Calplug New Hires

CalPlug is excited to add two new members to our team, our new Technical Director Dr. Li Zhao and Assistant Specialist James Griffith. Learn more about them on our team page.

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 page

Nevada Industry 4.0 Survey with NVIE

In July, CalPlug kicked off a new project with Nevada Industry Excellence (NVIE) at University of Nevada, Reno. We will be conducting a survey of small and medium manufacturers in Nevada that extends the work done on the CESMII Smart Connected Worker project. Learning about the experiences, needs, and attitudes of smaller manufacturers will help us better understand how smart manufacturing solutions can be adapted to benefit their facilities.

Upcoming Events

CalPlug Workshop #18

Monday, October 18, 2021

CalPlug’s 18th workshop will be hosted virtually via Go2Webinar and it will bring together experts in their respective fields to discuss the future of our energy consumption in all spaces (residential, commercial, industrial and more) and our climate challenges and solutions.


  • 9:00 am – 12:05 pm
    • 9:00 – 9:05 am: Welcome & Introduction
      G.P. Li
      – Calit2/California Plug Load Research Center
    • 9:05 – 9:20 am: Challenges and Opportunities in Energy Transition, Decarbonization and Electrification: CalPlug’s Holistic Approach
      Li Zhao – CalPlug
    • 9:20 – 9:45 am: WiFi smart plugs: the ‘gateway drug’ to home energy automation
      John Anderson – OhmConnect 
    • 9:45 – 10:10 am: Overview of the California Load Flexibility Research and Deployment Hub
      Mary Ann Piette – Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory 
    • 10:10 – 10:35 am: Object Oriented Design in Energy and Decision Management
      Paul Campbell – Facil AI
    • 10:35 am – BREAK
    • 10:40 – 11:05 am: Recent field experience and lessons learned related to automatic receptacle controls
      Michael Myer – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 
    • 11:05 – 11:30 am: Buildings of the Future, Today. Planning for Sustainability and Resilience working towards a Healthy Building Environment
      Kurt Gokbudak – Schneider Electric 
    • 11:30 am – DISCUSSION
    • noon – 12:05 pm: GP Li – wrap up

To participate, you must register with Go To Webinar. Follow this link to complete your registration in advance of the meeting date:

Recent Events

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.”

CalPlug Earth Day Workshop

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.

calplug wk earth pic
9:00 a.m. G.P. Li, CalPlug
9:10 a.m. Doug Johnson, Consumer Technology Association and Kim Trenbath, National Research Energy Laboratory – Co-chairs CalPlug advisory board
Introducing CalPlug 2.0
9:25 a.m. David Jacot, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Introducing the La Kretz Innovation Campus PPT
9:45 a.m. Edwin Hornquist, Southern California Edison
California’s Emerging Technologies Program PPT
10:05 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m. Ann Hancock, Climate Center
Accelerating Climate Action in California PPT
10:30 a.m. Yennie Solheim, Niantic Labs
United Nations Playing for the Planet Initiative PPT
10:50 a.m. Luc Severi, Sustainable Energy for All
Powering Healthcare: Setting the Scene PPT
11:10 a.m. Joy Pixley, CalPlug Moderator
Call to Action: Everyone Working Together
12:00 p.m. G.P. Li
Workshop Wrap-up

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)