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Articles for March 18, 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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"Anaerobic Digestion on Swine Operations: Assessing Current Barriers and Future Opportunities" is a 40-page, January 2013, report from the Energy Center of Wisconsin; it was written by Joe Kramer, Energy Center of Wisconsin, and Amanda Bilek, Great Plains Institute. The barriers to biogas production on pig farms seem formidable, but, as the authors point out in this four-state study, the potential benefits are great. The report includes an Executive Summary (document-pages 5–7).

The following two articles appeared in the February 2013 issue of Biomass Magazine:

  1. "Enabling Efficient Exports," by Anna Simet, Contributions Editor, Biomass Magazine, shows the operation of a company's shipping facility in Virginia. The facility is a deep-water terminal from which fuel pellets, stored in large, specially-designed, domed tanks, are piped to ships for transport to Europe.
  2. "The Harvesting Life," by Luke Geiver, Features Editor, Biomass Magazine, focuses on the production of advanced biofuels which are made from lignocellulosic biomass. Advanced-biofuels provides new jobs, including some in buying and transporting corn cobs and stover.


The following three articles were published in the January-February 2013 issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer:

  1. "Green Is Gold, but May Be Risky," by Dan Knise, Ames & Gough, offers engineers guidance to avoid the worst and, instead, make the best of their involvement in the design of green buildings.
  2. "Engineers Should Focus on Integration" was authored by Anil Ahuja, PE, LEED AP, RCDD; and President, CCJM Engineers Ltd. The days of an engineer of one specialty developing designs independently of engineers in other specialties are over. BIM (building information modeling) is how more and more buildings are being designed, and BIM, by definition is an integrated building approach.
  3. "Specifying Pipe and Piping Materials" is a three-Web-page article written by Matt Dolan, PE, LEED AP BD+C; and of JBA Consulting Engineers. The discussion covers low- vs. high-rise piping, in several applications including HVAC, plumbing, and specialty piping.


"The Brewery Parking Structure: Performance of an LED Lighting System in a Parking Application" is a 30-page, January 28, 2013, final report from the Energy Center of Wisconsin (ECW); it was authored by Dan Cauley, Senior Research Engineer, and Andy Mendyk, Senior Researcher, both of the ECW. A two-year project included monitoring energy use (for lighting) and measuring ¬illuminance.

"Lighting: Getting Office Lighting Right" was written by Maryellen Lo Bosco, Contributing Editor for Building Operating Management, and published in the February 2013 issue of that journal. It is a four-part article on a number of important issues that have bearing on the lighting design of commercial interiors:

  1. Part 1: Office Lighting Design Must Have More Goals Than Just Energy Efficiency
  2. Part 2: Solve Lighting Quality Problems by Letting Space Guide Technology
  3. Part 3: Brightness and Variety Are Challenges to Office Lighting Quality
  4. Part 4: Avoiding Problems with Office Lighting Design

The following two articles appeared in the February 2013 issue of Buildings:

  1. "How Much Is Your Lighting Retrofit Worth?" is a case study of a lighting retrofit at the corporate headquarters of Medical Mutual of Ohio in Cleveland; it was written by Janelle Penny, Associate Editor, Buildings. The article includes a helpful set of equations for determining the cost effectiveness of any proposed lighting project.
  2. "Lighting Tune-Ups for Energy Savings" was written by staff. While ENERGY STAR's recommended tune-ups will be part of any retrocommissioning effort, facilities managers are encouraged to include them in their regular in-house maintenance, as well. In the article, reference is made to Section 5.4 Tune-up Opportunities in "Retrocommissioning" which is Chapter 5 of the larger work Building Upgrade Manual). The tune-up opportunities for lighting are covered under Section 5.4 where they are listed and well-described.

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