CalPlug Workshop #19 and 10th Anniversary

Monday, October 18, 2021

CalPlug’s 19th workshop and 10th Anniversary Celebration was held in CalIt2’s own Auditorium. Discussion during the event centered around Climate Resiliency, Lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and inclusivity.


G.P. Li, Calit2 and CalPlug Research Center; Doug Johnson, Consumer Technology Association; Kim Trenbath, National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL; Benjamin Park, Enevate; Matthias Kurwing, Enrvee; Amy Lebar, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); Ammi Amarnath, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); John Woosley, Center for Sustainable Energy; Li Zhao, CalPlug Research Center; Jay Seidel, Fullerton Drone Lab


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CalPlug Workshop #18

Monday, October 18, 2021

CalPlug’s 18th was hosted on Webinar, and discussed the processes of Optimizing Energy Efficiency in Spaces, office commercial and in the home.

Speakers: G.P. Li, Calit2/CalPlug Research center; Li Zhao, CalPlug Research Center; John Anderson, OhmConnect; Mary Ann Piette, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory; Paul Campbell, Facil AI; Michael Myer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Kurt Gokbudak, Schneider Electric


9:00 am – 12:05 pm

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ACEEE 2021 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry

July 12-15, 2021

CalPlug Research Director Joy Pixley presented about survey results from the CESMII Smart Connected Worker project, titled: “Enabling Small and Medium Manufacturers to Adopt Smart Manufacturing” in a panel titled, “How Agile Manufacturing is Helping Small and Medium Manufacturers become Resilient.”

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CalPlug Earth Day Workshop #17

April 22, 2021

At this spring’s CalPlug workshop, we had the largest virtual turnout yet and a rousing discussion by our panelists on the topic of how to work together to find solutions for climate change.

Speakers: G.P. Li, CalPlug; Doug Johnson, Consumer Technology Association; Kim Trenbath; National Renewable Energy Laboratory; David Jacot, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Edwin Hornquist, Southern California Edison; Ann Hancock, The Climate Center; Yennie Solheim, Niantic Labs; and Luc Serveri, Sustainable Energy for All.

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AGENDA9:00 a.m. G.P. Li, CalPlugWelcome 9:10 a.m. Doug Johnson, Consumer Technology Association and Kim Trenbath, National Research Energy Laboratory – Co-chairs CalPlug advisory boardIntroducing CalPlug 2.0 9:25 a.m. David Jacot, Los Angeles Department of Water and PowerIntroducing the La Kretz Innovation Campus PPT 9:45 a.m. Edwin Hornquist, Southern California EdisonCalifornia’s Emerging Technologies Program PPT 10:05 a.m. Break 10:10 a.m. Ann Hancock, Climate CenterAccelerating Climate Action in California PPT 10:30 a.m. Yennie Solheim, Niantic LabsUnited Nations Playing for the Planet Initiative PPT 10:50 a.m. Luc Severi, Sustainable Energy for AllPowering Healthcare: Setting the Scene PPT 11:10 a.m. Joy Pixley, CalPlug ModeratorCall to Action: Everyone Working Together 12:00 p.m. G.P. LiWorkshop Wrap-up *also on 

Better Buildings Alliance Webinar: Beyond Energy Efficiency: How Your Device Usage Patterns Affect Energy Consumption

Mar 17, 2021 

At the spring DOE Better Buildings Alliance Plug and Process Teams Webinar, CalPlug Research Director Dr. Joy Pixley was invited to give the featured technical presentation (title above). Prior to Joy’s presentation, Felipe Leon of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory gave an update on the PNNL Integrated Lighting Campaign.

Watch the webinar here (Felipe starts at 12:50, Joy starts at 22:35)

CalPlug Workshop: 3C’s – Climate Change, Energy Consumption and Disadvantaged Communities during COVID-19

Presented Online November 16, 2020


9:00 a.m. : G.P. Li, Director of CalPlug

CalPlug: Current Findings 
9:05 a.m.: Joy Pixley, PhD, CalPlug Research Director
“Highlighting Plug Loads in Energy Efficiency Programs for Commercial Customers”

9:25 a.m.: Michael Klopfer, PhD, Calplug Technical Director
“COVID-19 Residential Impacts in LA County: Then & Now”

3 C’s – Climate Change, Energy Consumption and Disadvantaged Communities During COVID-19

9:45 a.m.: Scott Hinson, Chief Technology Officer, Pecan Street
“Residential Energy Consumption During COVID-19”

10:10 a.m.: Steven Davis, UCI Associate Professor of Earth System Science
“Effects of COVID-19 on CO2 Emissions in the US and Globally”

10:35 a.m.: Jem Porcaro, Lead, Integrated Energy Planning and Powering Healthcare, Sustainable Energy for All
“Powering the COVID-19 Response”

11:00 a.m.: Kim Trenbath, Lead, Systems Technology R&D, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
“Advances in Plug Load Control Technology”

11:25: Panel discussion moderated by G.P. Li, with speakers Scott Hinson; Steven Davis; Jem Porcaro; Kim Trenbath; Michael Klopfer and panel guests David Jacot, Director of Efficiency Solutions, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) and Amir Tabakh, Manager of the LADWP La Kretz Labs and Energy Efficiency Solutions Engineering

12:30 p.m.: Session Ends

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Beyond Energy Efficiency: How Your Device Usage Patterns Affect Energy Consumption


Please join us on Wednesday, March 17 for the Better Buildings Alliance (BBA) Plug and Process Load (PPL) webinar. Details below:

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CalPlug WorkShop & Earth Celebration Day​​

CalPlug Workshop # 15 April 21-22, 2020– Presented Online

The California Plug Load Research Center established biannual workshops since its inception over 7 years ago. One of our objectives is to continue bringing all stakeholders in the energy sector to maximize communication, foster collaboration and exchange information about energy efficiency and savings in research, business, public policy and more. Invited speakers share presentations that highlight new technologies, market trends, standards and services. As a state California has long taken the lead in all things green; as a California public research center; Calplug is taking the lead to continue this legacy. Recent events have placed limitations on our access to interact. However, CalPlug is leveraging today’s technology to have the Center’s first ever virtual workshop.

Speakers included:

Dr. Wendell Brase

Dr. G.P Li

Dr. Michael Klopfer

Dr. Joy Pixley

Katie Gladych

Chris Busch: Research Director (Energy Innovation & Tech LLC)

Alden Donnelly: Co-Founder  Of Carbon Economics (Nori)

Cathy Higgins: Research Director (New Building Institute)

David Jacot: Director of Efficiency Solutions (LADWP)

Michael Mitchell: Earth Day Founder (MCM Group International)

Amir Tabakh: Chief of Efficiency Solutions Engineering (LADWP)

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