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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.

 


AMI-Based Load Research

Rural Electric Magazine, Aug. 2014, by Reed Karaim.
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nreca/re0814/index.php?startid=38

"Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) project proves value of smart meters in load analysis."

This is the 2nd in a series of articles on the $68 million Smart Grid Demonstration Project, a U.S. Department of Energy initiative undertaken by NRECA's Cooperative Research Network and 23 electric cooperatives. The 1st article, Testing the Smart Grid, is at https://remagazine.cooperative.com/About/PastIssues/Jul2014/Pages/CRN.aspx

Savings Everywhere [Wastewater Treatment]

Treatment Plant Operator, Aug. 2014, by Doug Day.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2014/08/savings_everywhere

"The Birch Bay Water and Sewer District team finds ways to save or extract energy from almost every aspect of facilities and operations."

Up With Efficiency [Wastewater Treatment Plants]

Treatment Plant Operator, Aug. 2014, by Trude Witham.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2014/08/up_with_efficiency

"Two advanced treatment plants in Florida make process and facility changes that save hundreds of thousands on electricity and chemicals."

Combined Heat and Power and Clean Distributed Energy Policies

American Council for and Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), July 2, 2014, by Anna Chittum and Neal Elliott. (Free registration required to view full-text of report.)
http://www.aceee.org/policy-brief/combined-heat-and-power-and-clean-distributed-energy-poli

"Combined heat and power (CHP) systems generate electricity and useful thermal energy in a single, integrated system. CHP is not a technology, but a particular way to deploy existing technologies. Heat that is normally wasted in conventional power generation is recovered as useful energy, so CHP systems are more efficient and provide environmental, economic, and energy system infrastructure benefits. However, several barriers impede cost-effective CHP applications, including lack of common interconnection protocols, discriminatory standby rates, and emissions regulations that do not recognize the improved efficiency levels of CHP systems."

Lowering Energy Use, Elevating Building Performance

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, July 2014, by Ruairi M. Barnwell and Premnath Sundharam.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/lowering-energy-use-elevating-building-performance/bec67c4c05c0036e1863d79cfd5398b4.html

"Net-zero energy buildings can be achieved with smart building design. Here are tips on how to design a high-performance building."

Efficient Building Water Use

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, July 2014, by Willa Kuh and Fred Betz.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/efficient-building-water-use/5c43e78511f4c18036dd0e018167ce82.html

"The escalating cost of providing potable water in the United States is creating new urgency for owners of commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings to respond with greater engineered water efficiency."

Legislation May Usher in a New Golden Age for U.S. Hydropower

Hydro Review, July 2014, by Luke Rose and Rebecca K. Blood.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-33/issue-6/articles/legislation-may-usher-in-a-new-golden-age-for-u-s-hydropower.html

"With its revival for fiscal year 2014, the Hydroelectric Production Incentives Program shows promise as a new federal revenue stream for hydro facilities."

Symphony of the Microgrid at an Urban University

BioCycle, July 2014, by Marsha W. Johnston.
http://www.biocycle.net/2014/07/16/symphony-of-the-microgrid-at-an-urban-university/

"The University of California San Diego’s microgrid produces 92 percent of its annual electricity load and 95 percent of its heating and cooling load. A fuel cell powered by directed biogas is a cornerstone of the operation."

Digested Dairy Manure to High-End Potting Soil

BioCycle, July 2014, by Nora Goldstein.
http://www.biocycle.net/2014/07/15/digested-dairy-manure-to-high-end-potting-soil/

"An anaerobic digester development company launched a bagged potting soil product to utilize digested dairy manure fibers and improve long-term success of facilities....when falling rates for renewable energy and the loss of the federal Investment Tax Credit grant hit at the same time."

4 Things to Consider Before Predictive Maintenance Programs

ThomasNet.com, July 30, 2014, by Paul Leavoy.
http://news.thomasnet.com/IMT/2014/07/30/4-things-to-consider-before-predictive-maintenance-programs/

"Industrial companies have realized that it pays to be sustainable, literally. It is not just a noble act; we want to do it because mitigating energy and water waste is mitigating costs and improving profit. Here, LNS Research describes how predictive maintenance equals to sustainable manufacturing."

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