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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.

 


Optimizing Facility Operations with Cogeneration Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Nov. 2016, by Cynthia A. Callaway.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/optimizing-facility-operations-with-cogeneration-systems/24f783746b2e9d47202376525bd3d1f4.html

"A cogeneration system is not a single technology, but an integrated energy system that can be modified depending upon the needs of the energy end user. This type of system burns natural gas to simultaneously produce electricity and heat (see Figure 2). The heat is recovered from the combustion system's exhaust stream and converted into useful thermal energy, in the form of steam or hot water, which is either used directly or fed into an absorption chiller to provide cooling."

9th Annual Northwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit Coming Soon

Northwest Food Processors Association, Dec. 2016.
http://bit.ly/2017NWIEES

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon.  "The 9th annual edition of the Summit will again feature a dynamic range of topics to provide inspiring ideas for attendees. Speakers will join from around the regional and across the country to share detailed and overarching strategies to implement energy efficiency in manufacturing sites."

"Emiciency": Rethinking How We Measure Efficiency

Rural Electric Magazine, Nov. 2016, by Keith Dennis, Ken Colburn, and Jim Lazar.
http://remagazine.coop/emiciency-rethinking-measuring-energy-efficiency/

"The nature of the electricity grid is changing dramatically, as are our nation’s environmental goals, so our policy thinking needs to change profoundly too. Mounting research suggests that aggressive electrification of energy end uses—such as space heating, water heating, and transportation—is needed if the United States and the world are to achieve ambitious emissions-reduction goals for carbon dioxide (CO2). This concept, the electrification of energy end uses that have been powered by fossil fuels (natural gas, propane, gasoline, diesel, or fuel oil) in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is called “environmentally beneficial electrification."

Energy Department Announces Universities to Lead Industrial Assessment Centers Program

U.S. Dept. of Energy, EERE, Dec. 14, 2016.
https://www.energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-announces-universities-lead-industrial-assessment-centers-program

"The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) today announced nearly $35 million, subject to appropriations, for 28 higher education institutions from 25 states across the country to set up and operate regional Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs)."

Big Opportunities for Small Business: Successful Practices of Utility Small Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs

ACEEE, Nov. 21, 2016, by Seth Nowack.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/u1607.pdf

"The great majority of gas and electric utility commercial customers are small businesses. Utility energy efficiency programs are beginning to tap the potential for energy and demand savings in the small business sector. In this report, we provide examples of successful practices and describe emerging approaches."

A Fuel Phase Transition: Converting Industrial Engines to Natural Gas

Distributed Energy, Nov/Dec 2016, by Daniel P. Duffy.
http://foresternetwork.com/distributed-energy-magazine/be-energy/fuel-cells/a-fuel-phase-transition/

"There is a quiet (and sometimes not so quiet) revolution taking place in the way America powers its motors, engines, and turbines. Industrial motors, traditionally powered by diesel and gasoline fuels, are transitioning to a new fuel source—natural gas."

Can the US Cut Its Energy Use In Half By 2050?

ACEEE Blog, Dec. 7, 2016, by Steven Nadel.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/12/can-us-cut-its-energy-use-half-2050

"Yes, but we will have to double down on our efforts....We also thought it would be useful to look at potential savings in terms of cost-effective efficiency policies in order to more clearly outline what needs to be done to reach this 2050 goal. So today we release a new white paper with the results of our new analysis. These energy savings are important, because they can save the nation billions in energy bills, create domestic jobs, protect the environment, and yield numerous other benefits."

Apartment Buildings Get on the Energy Efficiency Train

Energy Manager Today, Dec. 7, 2016, by Carl Weinschenk.
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/apartment-buildings-get-on-the-energy-efficiency-train-0128919/

"Efforts are underway to address residential building energy use. In October, the National Network of Business and Industry Association provided a grant to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council  (IREC) that enabled it and the NAAEI to launch a micro-credential program aimed at apartment technical staffs. The credential will be a step beyond Certification for Apartment Maintenance Technicians (CAMT). CAMT+E certification attests that the person is capable in planning, procuring and managing energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits in apartments. It is, the press release says, “the first in a series of stackable micro-credentials, which together will lead to a new Certificate for Maintenance Supervisors.”"

Portland Set To Pass Home Energy Score Requirement

Portland Business Journal, Dec. 8, 2016, by Pete Danko.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2016/12/08/portland-set-to-pass-home-energy-score-requirement.html

"The Portland City Council on Wednesday signaled that it’s ready to approve a measure that will require homeowners to get a home energy score before they put their house up for sale. The measure, promoted by Mayor Charlie Hales, is supported by energy-efficiency advocates and climate-change activists but fiercely opposed by the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors."

Trendy Solar Cells Hit New World Efficiency Record

University of New South Wales, Australia, Dec. 2, 2016, by Wilson Da Silva.
http://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/trendy-solar-cells-hit-new-world-efficiency-record

"They’re flexible, cheap to produce and simple to make – which is why perovskites are the hottest new material in solar cell design. And now, UNSW engineers have smashed the world efficiency record."

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