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Energy Newsbriefs

Articles for June 10, 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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"Distributed Zero-Energy?" by David Engle, is a four-Web-page article, published in the May 2013 issue of Distributed Energy. It describes many of the newer HVAC products which foster dramatic energy efficiencies, but cautions that building operators have to fully understand the advanced equipment they are maintaining and that vendors' promises of efficiencies to be gained must be quantified and verified.

The following two articles appeared in the May 2013 issue of HPAC Heating/Piping/AirConditioning Engineering:

  1. "Air Infiltration: The Hidden Energy Efficiency: Standards –- and Architects’ and Engineers’ Responsibilities –- Are Changing" was written by Nate Gillette, AIA, LEED AP, CEM, at Energy Finance Analytics LLC HPAC Engineering. The author explains how air infiltration can be harnessed to accomplish meaningful energy efficiency.
  2. "Guide to Selecting Control Valves," by Honeywell Inc. staff, helps the selector understand the application and how to best meet application requirements.


"Illuminated Savings," by Carol Brzozowski, is a six-Web-page article, published in the May 2013 issue of Distributed Energy. The author explains many of the complexities involved when an energy-efficiency lighting retrofit is in the offing and selections have to be made. The article addresses issues of importance for utilities and others that crop up in many commercial and industrial applications.

Three brief articles were published in the March/April 2013 issue of A∙L Architectural Lighting; the first two are on new technologies, all written by Blaine Brownell, the fourth article on residential LEDs was written by Wanda Lau:

  1. "Illuminating Concrete" includes an excellent photo of illuminated street-pavers. The pavers are embedded with phosphorescent crystals which store solar energy in the day and glow at night.
  2. "Scientists Create Warm-White LED" explains that a particular phosphor gives off a warm white light when the phosphor is lit by a blue LED chip.
  3. "Light Years Ahead" discusses the challenges and benefits of using LEDs to replace other lamps in the residential setting.


"The Enduring Technology of Coal" is a one-page offering from the May/June issue of MIT Technology Review; a brief paragraph accompanies illustrations showing the increases in the use of coal to generate power and how the increases have resulted in CO2 emissions that far exceed those from oil and natural gas.

"Ontario Goes Coal-Free in a Decade" is a three-Web-page article by Gail Reitenbach, Ph.D., Managing Editor of Power; it appeared in the May 2013 issue of that journal. The province has moved from 25% reliance on coal to less than 1% in a decade. It has accomplished this while retaining an installed power capacity that exceeds peak demand by relying on other generation, conservation, a smarter grid, and a governmental system that can offer generous feed-in-tariffs and a "crown corporation" approach to power generation.


The Air Conditioning Cost Calculator is provided by the Western Area Power Administration on its Energy Experts website.

As with the Air Conditioning Cost Calculator, above, the Heating System Cost Calculator is provided by the Western Area Power Administration on its Energy Experts website.

"Spring and Summer Energy-Saving Tips" is a Web page from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office of the U.S. Department of Energy. The site offers many tips for energy savings for the warmer months.


"Ultra-Efficient Solar Power" is one of "10 Breakthrough Technologies 2013" featured in the May/June issue of MIT Technology Review; the article about the nanotechnology was written by Mike Orcutt, Research Editor for that journal. A research team at Caltech is working on three solar devices which may convert as much as 50% of solar energy into electricity. One of them is illustrated for this article.

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