NEWSLETTER  |  May 24, 2013

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Register Today! Automating Field Data Collection for Utility Companies (05-22-2013)

GTIAlicia Farag, Infrastructure Sector Program Manager for GTI, will present on May 29, 2013 at 1:00pm ET on Automating Field Data Collection for Utility Companies through Mobile GIS, Tablet Computers, High Accuracy GPS, and Cloud Computing. This, the first presentation in the webinar series on Energy Applications and Cloud Computing, is now open to ASERTTI member organizations and affiliates for registration.

Save the Date! Oct 2-4, 2013 ASERTTI Fall Meeting (5-23-2013)

ASERTTIASERTTI’s Fall Meeting will be co-hosted by Advanced Energy at their Raleigh, NC headquarters. Presentations will focus on the integration of smart technologies across buildings, industry, vehicles, and the grid. A site visit to the FREEDM Center, a green grid demonstration lab, is also being planned.

ASERTTI Signs Coalition Letter Urging Immediate Action on Shaheen-Portman Bill (05-13-2013)

A large group of industry, non-profit, and public interest organizations, including ASERTTI, have submitted a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell asking for quick senate action on The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 761).

PNNL and BPA Release Report on Compressed Air Energy Storage for Wind Power (05-20-2013)

PNNLThe Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, with the Bonneville Power Administration, completed a study on storing compressed air created from wind energy. The report finds that underground rock in the Northwest could store enough compressed air to power 85,000 homes per month.

NEEA Works With AgGateway Members on Agricultural Irrigation Energy Efficiency (05-22-2013)

NEEANEEA is collaborating with members of AgGateway for the Precision Agriculture Irrigation Leadership (PAIL) Project, designed to create common data standards in irrigation data that can inform prescriptive programs. The effort has already received commitments of participation from 17 companies.

RPI Awarded $1.8 Million to Increase Efficiency of Supercomputing Center (05-14-2013)

NYSERDANYSERDA has awarded Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) $1.8 million to upgrade power and cooling infrastructure at its supercomputing center, which will result in $1 million per year energy costs savings.

Connecticut Selects NORESCO as Qualified Energy Service Provider (05-15-2013)

ConnecticutNORESCO has been selected by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as a qualified Energy Service Provider for the state’s standardized energy savings performance contracting program, part of their Lead by Example initiative. The initiative strives to make Connecticut the most energy efficient state in the country, reducing energy use in buildings by 20% by 2018.

DRI Receives National Science Foundation Award (05-13-2013)

DRIThe Desert Research Institute has been awarded a $20 million, five-year grant for participation in NSF’s Solar Energy-Water-Environment Nexus project in Nevada. DRI will be leading research on the impacts of solar energy generation in arid desert climates.

NEEA Report Finds Washington State is Leading Energy Code Compliance (05-08-2013)

NEEANEEA, with the Washington State Department of Commerce, release a report that reviewed residential energy code compliance. The study found that the state of Washington leads the country in energy code compliance with a 96%-97% code compliance rate within residential construction.

National News

Senate Confirms Moniz as Energy Secretary (05-16-2013)

On May 16, 2013, the Senate voted 97 to zero to approve the nomination of Ernie Moniz as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.  Dr. Moniz, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist, supports an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy.

ACEEE Releases New Report on Creating Value through Energy Management (05-16-2013)

ACEEEA new report released by ACEEE examines the use of on-site energy managers, and the positive effect they can have on reducing energy consumption within the industrial sector. The report discusses pilot programs that have successfully tested the practice.

DOE Selects Industry Consortium to Advance Automotive Battery Technologies (05-15-2013)

The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium will work in an industry wide effort to accelerate the development of cost-effective advanced battery technologies to be used in electric vehicles. The consortium, selected through a competitive solicitation, will receive $12.5 million per year for five years.

NIST Releases Report on Strategies to Address Gaps on Net-Zero Energy Homes (05-14-2013)

NISTStrategies to Achieve Net-Zero Energy Homes: A Framework for Future Guidelines, the latest publication from the National Institute for Standards and Technology on residential buildings, addresses the current gaps in energy data for homes, and suggests strategies for overcoming those gaps in an effort to transition the residential market to net-zero energy design.

DOE Announces University Clean Energy Business Competition Winners (05-13-2013)

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced six winners in the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, which encourages teams to create new and innovative business models to commercialize new technologies.

Youngstown State University to Hold 5th Annual Sustainable Energy Forum (05-13-2013)

Youngstown StateThe YSU Sustainable Energy Forum will be held June 3-4 at the Youngstown State University campus in Ohio. The event will be attended by hundreds of industry leaders, government officials, and academics to discuss issues related to water in industry, alternative vehicle fuels, and the impact of shale gas development.

DOE Announces $16 Million for Innovative Small Businesses in Energy Technology (05-09-2013)

The U.S. Department of Energy is investing $16 million through 88 grants to small businesses that show promising innovations with the potential to improve the manufacturing process of energy technologies, increase building efficiency, and advance renewable energy generation.

Energy Efficiency Savings Protocols Released by DOE (05-15-2013)

The Uniform Methods Project, a collaborative effort led by the U.S. Department of Energy, has released a new set of protocols for determining savings from energy efficiency projects. The protocols include methods for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings and facilities.

Wind Power America Holds All-States Summit in Chicago, IL (05-21-2013)

Wind Powering America successfully held its 12th annual All-States Summit in Chicago, IL on May 9, 2013. The conference held working groups to reflect on past successes and discuss opportunities for future collaboration within the wind industry.

Funding Opportunities

Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute (05-09-2013)

A Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) has been issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to house a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute focusing on wide bandgap semiconductors for power electronics in manufacturing. The institute will be part of the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). FOA funding, including cost share, shall be used for purchasing research equipment and instrumentation, minor renovations to facilities as necessary, and potentially a lease for the first five years of the project. Letters of intent are due July 11, 2013, and full application are due August 29, 2013..

CSP: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Thermochemical Storage (04-23-2013)

A Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) has been issued by the U.S. Department of Energy to integrate Thermochemical Energy Storage (TCES) systems with utility scale CSP generation facilities. The FOA seeks projects that are able to achieve a cost target of ≤$15 per kilowatt-hour-thermal. Applications are due July 23, 2013.

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