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Articles for September 23, 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 four articles were carried in the September 2013 issue of HPAC Heating/Piping/AirConditioning Engineering:

  1. Analyzing Building Energy Use” by Kenneth M. Elovitz, PE, with Energy Economics Inc., takes a careful look at how best to calculate heating and cooling loads.
  2. Building Measurement & Analytics” was written by Charles Rechtsteiner, Autodesk Inc. Autodesk set out to build its own new headquarters, expecting certain efficiencies that were not fully realized because of a number of unanticipated problems and issues. This is an excellent lessons-learned article that could prevent others from making the same miscalculations.
  3. Displacement Has Its Place” was authored by Mark Costello of Titus. He discusses those applications that are right for displaced ventilation, beginning with large, high-ceilinged, open spaces.
  4. Report: Advanced Occupancy Sensors Could Save Thousands in Energy Costs” was written by Scott Arnold, Executive Editor, HPAC Heating/Piping/AirConditioning Engineering. This article is about a 76-page, January 2013, report that was prepared by PNNL for DOE: “Energy Savings for Occupancy-Based Control (OBC) of Variable-Air-Volume (VAV) Systems


Surefire Strategy Saves Data Center Energy” was written by Jeff Schnitzer, General Manager, GE Critical Power; it was carried in the August 2013 issue of NEMA's electroindustry. While efforts to contain the energy use of data centers continue, so do demands on the centers that involve new energy requirements. The author suggests three ways to keep energy needs in check: more efficiencies, UPS heat reduction, and multimode technology.


Quality of Light and Overcoming Barriers to LED Adoption” was authored by Clifton Lemon, Marketing Communications Manager, Soraa. The article recounts the challenges to LED adoption that should be overcome as the technology matures.

POLICY – Water/Energy/Land

Implications of Future Energy Choices in the Energy-Water-Land Nexus,” by Robin L. Newmark, is a 19-page, 2012, NREL PowerPoint presentation from a World Renewable Energy Forum (WREF). It includes a large amount of valuable information on the issue.


"Fall and Winter Energy-Saving Tips" is a Web page from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office of the U.S. Department of Energy. The site is now offering many tips for energy savings for the cooler months.


"Improved Refractories = Energy Savings" was written by James G. Hemrick, Oakridge National Lab, and published in the September 2013 issue of the American Ceramics Society Bulletin. The author provides a history of the support for refractories research by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the outcomes of some of that research. Additionally, he believes that DOE’s interest in traditional manufacturing technologies has waned in favor of innovative ones.


The following two articles appeared in the September 2013 issue of EC&M (Electrical Design, Construction & Maintenance):

  1. "2014 Truck & Van Preview," by David Cullen and Sean Kilcarr, is a three-Web-page article. The authors write that increased fuel efficiency is the thread common to all the vehicles reviewed, regardless of weight.
  2. "EV Charging Systems," by Mike Holt, discusses, clearly and in some depth, the application of National Electrical Code requirements for the systems.

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