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Articles for December 09, 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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Cold Flow Treatment: FAME, HVO & Diesel Blends” was co-authored by Werner A. Reimann and Bettina A. Siggelkow, both of Clariant OMS; it was published in the November/December 2013 issue of Biodiesel Magazine. This is a review of the evolving specifications for diesel fuel and its additives driven mainly by interest in carbon reductions and increased renewables.


FERC Revises Small Generator Rules to Include Energy Storage,” by Sonal Patel, was carried in the November 2013 issue of Power. On November 22, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an amendment to an earlier FERC Order to permit energy storage projects to be grid-connected. FERC Revises Small Generator Rules to Include Energy Storage FERC Revises Small Generator Rules to Include Energy Storage FERC Revises Small Generator Rules to Include Energy Storage

The following two, November 2013 fact sheets are from the Office of Indian Energy (OIE) at the U.S. Department of Energy; they each discuss an aspect of how to develop tribal energy projects:

  1. Understanding Market Context Vital to Renewable Energy Project Success” describes steps one and two, Evaluating Project Potential and Options, and provides a good deal of valuable information about both.
  2. Project Refinement Identifies and Addresses Outstanding Project Risks” focuses on step three in the process, Selecting the Technology and Refining the Project. Case studies show how the Campo Band of the Kumeyaay Nation in California and the Organized Village of Kake in Alaska approached this step.


A number of articles have appeared in the past few months on the rejection of contaminated recyclables shipped to China from Europe and North America; the following are examples of such articles. The first provides some context for the new enforcement of old regulations while the others look at the issue from some different and helpful perspectives:

  1. China’s Green Fence Gambit” (free login required to view article) by Alan Gerlat, News Editor, Waste 360, was published in the October 2013 issue of that journal. China’s long-standing regulations against imports of contaminated recyclables are now being enforced. This may have important effects on countries who export their recyclables to China on a large scale. The United States, for example exports 68% of its collected recyclables (including those that are curbside collected) to China. The article explains what some of the contamination is and how it might affect the collection practices of the importing countries.
  2. What Does China’s Green Fence Mean for the Recycling Industry?,” by Valerie Androutsopoulos, was published April 30th, 2013, on a Vangel blog. It includes a link to “China Doesn’t Even Want to Buy Our Garbage Anymore,” a May 9, 2013, post by Brad Plumer on a Washington Post blog.
  3. China Rejects Recyclables,” by Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling, was published in the November issue of that journal’s Newsletter. It briefly reports on the rejection of contaminated recyclables from the UK.

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    Designing and Deploying Carport-Mounted PV Systems,” by David Brearley, was published in the December/January 2014 issue of SolarPro. Sometimes the top of a carport is the best option for a serviceable solar array on commercial or industrial properties. The author discusses, in a largely Q&A format, a number of related issues: the market value of carport-mounted systems – it differs from region to region – and their design and deployment.

    The following two articles were published in the November 2013 issue of Solar Industry:

    1. Developing Municipal Solar Projects Requires a Deft Political Hand” was authored by Michael Puttré, Editor, Solar Industry. It discusses municipal projects from the point of view of their developers and contrasts how these projects differ from those developed for the private sector.
    2. Tracking Systems Boost Eco-Efficiency” was jointly written by Parikhit Sinha and Scott Dailey, both of First Solar Inc. PV systems with solar tracking produce more energy without increasing their environmental impact.


    University Of California, San Diego Skysweeper” is an interesting snippet in the December 2013 issue of Popular Science about a new invention that may revolutionize power line maintenance.

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