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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.


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."

Secondary Glazing System (SGS) Thermal, Moisture, and Solar Performance Analysis and Validation

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Aug. 19, 2015, by Robert Hart, and others from LBNL.

"NEEA contracted with the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to conduct a study, from which this report is based, which simulates and physically validates the thermal and solar performance characteristics of seven window attachment secondary glazing systems (SGS), also known as Fixed Window Panels, using industry standard practices. Where industry standard practices do not exist, such as condensation resistance (CR) between base glazing and SGS, this report introduces new methodology and software capabilities. This report also evaluates the annual energy savings and condensation potential of all SGS systems in prototype commercial buildings."

School Districts Strive for Efficiency, Occupant Comfort

Ari Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration, Aug. 3, 2015, by Jen Anesi.

"It’s no secret that many school districts across the country lack funding for buildings repairs and desperately need to upgrade their facilities. While some administrators put off HVAC projects for as long as they can, choosing to repair instead of replace antiquated equipment, others are looking for ways to save energy and money in the long run while operating as green and sustainably as possible. The following case studies illustrate how schools across the country are implementing different HVACR solutions to achieve these goals."

Schools Save Energy with CHP

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, Aug. 3, 2015, by Jen Anesi.

"With elementary and secondary schools tightening their purse strings, and with post-secondary institutions seeing a drop in enrollment numbers over the past couple years, schools across the nation are looking for ways to cut costs. Increasingly, they are turning to cogeneration as a way to save money while also being more environmentally friendly. And, while cogeneration is still largely an industrial process, the market has significant potential for educational institutions coast to coast."

The Utopic Promise of the 'Internet of Things'

Architectural SSL, Aug. 2015, by Kevin Willmorth.

"Buildings demand solid foundations, but where structural foundations need hard earth, upcoming interactive controls need reliable communication."

The Lowly Lightbulb Outshines Solar and Wind on U.S. Power Grids

Bloomberg Business, Aug. 14, 2015, by Naureen Malik.

"Utility and power grid managers in the U.S. are learning that the best way to cut carbon emissions and improve efficiency is the easiest: Just change your lightbulbs."

Air Curtain: Energy-Saving Advancements Open Doors to New Uses

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2015, by Stephen Benes.{}

"The basic air curtain concept of protecting an open doorway from the exterior environment with and 'air seal' hasn't changed much in the last 50 years, but what has changed is the variety of businesses using them today to save energy."

Searching for Equilibrium: How to Achieve It In the Era of Distributed Energy

Public Utilities Fortnightly, Aug. 2015, by David J. O'Brien.

"Over the decades of state regulation of distribution utilities, we have seen prominent structural changes - independent power and restructuring - that have altered the basis of the regulatory bargain. Today we stand at another critical point: where the structural underpinnings of the regulatory compact have shifted and a state of disequilibrium exists."


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