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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.

 


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'."

Selling Into the Sun: Price Premium Analysis of a Multi-State Dataset of Solar Homes

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Jan. 2015.
http://emp.lbl.gov/publications/selling-sun-price-premium

"Capturing the value that solar photovoltaic (PV) systems may add to home sales transactions is increasingly important. Our study enhances the PV-home-valuation literature by more than doubling the number of PV home sales analyzed (22,822 homes in total, 3,951 of which are PV) and examining transactions in eight states that span the years 2002–2013. We find that home buyers are consistently willing to pay PV home premiums across various states, housing and PV markets, and home types."

Question Everything When Replacing Commercial Boilers

Engineered Systems, Jan. 2015, by Ray Wohlfarth.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96929-question-everything-when-replacing-commercial-boilers

"Although the majority of the boilers have been installed properly, there have been many that were not. Those boilers that were not installed correctly would have been very costly to fix had we not seen the issues prior to installing the new ones. Any issues with the heating system become your issues once the new boiler is installed."

Commissioning Lighting Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Dec. 2014, by Michael Crow.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/commissioning-lighting-systems/362af61c61d40f6f4c5af289cdaff515.html

"The complexity of lighting design has made commissioning of lighting controls an essential part of projects. Commissioning for the most part is voluntary; however, if an owner is contemplating U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification or if ASHRAE 90.1-2010 compliance is required, commissioning is mandatory."

Tree-Shaped Wind Turbines Blend Into the Scenery

Discovery News, Dec. 2014, by Tracy Staedter.
http://news.discovery.com/tech/alternative-power-sources/tree-shaped-wind-turbines-blend-into-the-scenery-141230.htm

"Seventy-two artificial leaves that work as micro-turbines adorn the branches and spin silently on a vertical axis. Cables and generators have been integrated into the leaves and branches in a way that puts them out of sight and sound. The beautiful and functional device is the brainchild of French entrepreneur Jérôme Michaud-Larivière, who said the idea for a tree-inspired wind generator came to him one day while sitting in a square, watching the leaves on nearby trees tremble in a breeze. He wondered if energy could be generated in a similar way."


Gaming Consoles Deliver Excitement, Value for the Energy Buck

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Dec. 2014, by Clay C. Perry.
http://www.epri.com/Press-Releases/Pages/Gaming-Consoles-Deliver-Excitement,-Value-for-the-Energy-Buck.aspx

"An EPRI research team compared the energy consumption of the Microsoft Xbox One, Sony PlayStation®4 (PS4), and the Nintendo Wii U consoles while running the popular game Call of Duty®: Ghosts. In a head-to-head, hour-long test – the Wii U consumed 30 watt-hours (Wh) of electricity. Xbox One measured in at 105 Wh, and PS4 weighed in at 124 Wh."

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Used for Energy Storage Products

Energy Harvesting Journal, Dec. 2014.
http://www.energyharvestingjournal.com/articles/7140/atmospheric-carbon-dioxide-used-for-energy-storage-products

"Chemists and engineers at Oregon State University (OSU) have discovered a fascinating new way to take some of the atmospheric carbon dioxide that's causing the greenhouse effect and use it to make an advanced, high-value material for use in energy storage products."

Doubling Energy Productivity by 2030

Engineered Systems, Jan. 2015, by John Galyen.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96921-doubling-energy-productivity-by-2030

"While energy efficiency remains at the forefront of trends impacting the HVACR industry, it’s not only efficiency that the industry — and country — needs to be thinking about. We also need to address energy productivity: increasing GDP while reducing energy use."

EIA is Proposing a New Survey Form—the EIA-63C, Densified Biomass Fuel Report

Energy Information Administration, Dec. 31, 2014.
http://www.eia.gov/survey/form/eia_63c/proposed/

"Form EIA-63C will gather information on pellet fuel and other densified biomass fuel production, sales, and inventory levels by operators of U.S. pellet fuel manufacturing facilities. The data collected will be used to estimate densified biomass fuel consumption in the United States, as well as production, sales, and inventory at state, regional, and national levels. Comments are due by 03/02/2015."

NEEA's New Commercial Building Stock Assessment (CBSA)

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), Dec. 2014.
http://neea.org/resource-center/regional-data-resources/commercial-building-stock-assessment

"CBSA is a comprehensive assessment of energy efficiency that provides critical information about energy use in the Northwest’s commercial buildings. The CBSA database includes more than 250 variables for each site including building type and functional use, building size, detailed information about building envelope, fenestration, lighting and HVAC equipment."

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