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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.

 


Selecting a Boiler for Heating, Process Loads

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Apr. 2015, by Bradley A. Pankow.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/selecting-a-boiler-for-heating-process-loads/346ed587852de8e21b053c91f7ec85d5.html

"Boilers for heating and domestic hot water systems are used in many nonresidential buildings and across educational, hospital, and industrial campuses. This article reviews the codes and standards that regulate boiler system specification and design, plus energy efficiency and efficacy of these boiler systems."

Integration: Lighting and HVAC systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, April 2015, by Chris Rush.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/integration-lighting-and-hvac-systems/74d81a6dede2cff0f4dd8a689c13ad76.html

"By considering the first principles of radiative energy, engineers can determine how to balance daylight, electric light, and HVAC systems, particularly considering various options for daylight control and the advent of LEDs."

Bioenergy & Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps

Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), April 2015.
http://bioenfapesp.org/scopebioenergy/index.php

"Led by researchers from the Sao Paulo Research Foundation, the SCOPE report is the collective effort of 137 experts from 82 institutions and 24 countries to document and analyze impacts, benefits, and constraints related to the global expansion of bioenergy. Contributors include several BETO-funded scientists from Argonne National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory."

The Total Cost of Saving Electricity through Utility Customer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs: Estimates at the National, State, Sector and Program Level

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Electricity Markets & Policy Group, Technical Brief, Apr. 2015, by Ian M. Hoffman and others.
http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/total-cost-of-saved-energy.pdf

"Based on several hundred regulatory filings, researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have determined the total cost of saving electricity through efficiency programs: $0.046 per kilowatt-hour. That value is the average for 20 states in the period 2009 to 2013 and compares favorably with supply-side alternatives and retail rates."

Energy Efficient Electric Steelmaking

Steel Times International, Apr. 2015,(page 51), by Alessandro Foresti and Daniele Archetti.
http://issuu.com/quartzmetals/docs/steel_times_international_april_201_674168df088c26/51

"Organic Rankine Cycle-based waste heat recovery systems for electric steelmaking are currently few and far between, but a recently installed system in Riesa, Germany and another underway in Brescia, Italy, could bring greater energy efficiency and has opened the way for similar applications."

Transforming U.S. Energy Infrastructures in a Time of Rapid Change: The First Installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review

U.S. Department of Energy, April 2015.
http://energy.gov/epsa/quadrennial-energy-review-qer

"On January 9, 2014, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the administration to conduct a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). As described in the President’s Climate Action Plan, this first-ever review focuses on energy infrastructure and identifies the threats, risks, and opportunities for U.S. energy and climate security, enabling the federal government to translate policy goals into a set of integrated actions."

The first installment was released in April 2015 and links to the full report are available.

First Energy Efficiency Legislation Passed by New Congress

RESNET News, April 30, 2015, by Laurel Elam.
http://www.resnet.us/blog/first-energy-efficiency-legislation-passed-by-new-congress/

"On April 21, 2015, Congress passed S 535, “The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015”.  The legislation was sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jean Shaheen (D-NH). "The modest energy efficiency legislation includes three provisions drawn from a larger efficiency bill sponsored by the two Senators:
  • Promotion of commercial building energy-use benchmarking and disclosure
  • Establishment of a voluntary “Tenant Star” program to promote energy efficiency in rental property that would certify and recognize commercial building tenants for achieving high levels of energy efficiency
  • Adjustment of efficiency standards for “grid-connected” water heaters, so that water heaters needed for demand response and thermal storage programs can continue to be sold"

NREL Report Estimates Market Potential of Shared Solar and Discusses Relevant Securities Regulations

NREL News Release, Apr. 27, 2015.
http://www.nrel.gov/news/press/2015/16496.html

"Analysis from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) finds that by making shared solar programs available to households and businesses that currently cannot host on-site photovoltaic (PV) systems shared solar could represent 32 to 49 percent of the distributed photovoltaic market in 2020."

The State and Utility Pollution Reduction (SUPR) Calculator

ACEEE, Research Report #E1501, Apr. 2015, by Rachel Young and Sara Hayes. (Requires free registration to access the User Guide and/or the SUPR Calculator.)
http://aceee.org/state-and-utility-pollution-reduction-supr

"EPA’s Clean Power Plan allows states to pick from many pollution-reducing technologies and policies—including energy efficiency—when designing their compliance plans. What are the costs and emissions benefits of these various compliance options? ACEEE has developed the State and Utility Pollution Reduction (SUPR) calculator to help states find the answers. Users can choose from 19 policies and technologies to build their state's compliance scenario, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, nuclear power, emissions control, and natural gas. SUPR shows them how much the scenario will cost and what they will get for that investment."

Portland City Council Approves Energy Performance Reporting for Commercial Buildings

City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Apr. 22, 2015.
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/527323

"On Earth Day, Portland City Council voted unanimously to approve a new policy that will require owners of commercial buildings over 20,000 square feet to track energy use and report it on an annual basis. The policy will cover nearly 80 percent of the commercial square footage and affect approximately 1,000 buildings."

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