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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.

 


Pot Power: How Utilities and Regulators are Dealing with the Budding Marijuana Industry

Utility Dive, Nov. 13, 2015, by Gavin Bade.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/pot-power-how-utilities-and-regulators-are-dealing-with-the-budding-mariju/409172/

"Marijuana growing is becoming so mainstream — and is consuming so much energy — that electric utilities and their regulators from coast to coast are sitting up and taking notice."

Unpacking Data Center Loads

ASHRAE Journal, Oct. 2015, by Donald L. Beaty and David Quirk.
http://tinyurl.com/pa73xdb

"This column provides both data center novices and experts some sense for the impact hardware and software has on data center design. And, it highlights the importance of software's current and future full load profile in a data center."

Fact Sheet: Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2015)

Environmental and Energy Study Institute, Nov. 6, 2015.
http://www.eesi.org/papers/view/fact-sheet-jobs-in-renewable-energy-and-energy-efficiency-2015

"This fact sheet examines employment in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors in the United States and around the world."

8 Reasons Pumps Operate Off Their Curves

Flow Control, Oct. 30, 2015, by Randy Riddell.
http://www.flowcontrolnetwork.com/8-reasons-pump-maintenance-operate-off-their-curves/

"The plant is having process issues, and the culprit appears to be a process centrifugal pump. The area production manager has asked you to check the pump to see if it is operating on its curve. “Pump won’t pump, make pump pump,” he says. Sounds like a reasonable request. However, other questions need to be answered, such as: Where is the pump running on its curve? If it is not running on its curve, why?"

Gas-Fired DG Showdown: Microturbines, Fuel Cells, or Reciprocating Engines?

Power, Oct. 2015, by Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/gas-fired-dg-showdown-microturbines-fuel-cells-or-reciprocating-engines/

"If you’re looking to generate distributed power with gas, your options are broader than ever, with a range of efficient, clean-burning technologies to chose from. Knowing which option is the right one depends on a balance of site constraints, fuel supplies, and environmental oversight."

Outside-the-Box Renewable Energy Microturbines

Power, Oct. 2015, by Kennedy Maize.
http://www.powermag.com/outside-the-box-renewable-energy-microturbines/

"Rooftops with arrays of tiny wind-powered microturbines and hydro microturbines generating power as water flows through municipal drinking water systems or the outflow of municipal sewage treatment systems?  They’re real."

A New Way to Analyze Fan Systems for Optimal Performance, Cost Savings

HPAC Engineering, Oct. 2015, by Christian Radulescu and Gavin Kaleta.
http://hpac.com/iaq-ventilation/new-way-analyze-fan-systems-optimal-performance-cost-savings

"Introducing a method for selecting the right fan for a space, mitigating system effects, and pinpointing system losses."

Energy Upgrades: Delivering Results

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2015, by Desiree J. Hanford.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Energy-Upgrades-Begin-with-Careful-Planning-Knowledge-of-Equipment-and-Building-Design--16204

Article in 3-parts: Taking the right steps to ensure a successful energy upgrade.
1) Energy Upgrades Begin with Careful Planning, Knowledge of Equipment and Building Design
2) Role of Measurement and Verification in Energy Upgrade
3) Communication Is Key in Energy Upgrade


Drip Irrigation Helping CA Dairies Maximize Nutrients [and Save Water]

Manure Manager, Sep/Oct 2015.
http://www.agannex.com/sustainability/drip-irrigation-helping-ca-dairies-maximize-nutrients

"Enterprising dairy using drip irrigation of liquid manure to save water. DeJager Farms manager Nate Ray is confident that lessons learned the first year of applying liquid manure via drip tape to his forage crops have shown success is at hand."

Marijuana Grow Houses Trigger 7 Summer Outages for Pacific Power

Utility Dive, Nov. 6, 2015, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/marijuana-grow-houses-trigger-7-summer-outages-for-pacific-power/408741/

"Pacific Power is urging would-be home growers to consult with the utility before starting up their marijuana operations, same as they should any time a customer intends to significantly increase their power load."

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