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Energy Newsbriefs

Articles for April 8, 2013

ENERGY NEWSBRIEFS is a weekly current awareness service provided by the WSU Extension Energy Program Library and written by Angela Santamaria, WSU Energy Library Manager, to assist users in tracking developments in the energy field. To view past issues or to subscribe to receive an email notification of the publication of a new issue, go to the Energy Newsbriefs home.

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The following articles appeared in the March 2013 issue of Biomass Magazine:

  1. "A Biomass-Solar Hybrid Plant Begins Operations," by staff, briefly describes the 22.5 MW plant in Les Borges Blanques, Spain.
  2. "Boiler MACT Impacts Biomass Power" was authored by Brandon Bell, Principal Mechanical Engineer, KBR Power & Industrial. The author explains the effect of the EPA's Boiler MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) standards on permissible emissions.
  3. "New EPA Clean Air Act Regulations" was jointly written by Thomas Wood, J.D., and Kevin Johnson, J.D., both of Stoel Rives. The authors cover several regulations, including Boiler MACT.


"Taking Building Automation Back to the Basics" was authored by J. Christopher Larry, PE, CXA, CEM, CEP, CIPE, LEED AP, and Director of Energy Engineering at exp; it was published in the February 2013 issue of HPAC Heating/Piping/AirConditioning Engineering. While explaining the basics of building automation, the author covers common mistakes – why they should be avoided and how to do that.


"Overcoming Market Barriers and Using Market Forces to Advance Energy Efficiency" is the free, 137-page, ACEEE Research Report E136, published March 2013, and written by Shruti Vaidyanathan et al. The report cites the success of energy efficiency efforts in the United States, and notes that there is, still, a huge, untapped, energy-savings potential. Understanding the market barriers to efficiencies and the market forces that advance efficiencies and acting on that understanding is the way to realize the efficiency potential.


"Cool Tools: The Cream of the Crop from the Annual STAFDA [Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association] Show" is a three-Web-page article written by Bruce Greenlaw, Contributing Editor, JLC (The Journal of Light Construction); it was published in the February 2013 issue of that journal. Information about 26 products from the Show is included; each is described for its particular features, applications, and cost.


"Nest’s Smarter Home," by Tom Simonite, Senior IT Editor, MIT Technology Review, was published in the March-April 2013 issue of that journal. It tells how the user friendly and smart Nest, a programmable thermostat and more, was developed, and what else the developer has in mind for the home.


"Solar-Powered Livestock Watering Systems" (select the PDF-download option) is a 12-page publication, updated December 2012 by Chris Lent, NCAT Program Specialist. Solar power is ideal for pumping water to livestock that are far from conventional water sources. This is a technical paper that documents how solar pumping systems are designed and installed and for what costs; it also compares solar systems to those powered by other sources including wind and gas or propane.


"Clean Cities 2013 Vehicle Buyer's Guide" is a 36-page, February 2013, brochure from U.S. D.O.E.'s Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Office; it was written by Julie Sutor and George Mitchell, both of NREL. The Guide lists and describes models of vehicles running on various alternative fuels; this is a comprehensive list.


"Engaging as Partners: Introducing Utilities to the Energy Efficiency Needs of Multifamily Buildings and Their Owners" is a 36-page, March 2013, ACEEE (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) report; it was written by Ann McKibben, CNT Energy and is available with free registration. Those who pay the utility bills of multifamily buildings stand to save over nearly 15.5% on those bills if the best energy efficiency programs are put into practice nationwide. This report covers the design and implementation of appropriate and effective programs.

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