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Articles for August 05, 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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Integrate Windows to Achieve Energy Performance” was jointly written by Robert Bolin, PE and Kristopher Baker, PE, both of Syska Hennessy Group; it was published in the June 2013 issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer. The authors discuss myths about building façades for the commercial building and how they result in lost energy savings.

POLICY – Climate Change

"U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather" is an 83-page, July 2013, report from the Office of Policy and International Affairs at DOE (DOE-PI) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The report details how the energy sector is vulnerable to each of the major climate trends and describes adaptation strategies, which, in some cases, are already underway. The report includes an Executive Summary on document-page i (PDF-page 7).


The following three articles were published in the July 2013 issue of North American Windpower:

  1. "How Low Electricity Demand May Impact RPS Fulfillment" was written by Mark Del Franco, Editor, North American Windpower. The renewable portfolio standards of many states were developed without foreknowledge of a recession that would cause energy use to drop. Other states face different problems that result in their being unable to meet their RPS goals.
  2. "Post-FIT, Turbine OEMs Mull Ontario Future," by staff, discusses the problems ensuing from the provincial government's decision to end Ontario's four-year-old Feed-in-Tariff program. Some FIT wind projects, already in progress, are to continue to completion.
  3. "Why the ITC Matters For Offshore Wind" was authored by Constance McDaniel Wyman, Graduate Student, University of Texas at Austin. It describes the financial modeling developed to discover which financial incentive is more effective in encouraging offshore wind development: the investment tax credit or the production tax credit.


The following three articles were published in the July/August issue of Solar Today:

  1. "Explosive Growth" was authored by Larry Sherwood, President of Sherwood Associates, and Vice President of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. The author chronicles the impressive growth of solar installations in 2012.
  2. "Managing the Dark Side of Trees" was jointly written by K.K. DuVivier and Dan Staley and covers the art of establishing and maintaining solar access zones.
  3. "A Net-Zero-Energy Learning Lab in Upstate New York" was co-authored by Craig R. Clark, PE, Executive Director and Dean of the School of Applied Technology at Alfred State College; and by Dave Kostick, Sales, Solar Liberty. At this school, students build sustainable homes as part of their coursework; their latest effort is a net-zero energy home.


  1. "Torque vs. Tension: Is There a Clear Winner?" was written by Lisa Raynor-Keck, Communications, FASTORQ; it appeared in the July 2013 issue of Wind Systems. Bolt load can be achieved either with torque or tension. It is important to understand how each works, how to use each properly, and which better suits a given application.
  2. "Protecting The Ties That Bind In Wind Turbine Applications," by Sammy Germany, Market Development, Thomas & Betts; it was carried in the July 2013 issue of North American Windpower: UV-resistant polymers that remain undamaged by extreme cold are the appropriate cable to use to bind outdoor cables. The author explains why.

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