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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.

 


Nuclear Still Delivers

Public Power, Jan./Feb. 2015, by Alice Clamp.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=42901

"From an electricity source that was 'too cheap to meter' to a long-awaited but elusive renaissance, nuclear energy has remained a viable generating resource. In Europe, the picture is mixed. The United Kingdom is building new nuclear plants, while Germany will close all of its currently operating nuclear plants by 2022. In the United States, nuclear power plants produce roughly one-fifth of the nation’s power. Within the public power community, nuclear energy accounts for about 8 percent of electricity generation."

Smart Start for Public Power: Utilities Modernize the Grid

Public Power, Jan./Feb. 2015, by Laurel Lunstrom.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=42905

"Like the smart phone, the smart meter has become a ubiquitous part of living in the digital age. Some public power utilities that just five years ago were thinking about the smart meter as a thing of the future have now modernized their infrastructure in a way that not only includes smart meters and the communications systems that go with them, but also upgrades that have affected their entire way of doing business. Making utilities smarter has contributed to a greener environment, resulted in happier customers and, for some, has already provided lucrative returns on their multimillion-dollar smart grid investments."

‘Solar Super Bowl’ Highlights Importance of Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy World, Jan. 30, 2015, by Rhone Resch.
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2015/01/solar-super-bowl-highlights-importance-of-renewable-energy

"For the fourth time in just three years, a major professional sports championship will be decided on Sunday by teams which have invested significantly in clean, dependable solar energy, according to a new, first-of-its-kind analysis released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)."

SRP Will Provide Free Wind Energy to Super Bowl

AZCentral News, Jan. 14, 2015, by Ryan Randazzo.
http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/super-bowl/2015/01/13/srp-providing-free-solar-super-bowl/21714831/

"Salt River Project will light the Feb. 1 Super Bowl in metro Phoenix with electricity from wind power."

LED Lighting Makes Pro, Trains For Super Bowl Debut

Forbes, Jan. 27, 2015, by Heather Clancy.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/heatherclancy/2015/01/27/led-lighting-makes-pro-trains-for-super-bowl-debut/

"This year’s Super Bowl will the first played under energy-sipping LED lights. The University of Phoenix Stadium, host to the Feb. 1 game, uses 312 fixtures made by Ephesus Lighting, which specializes in technology for fields, arenas and the like. The lights replaced 780 metal halide fixtures."

NEEA Releases 2014 Industrial Facilities Site Assessment Final Report

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Press Release, Dec. 30, 2014.
http://neea.org/resource-center/regional-data-resources/industrial-facilities-site-assessment

"As a first study of its kind in the Northwest, the IFSA provides a comprehensive and regionally representative account of energy usage characteristics in Northwest industrial facilities and a comprehensive analysis of the levels, use and management of industrial energy."

Why Utilities Across the Nation Are Embracing Community Solar

Utility Dive, Jan. 22, 2015, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/why-utilities-across-the-nation-are-embracing-community-solar/354164/

"The shared renewables movement is catching on from coast to coast."

5 Ways to Maximize Your Economizer Efficiency

Buildings, Jan. 2015, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18381/title/5-ways-to-maximize-your-economizer-efficiency.aspx

"Is your air conditioning bill running wild? Get your utility costs under control by adding an air-side economizer. This device draws in outside air as a form of free cooling. While the potential for savings is significant, facility managers can lose all of an economizer’s benefits if they fail to specify the right features and neglect maintenance. Follow these tips to lock in your economizer’s potential."

NREL's CelA Catalyzes Plant Cell Walls Faster

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Newsroom, Jan. 12, 2015.
http://www.nrel.gov/news/features/feature_detail.cfm/feature_id=15445

"Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed an enzyme that could change the economics of biofuel conversion by converting biomass to sugars up to 14 times faster and much cheaper than competing catalysts in enzyme cocktails today."

Amazon Will Support 150 MW Indiana Wind Farm to Power the Cloud

Utility Dive, Jan. 22, 2015, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/amazon-will-support-150-mw-indiana-wind-farm-to-power-the-cloud/355279/

"In November 2014, AWS [Amazon Web Services] shared a long-term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for its global infrastructure footprint. The company called the power purchase agreement (PPA) backing the Fowler Ridge facility 'an important step toward that goal'."

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