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Articles for June 24, 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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"Irrigation Demand Management", by Carol Brzozowski, is a seven-Web-page article published in the May 2013 issue of Water Efficiency. Demand side management can be employed to realize water efficiencies just as it has been used to reduce energy use. The challenges of and solutions to water shortages faced by Long Beach, Newport Beach, and San Diego (California), Valparaiso, (Indiana), and Cary (North Carolina) are related. There is, also, some discussion of "green codes" – water-efficiency codes for new buildings – and of retrofits for water efficiency. And the water-energy nexus is, also, touched upon in comments on bringing (pumping) water from where it is to where the populations that need it reside.


"Boston to Require Energy Disclosures: Multifamily and Commercial Buildings Will Be Affected," by Jennifer Goodman, was posted on the Ecobuilding Pulse website on May 9, 2013. Eight other U.S. cities have energy rating and disclosure laws: Austin, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.


The Pool Energy Use Calculator, provided by the Western Area Power Administration on its Energy Experts website, is described with links to more information and to the Calculator itself.


The following two articles appeared in the May 2013 issue of Public Power:

  1. "Coming of Age," by Jeanne LaBella, Senior Vice President, Publishing, Public Power, is an interesting article that traces the development and current activities of the Delaware Municipal Electric Corp. (DEMAC). DEMAC is a municipal joint action agency, formed after encouragement, at the national level, by the American Public Power Association.
  2. "Efficiency Smart: Reaching the Small Utility," by Brent Baker, Contributing Writer, Public Power, describes the effort of the American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) to engage small utilities in several states in efficiency efforts.


As with the Pool Energy Use Calculator, above, the Pumping System Efficiency Calculator is provided by the Western Area Power Administration on its Energy Experts website. The Calculator is described with links to more information and to the Calculator itself.


"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.


"Challenges for U.S. Utility-Scale Solar Will Drive International Shift" is a report on utility-scale solar by Matthew Feinstein, Lux Research; it was published in the May 2013 issue of Solar Industry. Distributed solar (residential and commercial) is growing in those countries where there is already a large amount of installed solar; this enables energy storage and avoids some added grid difficulties. In areas, however, where economies are expanding quickly, there is a need for utility-scaled (installed) solar. In the U.S., the author explains that for utility-scaled solar to be successful, U.S. companies must be able and willing to become global players.

The following two articles were published in the June/July 2013 issue of Solar Pro:

  1. "Designing for Value in Large-Scale PV Systems" was co-authored by Graham Evarts of Suntech Power, and Matthew LeDucq. The authors' focus is on system performance as necessary to the success of large-scale solar.
  2. "PV Generation and Its Effect on Utilities: Perspectives from the Other Side of the Meter" was jointly prepared by Dave Click and Bob Reedy, both of the Florida Solar Energy Center. This article describes future challenges to grid stability and power reliability, and how distributed power can be both a challenge and a solution to both.


"The Water-Energy Nexus" was co-authored by Angela R. Ruberto, Student Research Assistant, Juneseok Lee, Assistant Professor, and Adam Bayer, Facilities Director, all at San Jose State University; it was carried in the May 2013 issue of Water Efficiency. Water and energy use-data for several years show that they correlate, that is, a decrease in one goes hand-in-hand with a decrease in the other.

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