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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.

 


Highlights From Four Tribal Weatherization Programs in Washington State

Home Energy, Sep./Oct. 2014, by Eunice Herren. [Scroll to page 16.]
http://www.omagdigital.com/publication/index.php?i=0&m=15729&l=1&p=3&pre=

"A closer look into the challenges, successes, and lessons learned" at four tribal weatherization programs:
  • Makah Tribal Housing Department
  • Spokane Indian Housing Authoring
  • South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency
  • Yakama Nation Housing Authority

2013 Wind Technologies Market Report

U.S. Department of Energy, Aug. 2014, by Ryan Wiser and Mark Bolinger.
http://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2014/08/f18/2013%20Wind%20Technologies%20Market%20Report_1.pdf

"Annual wind power capacity additions in the United States were modest in 2013, but all signals point to more-robust growth in 2014 and 2015. With the industry’s primary federal support—the production tax credit (PTC)—only available for projects that had begun construction by the end of 2013, the next couple years will see those projects commissioned. Near-term wind additions will also be driven by recent improvements in the cost and performance of wind power technologies. At the same time, the prospects for growth beyond 2015 are uncertain."

Sharing the Table for Improved Recreational Facilities

EDC (Environmental Design + Construction), Aug. 2014, by Steve Flanagan.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95772-sharing-the-table-for-improved-recreational-facilities

"By applying an integrated project process, building teams can bring higher education recreational centers to a greater level of sustainability and efficiency."

Customize Lighting Control with Wireless Flexibility

Buildings, August 2014, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17799/title/customize-lighting-control-with-wireless-flexibility.aspx

"Mesh networks for devices create greater granularity with minimal disruption."

Air Leakage Testing: A Hot Button or Hot Air?

Buildings Magazine, Aug. 2014, by Christopher Curtland.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17768/title/air-leakage-testing-a-hot-button-or-hot-air.aspx

"Find out when and where pressurization is a valuable forensic tool."


Evaluating Power-Demand Reduction With VFD-Controlled Systems

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning, Aug. 2014, by Alexander L. Burd and Galina S. Burd.
http://hpac.com/motors-drives/evaluating-power-demand-reduction-vfd-controlled-systems

Discusses the "the impact of relative dynamic-pressure losses and other factors on overall power demand and energy savings."

Improving the Efficiency of Small to Mid-Sized Buildings

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning Engineering, Aug. 2014, by Chad Senger. [Free registration required to view full-text.]
http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/improving-efficiency-small-mid-sized-buildings

"Taking advantage of technological advances previously limited primarily to large buildings."

Do Energy-saving Products Actually Save Customers Energy? HVAC Contractors Need to Educate Consumers

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, Aug. 18, 2014, by Joanna R. Turpin.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/127355-do-energy-saving-products-actually-save-customers-energy

"Homeowners who cannot be convinced to invest in an energy audit should still be educated about real ways they can save energy so they don’t fall prey to advertising claims.... Still, some homeowners will continue to believe that buying a singular product will result in significant energy savings."

Tips for Updating School HVAC Equipment

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, Aug. 4, 2014, by Jen Anesi.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/127240-tips-for-updating-school-hvac-equipment

"While times are hard now for many schools, some manufacturers believe an improving economy and increasing availability of alternative financing options will soon make it easier for schools to get the funding necessary for upgrades. And, in the meantime, HVAC products will continue to improve in energy efficiency, ease of installation, and life cycle."


Super-Efficient Manufactured Home [Bothell, WA]

BPA Journal, Sep. 2014. [Scroll to page 3.]
http://www.bpa.gov/news/pubs/Journal/Journal-201409-September-2014.pdf

"Puget Sound Energy, Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County and BPA recently hosted a tour of a new, high performance manufactured home in Bothell, just north of Seattle. The prototype home incorporates some of the latest energy-saving features and technologies, including a ductless heat pump, heat pump water heater, efficient lighting, triple-glazed windows, foam sheathing on exterior walls and added insulation."

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