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With another school year ending, the campus seems to be bustling with students preparing for their final exams. Similarly at CalPlug, students have been busy preparing presentations and demonstrations of the projects and technology they’ve been working hard on to develop. A recent demonstration at CalPlug for a visiting advisory board showcased CalPlug’s latest developments in the Wall of Power, 5w5s 1kwh Challenge and others. The advisory board attendees included co chairs Anne Petersen and Drew Senyei, Mark Anderson from Strategic News Service, Vinton Cerf from Google, Duane Roth from Connect, Stanton Rowe from Edwards Lifesciences, Phil Smith from the National Research Council, Telle Whitney from Anita Borg Institute and Greg Brandeau from Walt Disney Studios. The demonstration was well received by the advisory board, and CalPlug’s projects were the topic of many interesting discussions and questions.

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Plenary Session I

9:15 – 9:55 am Trending: Various ways to receive TV programming

The average American over the age of 2 spends more than 34 hours a week watching live television, says a 2012 Nielsen report — plus another three to six hours watching taped programs. In the meantime, other ways to watch TV programs are gaining popularity, such as video streaming on a computer or a mobile device. What kind of new set-top boxes and new features are being deployed to meet the demand? How is this trend of pervasive “TV watching” going to impact the energy consumed in delivering the content?

Speakers: Organization:
Henry Wong Intel
Gregg Hardy Ecova
Doug Johnson CEA

9:55 – 10:55 am Post Voluntary agreement era

By the end of 2012, Cable, telco and satellite providers have entered into a Voluntary Agreement that represents significant energy saving plans. To what extent has this agreement facilitated new standards and policies? What is the outlook of energy savings in the deployment of future fleets? Will the participants advance with new ENERGY STAR standards?

Speakers: Organization:
Jeremy Dommu Dept of Energy
Debbie Fitzgerald CableLabs
Gary Langille Dish Network
Ken Rider CEC

11:10 – 12:00 pm Thinking outside the box

Set?top boxes and small network equipment are great candidates for the hub of future efficient “smart homes.” Opportunities lie in various value?added features delivered by STBs, such as home energy management, home security and home telemedicine systems. Peripheral wired and wireless demand?response and power pattern recognition devices are also interesting topics.

Speakers: Organization:
Paul Delaney So Cal Edison
Kevin Strong Futuredash
Michael Cook Comcast

Plenary Session II

1:00 – 2:00 pm Incentive programs and consumer education

Upstream, midstream and downstream, where can the incentive dollar be used most effectively to promote more efficient STB systems? The industry targets the end of 2014 to ensure 90% of new STB stock qualifying for Energy Star 3.0. CalPlug will assist the design of an incentive program based on studies of consumer behavior and adoption pattern in collaboration with utilities and service providers. How should public and investor?owned utilities and government agencies coordinate their many incentive programs?

Speakers: Organization:
Derek Okada So Cal Edison
Stephen Dulac DirecTV
Jay Yang Arris

2:00 – 4:00 pm CalPlug advancements in STB solutions

Imagine a world where all STBs go to sleep at less than five watts and wake up in five seconds. CalPlug is designing, prototyping and testing on this “5W5s” vision, with industry project champions. In spite of ever? advancing software, firmware, hardware and chipsets for STBs, the usage pattern and behavior of the users remain a dominant variable. Deemed savings aren’t so easy to be determined. How can cutting?edge power management cope with wide differences in both the STBs and the users themselves?

Speakers: Organization:
Dr. Arthur Zhang CalPlug