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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.

 


2013 Peer Review Report [DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office]

U.S. Department of Energy, Bioenergy Technologies Office, Feb. 2014.
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/bioenergy/pdfs/2013_peer_review.pdf


Reports on the results of a comprehensive external review of the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office's research, development, demonstration, and deployment portfolio. The review was "designed to provide an external assessment of the projects in BETO's portfolio and collect external stakeholder recommendations on the overall scope, focus, and strategic direction of the Office. Results from the peer review process are used to inform programmatic decision making; to enhance active project management; and to modify, expand, or discontinue existing projects."

The key technology areas reviewed were: 1) Algae; 2) Analysis and Sustainability; 3) Biochemical Conversion; 4) Biodiesel; 5) Bio-Oil; 6) Feedstock Production and Logistics; 7) Gasification; 8) Heat and Power; and 9) Integrated Biorefineries.

The Effectiveness of State-Level Policies on Solar Market Development in Different State Contexts

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Technical Report, NREL/TP-7A40-61029, Feb. 2014.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy14osti/61029.pdf

"In response to public interest in customer-sited distributed solar photovoltaics (PV), state and local policymakers have implemented policy initiatives with the goal of encouraging private investment and building a robust PV market. Policymakers face challenges, including limited budgets and incomplete information about the effectiveness of the various policy options in their specific situation and in crafting and executing policy that supports market development goals.

This paper builds on [earlier] research to determine the most effective policy strategies for different types of states, as determined by their physical, demographic and macroeconomic context." 


Lighting Controls: Not Your Father's Lighting Controls

Building Operating Management, Feb. 2014, by Steven Mesh.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/lighting/article/Advanced-Lighting-Controls-Offer-Better-Control-More-Energy-Savings--14717

A 5-part article:
Pt. 1 - Advanced Lighting Controls Offer Better Control, More Energy Savings
Pt. 2 - Commissioning Advanced Lighting Controls Is Critical To Maximizing Their Benefits
Pt. 3 - Advanced Lighting Controls Offer Greater Automated Load Shedding Capability
Pt. 4 - What To Keep In Mind When Considering Advanced Lighting Controls
Pt. 5 - How Facility Managers Can Implement Advanced Lighting Control Systems

Testing and Screening Energy Efficiency Programs

State & Local Energy Report, Winter 2014, by Robin LeBaron and Kara Saul-Rinaldi.
http://stateenergyreport.com/2014/02/05/testing-and-screening-energy-efficiency-programs/

"Cost-effectiveness testing is crucial to the future of energy efficiency programs. Commissions and utilities use cost-effectiveness tests to make decisions about which energy efficiency and other demand-side programs to fund. If a new energy efficiency program doesn’t pass the tests, it may never be created. And in some states, programs are being constrained or even eliminated as a result of these tests.

The National Home Performance Council (NHPC) is proposing a solution in the form of a new framework for the tests. The Resource Value Framework (RVF) proposes a number of strategies for ensuring that the tests provide decision makers with accurate information. They include a worksheet to promote transparency and balance in test inputs, alignment of the tests with existing state policies, and use of best practices
."

A New Approach to Evaluating Societal Energy Solutions (Part 2)

EDC (Environmental Design & Construction): The Official Magazine for the LEED Professional, Feb. 2014, by Daniel H. Nall.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95444-a-new-approach-to-evaluating-societal-energy-solutions-part-2

"This is the second of a two-part article discussing the global 'energy problem,' which is not a single issue but, rather, an interconnected web of problems that have significant impact on the global environment and economy."

Part 1 is in the Jan. 2014 issue of EDC - http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95409

Knowledge is Power: Understanding Changes in Utility Incentive Programs

Building Operating Management, Feb. 2014, by Loren Snyder.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Facility-Managers-Need-To-Understand-Changing-Market-To-Maximize-Utility-Incentives-and-Rebates--14701

A 3-part article:
Pt. 1 - Facility Managers Need to Understand Changing Market to Maximize Utility Incentives and Rebates
Pt. 2 - Trend in Utility Incentive Programs is Toward More Monitoring, Proof of Performance
Pt. 3-Utility Incentive Programs Will Require Stricter Monitoring, Offer Greater Benefits

Out of Balance: The Law of Unintended Consequences is Already Affecting Power Markets in Europe....

Electric Perspectives [Edison Electric Institute], Jan./Feb. 2014, by Jeffrey Altman.
http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?i=190902&p=30

"The law of unintended consequences is already affecting power markets in Europe and offers valuable lessons for power markets in the rest of the world. Over the last decade, various well-meaning governments and regulators across have created short-sighted renewable energy policies without fully assessing the implications of their actions."

Extend Service Life for a Sustainable Roof

Buildings, Feb. 2014, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/16851/title/extend-service-life-for-a-sustainable-roof.aspx

"An existing roof doesn’t need solar panels, vegetation, or a certain membrane color to be environmentally friendly. A truly sustainable roof has the best possible performance for the longest period of time."

Baltimore Ravens Stadium Scores LEED [Gold] Points

Interiors & Sources, Jan. 2014.
http://www.interiorsandsources.com/article-details/articleid/16862/title/baltimore-ravens-stadium-scores-leed-points.aspx

"The Baltimore Ravens might as well have just won the Sustainability Bowl. In partnership with the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA), the organization has earned a LEED-EB Gold certification for M&T Bank Stadium."

Residential [HVAC] Regulations to Watch in 2014: DOE and EPA Expected to Continue High Level of Activity

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, Feb. 10, 2014, by Kimberly Schwartz.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/125757-residential-regulations-to-watch-in-2014

"According to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued 86 rules regulating the HVAC industry in the past 13 years. And that’s just the DOE. Other federal agencies and various levels of government are making rules that impact the HVAC sector, and industry experts are paying close attention to what may lie ahead in 2014."

 
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