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Come join the discussion on batteries as a device, as a plug load, and as storage in relation to energy efficiency and renewable energy, as we continue to work together to find applicable technological solutions to address the climate crisis.

CalPlug Workshop Series #21 – Tuesday October 24, 2023

9:30 am Check-in

10:00 am – Noon CalPlug Research and Projects

  • 10:00 am:
    • Welcome by Kim Trenbath – National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

  • 10:10 – 10:30 am:
    • Plug and Process Loads – Latest News by Doug Johnson – Consumer Technology
      Association (CTA)

  • 10:30 – 11:10 am:
    • CalPlug and SMART IAC Updates
      • @10:30am Katie Gladych – PLETICS
      • @10:50am Chelsea Choudhary – SMART IAC


  • 11:20 – 11:35 am:
    • Efficient & Zero-Net Energy – Ready Plug Loads by Alan Meier – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
  • 11:35 am – 12:00 pm:
    • One-Cycle Controls & Its Application for Stabilizing Power Grids with High Renewable Penetration by Keyue Smedley – University of California, Irvine (UCI)

Lunch Break
(Noon to 1pm)

  • 1:00 – 3:05 pm:
    • 1:00-1:25pm
      • Electric Vehicles as Grid Resources & Plug Loads: Benefits & Opportunities by Katherine Dayem – Xergy Consulting
    • 1:25-1:50pm
      • Transportation Network Modeling & Infrastructure Planning by Zhaocai Liu – National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
    • 1:50-2:15pm
      • Artificial Intelligence for Electric Vehicle Fleets by Rajit Gadh – University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
    • 2:15-3:05pm
      • PANEL DISCUSSION on EVs by Guest Speakers – K Smedley, K Dayem, Z Liu, C Choudhary

Mid-afternoon Break (3:05-3:15pm)

  • 3:15 – 5:00 pm:
    • 3:15-3:40pm
      • Driving Electrification with Integrated Batteries by Sam D’Amico – Impulse Labs
    • 3:40-4:05pm
      • ReCell: Working to Advancing Battery Recycling by Jeff Spangenberger – Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
    • 4:05-5:00pm
      • PANEL DISCUSSION on ENERGY STORAGE & MORE by Guest Speakers – D Johnson, A Meier, S D’Amico, J Spangenberger, K Gladych

5:00 pm Networking Reception

Plug Load Energy Testing to Inform Codes and Standards (PLETICS)

CalPlug and its partners, the California Energy Alliance, the California Lighting Technology Center at UC Davis, and California State University Northridge, were awarded $997,000 in funding from the California Energy Commission to identify and test plug loads that present the best opportunity for energy savings as part of future energy codes and appliance standards. The project kicked off in April 2021 and we are moving forward with identifying and assessing devices in the commercial office, commercial laboratory equipment, and residential networking device categories.

Recent Events

CalPlug Workshop Spring 2023


9:30 am Check-in

10:00 am – Noon CalPlug Research and Projects

  • 10:00 am Welcome
    • G.P. Li – Calit2/California Plug Load Research Center and SMART IAC
  • 10:10 – 10:40 am Plug and Process Loads – Latest News
    • @10:10 am           Doug Johnson – Consumer Technology Association
    • @10:25 am          Kim Trenbath – National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • 10:40 – 11:20 am CalPlug and SMART IAC Update
    • @10:40 am           Katie Gladych – PLETICS
    • @11:00 am           Chelsea Choudhary – SMART IAC
  • 11:20 – 11:45 am  Future of Electrification
              Caitlin Murphy – NREL

Lunch Break (11:45 to 1:00 pm)


  • 1:00 – 3:05 pm:
    • 1:00-1:25 pm How smart building can help a greener grid
      by Antonio Corradini – AESC
    • 1:25-1:50 pm Building to grid: thermostats and microgrids
      by Therese Peffer – CIEE
    • 1:50-2:15 pm What happens when we use low carbon fuels in applications like water heating and cooking by Vince McDonell – APEP/University of California, Irvine
    • 2:15-3:05 pm Project Aurora, Empowering the Unhoused
      by Phil Roberts – Consultant

Mid-afternoon Break (3:05-3:15 pm)

  • 3:15 – 5:00 pm:
    • 3:15-3:40 pm Foodservice Plug Loads by Edward Ruan – Frontier Energy
    • 3:40-4:05 pm Customer Gaming Console Use & Energy Efficiency by Ann Davis – LADWP Consultant
    • 4:05-5:00 pm PANEL discussion of guest speakers
    • 5:00 pm Networking Reception

SMART IAC Chats for 2023

Nov. 11, 2022

Students are invited to engage directly with industry experts in an informal setting.
Join us at the CALIT2 auditorium:

Jan. 18: James Russell from CLEAResult

Feb. 22: Jash Vora from Lineage Logistics

March 15: Carolyn Lee from the Manufacturing Institute

April 19: Wyatt Merrill from the Department of Energy

May 17: John Woolsey from the Center for Sustainable Energy

For more information view the flyer here:
To learn more about SMART IAC visit here.

CalPlug Fall 2022 Workshop

 The Solutions for PPLs to Address Climate Concerns: This workshop is addressing the climate concerns for Plug and Process Loads (PPLs) with Executable solutions to balance energy consumption of electrical devices with climate concerns.


10 a.m.: Check In
10:20 a.m.: Welcome by G.P. Li, Director and Professor, CalPlug
10:30 a.m.: Danielle Preziuso, Renewable Energy Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
10:55 a.m.: Louis Ting, Director of Power Engineering & Technical Services,
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
11:20 a.m.: Genaro Bugarin Jr., Director of Energy Innovation, The Energy Coalition
11:45 a.m.: Andrea Warner, Business Relationship Manager, Orange County Power Authority
12:10 p.m.: Speaker Discussion
1 p.m.: Lunch and Networking Reception

Nevada Industry 4.0 Survey with NVIE

We excited to announce our project with NVIE, “Smart Manufacturing in Small and Medium Manufacturers in Nevada: Survey of Drivers, Barriers ,and Technologies” has concluded!

Info on the project can be found on our Projects page, or you can read the report by Katie Gladych and Joy Pixley by clicking the button below. Thank you to NVIE for working with us on this project!