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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.

 


Efficiency Beyond Design: Energy Codes

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2014, by Greg Zimmerman.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Outcomebased-Building-Codes-Could-Be-Industry-Gamechanger--15369?source=FeaturedBOM-10/2014#

"Outcome-based codes offer a new way to bridge the gap between good design and high-performance operations."

A four-part article:
Part 1: New Energy Code Approach Could Be Industry Game-Changer
Part 2: Outcome-Based Energy Codes Link Operations To Design
Part 3: How Would Outcome-Based Energy Codes Be Enforced?
Part 4: With Outcome-Based Codes, Who Is Responsible For Performance During Measurement Period?
Part 5: ICC Votes On Energy Code Compliance For IgCC

Lighting, Electricity, Steel: Energy Efficiency Backfire in Emerging Economies

The Breakthrough, Oct. 6, 2014, by Ted Nordhaus and others.
http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/issues/energy-efficiency/lighting-electricity-steel

"Countries that expect to consume much more energy will likely experience higher levels of energy efficiency rebound, concludes a new Breakthrough report, released today. Rebound is the phenomenon in which energy efficiency measures increase demand for energy, which diminishes expected energy savings. [This report] presents three historical case studies of when energy efficiency rebound occurred: lighting from 1700 to present, electricity generation in 20th century America, and iron and steel production from 1900 onward."

The Rebound Effect and Energy Efficiency Policy

E2e Working Paper 013, Oct. 2014, by Kenneth Gillingham, David Rapson, and Gernot Wagner.
http://e2e.haas.berkeley.edu/pdf/workingpapers/WP013.pdf

"What do we know about the size of the rebound effect? Should we believe claims that energy efficiency improvements lead to an increase in energy use? This paper clarifies what the rebound effect is, and provides a guide for economists and policymakers interested in its magnitude."

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Save Energy at a Maine Composting Site

Treatment Plant Operator, Oct. 2014, by Doug Day.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2014/10/geothermal_heating_and_cooling
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"A Maine composting facility creates beneficial recycled products, and does it with less energy, thanks to innovations like geothermal heating and cooling."

Zeroing In [on Zero Energy]

Building Science Insights, Building Science Corporation, by Joseph Lstiburek.
http://www.buildingscience.com/documents/insights/bsi-081-zeroing-in/

"So what does “net zero” mean anyway? And what is the difference from a “zero energy house”? A zero energy house is “off grid” and makes all the energy it needs on site using renewables. This is not easy to do and typically involves an ultra efficient house and energy storage. Good luck. Having said that, I like the ultra efficient part. I can’t help it. Engineers worship efficiency. The storage part worries me."

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell': How Utilities are Powering the Marijuana Industry

Utility Dive, Oct. 23, 2014, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/dont-ask-dont-tell-how-utilities-are-powering-the-marijuana-industry/322565/

"Marijuana—legal or otherwise—requires a lot of power to produce. And in the Pacific Northwest, utilities are now facing the complicated task of efficiently meeting that demand while navigating a set of opposing laws."

Choosing a Whole-House Ventilation Strategy (Pt. 2)

Journal of Light Construction, Oct. 2014, by Allison Bailes.
http://www.jlconline.com/ventilation/choosing-a-whole-house-ventilation-strategy_o.aspx

"An update on current standards and how to meet them."

Prepare Your Renewable Plant for Cold Weather Operations

Power Magazine, Oct. 2014, by Sonal Patel and Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/prepare-your-renewable-plant-for-cold-weather-operations/

"Although renewable generation is typically less affected by winter weather than gas- and coal-fired plants, it is far from weatherproof. Understanding the risks and preparing properly for them can avoid most problems."

Industrial Facilities Profit From a Total Systems Approach to Wastewater Treatment

Treatment Plant Operator, Oct. 2014, by Chandler Johnson.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2014/10/industrial_facilities_profit_from_a
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"Industries that must treat or pretreat their wastewater face varied challenges. Any given facility’s needs are best met by a total systems approach (TSA) — a fully integrated solution that includes all pieces of the puzzle instead of uncoordinated components and systems. The approach includes a collaborative evaluation up front to understand a facility’s requirements, apply proven designs and materials, and select innovative products that achieve the optimum water quality at the best life cycle cost."

Efficient Pumps And VFDs Bring Fast Payback On A Rhode Island [Water Treatment] Plant Upgrade

Treatment Plant Operator, Oct. 2014, by Chris Champi, Rob Little, and Mark Donovan.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2014/10/efficient_pumps_and_vfds_bring
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"A Rhode Island town expects payback of 3 1/2 years on an extensive project to upgrade inefficient pumps and install variable-frequency drives."

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