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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.

 


Report: Utility Spending on Energy Efficiency Soars as Supportive State Policies Are Expanded

Power Magazine, Dec. 2014, by Sonal Patel.
http://www.powermag.com/report-utility-spending-on-energy-efficiency-soars-as-supportive-state-policies-are-expanded/

"Electric utility spending and budgets for customer-funded energy efficiency programs have seen a 30% boost compared to 2010 levels and could double by 2025, thanks to expanding state policies, an updated report from the Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI) suggests."

Energy Codes for Ultra-Low-Energy Buildings: A Critical Pathway to Zero Net Energy Buildings

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Dec. 2014, by Jennifer Thorne Amann.
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/a1403.pdf

"A zero net energy (ZNE) building is a home or commercial building that on average produces as much energy as it uses, achieved through energy efficiency and renewable technologies.  Building energy codes can help us transition to ZNE construction for new residential and commercial buildings by 2030. We will need to expand the scope of codes to capture all building energy uses, address whole building systems instead of focusing on individual components, and shift our focus from building design to actual building energy use by adopting outcome-based codes."


'Storage is Here': Solar-Plus-Storage Market will Surpass $1B by 2018

Utility Dive, Dec. 17, 2014, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/storage-is-here-solar-plus-storage-market-will-surpass-1b-by-2018/345117/

"10% of new commercial solar customers will pair their installations with storage by 2018, according to research published Thursday morning by GTM Research. Spurred by falling battery prices, the solar-plus-storage market will surpass $1 billion that year, but analysts warn that there are potential challenges ahead."

German PV Recycling Law Likely to Set a Global Standard

Solar Industry, Nov. 2014, by Oliver Friedrichs.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1411/FEAT_02_German-PV-Recycling-Law-Likely-To-Set-A-Global-Standard.html

"Requirements aimed at recovering end-of-life PV [photovoltaic] products are intended to make a green industry even greener."

EPA Offers Advice For Combined Heat And Power With Biogas Engines And Turbines

Treatment Plant Operator, Nov. 2014, by Ted J. Rulseh.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2014/11/epa_offers_advice_for
_combined_heat_and_power_with_biogas_engines_and_turbi


"As clean-water plants increasingly look to save energy and maximize energy production, the U.S. EPA offers assistance on combined heat and power."

6 Considerations for Wind

Buildings Magazine, Nov. 2014, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18127/title/6-considerations-for-wind.aspx

"Learn about the breezy benefits of this renewable power source. You don’t need gale-force winds to invest in a turbine. This form of renewable energy is breezing its way onto schools, hotels, office parks, and college campuses. As long as you have available land and an eye for a long-range payback, wind can help you secure clean energy in your own backyard."

Energy-efficient Design with Masonry Construction

The Construction Specifier, Nov. 2014, by Richard Filloramo.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/energy-efficient-design-with-masonry-construction/

"Masonry materials and wall assemblies, with their inherent thermal mass characteristics, provide designers with many options to achieve efficient designs. Architects and engineers have to make new decisions to reduce their projects’ energy consumption, requiring close collaboration and coordination with building and energy codes, along with construction documents."

IRP vs. EERS: There’s One Clear Winner Among State Energy Efficiency Policies

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Blog, Dec. 16, 2014, by Martin Kushler.
http://aceee.org/blog/2014/12/irp-vs-eers-there-s-one-clear-winner-

"With Ohio and Indiana having recently made major changes to their utility energy efficiency policy, and other states like Florida and Arizona considering it, this is an important time to review the evidence about the relative effectiveness of state policies designed to encourage cost-effective energy efficiency."

CA Clean Energy Loan Program Grew 10 Times Bigger in 2014

Utility Dive, Dec. 17, 2014, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/ca-clean-energy-loan-program-grew-10-times-bigger-in-2014/345321/

"California’s programs to fund energy efficiency retrofits and distributed generation installations for homes and businesses backed about $600 million in projects in 2014, up from about $60 million in 2013, Greentech Media reports. About 75% of the funding went to energy efficiency and 25% to distributed generation."

How Turbine Controls Impact Wake Behavior

North American Windpower, Nov. 2014, by Brian Hirth & John Schroeder.
http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW1411/FEAT_04_How-Turbine-Controls-Impact-Wake-Behavior.html

"Turbine-to-turbine wake interaction has been widely accepted as a significant contributor to the underperformance and reduced reliability of modern wind plants....The use of scanning remote sensing technologies to measure wind plant complex flows provides the opportunity to construct real-time, comprehensive wind maps that could serve as an input into the next generation of individual turbine and wind plant control schemes."

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