"Early distributed generation (DG) models inspired us to believe that we could all participate in the mission to democratize and decarbonize our energy infrastructure. Yet, for a long time, that was really only true for a quarter of U.S. households and businesses. For the other 75% or so, putting a solar PV system on their roof or property either wasn’t possible or wasn’t practical. Those hurdles are being addressed today through the proliferation of community solar, an adaptive DG model that has opened the door to a vast new customer base – one that includes all of us."

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