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Energy Newsbriefs

Articles for January 21, 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 two articles on financing for biomass were published in the November 2012 issue of Biomass Magazine:

  1. "Meet the Biobanker" was written by Luke Geiver, Features Editor, Biomass Magazine. It offers a look at the financing side of bioenergy by focusing on an individual banker who floated the idea of bond-based financing for the industry in 2002. The idea has come to be used as the financial model for a good part of bioenergy developers.
  2. "Navigating the Valley of Death" is an interview with Chris Groobey, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati by Tim Portz, Vice President of Content for BBI International and the Executive Editor of Ethanol Producer Magazine, Biodiesel Magazine, and Biomass Magazine. Mr. Groobey works in that most difficult of places, where innovations die rather than come to market because venture capital for their commercialization is not secured.


The following five case studies of building projects – four of which are in San Francisco with one in nearby Los Altos – were published in the November + December 2012 issue of GreenSource; the first four are case studies of just completed projects, the fifth is a "revisit" – a look at how a building, in operation for one or more years, is doing as compared with design projections:

  1. "Flexible Urbanism: Proxy," by Sara Hart, is a case study of ProxySF, which is described as "two blocks of architectural impermanence" for the Hayes Valley neighborhood. Slated to last three years, it is comprised of portable pods that are remodeled shipping containers. ProxySF features changing venues that are suited to the neighborhood.
  2. "Giving Green," by Asad Syrkett, describes the new headquarters in Los Altos for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. It was designed to be a net-zero energy facility that would achieve LEED-Platinum certification. In addition to some of the standard methods to control energy consumption, engineers for this project attended to plug loads in a very successful search for energy savings.
  3. "Reframing Sustainability" by Joann Gonchar, AIA, is a case study of the new headquarters of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Visual art takes center stage in announcing the sustainability of the building it enhances.
  4. "Second Chances" by Alanna Malone, showcases the Richardson Apartments in San Francisco's Hays Valley. The energy-efficient building provides a home, with social services, to the formerly homeless, and incorporates retail businesses on the ground floor.
  5. "Double Platinum" by Nadav Malin, revisits and re-evaluates the 400,000-square-foot building that houses the LEED-Platinum California Academy of Sciences located in Golden Gate Park. The article explains that the LEED designation did not take into consideration the high energy use from the building's process loads. These loads were later reduced in order to improve facility's energy performance. Following that, a LEED-EBOM-designation, which does count energy used for process loads, was applied for and achieved.


The following two articles appeared in the November/December 2012 issue of Distributed Energy:

  1. "Audits and Adaptation," by Paul Hull, is a four-web-page article. Ultimately, this is a discussion of energy management systems in the onsite-energy environment. However, the article begins by defining audits, using both a general three-level type and an ASHRAE-developed three-level guideline. In both cases, each of the three levels are explained so the facilities manager can decide which of them might be suitable for the facility in question. The audit discussion sets the stage for the author's focus on energy management systems.
  2. "Sound, Emissions, Fuel: Covered," by Carol Brzozowski, is a four-web-page article that shows how Cornell University is tackling the problem of satisfying load growth needs while minimizing its greenhouse gas footprint. The careful consideration of what the university required and what it did not need determined how best to provide heat and power onsite.


"Energy Information: Five Ways to Target Energy Waste" was published in the December 2012 issue of Building Operating Management. It consists of a five-part article by Karen Kroll, Contributing Editor at Building Operating Management, and a Part 6 sidebar by Charles G. Goulding, Energy Tax Savers:



"Using Natural Gas for Temporary Power" published in the November 2012 issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer, was written by Roger Wood, Director of Business Development, and Edmund Campion, director of research and development; both of APR Energy. This is a discussion of the advantages of natural gas over diesel in generators used for emergency and other temporary power applications.


"Showcase: Water Efficiency" was written by H.W. (Bill) Hoffman, Principal, H.W. (Bill) Hoffman and Associates, LLC, and Senior Technical Advisor, Water Management, Inc.; it was published in the December 2012 issue of Building Operating Management. The article covers why it is more pressing than ever to save water and how to accomplish real efficiencies:



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