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Commonwealth Edison (ComEd): Commercial Plug Loads

Joy Pixley-- Lead Researcher
Katie Gladych-- Project Manager

Research Specialists:
Sabine Kunrath, Mahejabeen Kauser, Genoveva Paz

CalPlug works with Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) and R&D film CleaResult of Illinois to review and provide guidance on utility energy efficiency program opportunities for plug load devices in the commercial sector. CalPlug will also give recommendations on future utility energy efficiency program design.

Smart Connected Worker

Joy Pixley-- Lead Researcher (Survey)
Mike Klopfer-- Testing
Other affiliates: ETAD, CSUN, UCSD, CESMII

CalPlug is affiliated with Calit2’s Smart Connected Worker Project. This Department of Energy project focuses on developing smart connected infrastructure to empower workers and operation supervisors. The project seeks to optimize manufacturing work flow and processes to improve energy efficiency and productivity in advanced manufacturing environments, focused on the needs of small and medium manufacturers (EERE 165; DE-EE0006716). CalPlug contributes expertise in equipment monitoring, machine learning, and survey research methods.

Completed Projects

CalPlug

Behavioral Interventions to Influence Residential Energy Consumption

Sponsor: Southern California Edison
Joy Pixley

Currently Being Peer Reviewed

Technology Roadmap

Sponsor: Southern California Edison
Michael Klopfer, Joy Pixley,  G.P Li

  • Report: Klopfer, M., Rapier, C., Luo, J., Pixley, J. E., & Li, G. P. (2017). Technology Roadmap towards 2030 and Beyond. Rosemead, CA: Prepared by California Plug Load Research Center for Southern California Edison.

SIM Home (Simulation Home)

Sponsor: Southern California Edison
Joy Pixley, Sergio Gago-Masague

  • Report: Xia, L., Pixley, J. E., & Gago-Masague, S. (2017). SIM Home Final Report. Rosemead, CA: Prepared by California Plug Load Research Center (CalPlug) for Southern Califonia Edison.
  • Report: Klopfer, M., Pixley, J. E., Syed, S., & Li, G. P. (2019). Advancing Plug Load Efficiency with Behavioral- Focused Usage Evaluation(ET17SCE1190). Rosemead, CA: Prepared by California Plug Load Research Center (CalPlug) for Southern California Edison.

Computer Survey and Monitoring Study

Sponsor: California Energy Commission
Stuart Ross, Joy Pixley

  • Report:Pixley, J. E., Ross, S. A., Raturi, A., & Downs, A. C. (2014). A Survey of Computer Power Modes Usage in a University Population. Sacramento: California Energy Commission.
  • Report:Pixley, J. E., & Ross, S. A. (2014). Monitoring Computer Power Modes Usage in a University Population(CEC‐500‐2014‐092). Sacramento, CA: Prepared by the California Plug Load Research Center (CalPlug) for the California Energy Commission.
  • Conference Paper:Pixley, J. E., & Ross, S. A. (2015). The Effects of Using Power Management in Office Desktops: A Case Study. Paper presented at the Behavior, Environment, and Climate Change (BECC) Conference, Sacramento.

Energy Channel 2.0

Sponsor: Southern California Edison
Sergio Gago-Masague, Joy Pixley, Raquel Fallman

  • Report: Gago-Masague, S., Pixley, J. E., & Fallman, R. (2017). Energy Channel 2.0.(ET14SCE1180). Rosemead, CA: Prepared by California Plug Load Research Center (CalPlug) for Southern California Edison.

Residential Connected Plug Load Devices Program Opportunities

Sponsor: San Diego Gas & Electric
Michael Klopfer, Joy 
Pixley, Katie Gladych, G.P Li
Sanyia Syed, Mahejabeen Kauser, Sabine Kunrath

  • Report:Klopfer, M., Gladych, K., Pixley, J. E., Syed, S., Kauser, M., Kunrath, S., & Li, G. P. (2020). Emerging Products Review: IDSM Program Opportunities in Connected Plug Load Devices. Assessing the potential for Plug Load measures and programs featuring connectivity. San Diego, CA: Prepared by California Plug Load Research Center (CalPlug) for San Diego Gas and Electric.

Power Management User Interface PMUI

Sponsor: California Energy Commission
Joy Pixley, Sergio Gago-Masague, G.P Li
Raquel Fallman, Sabine Kunrath

  • Conference Paper:Pixley, J. E., Gago-Masague, S., & Fallman, R. (2018). Field Test of a New User Interface for Computer Sleep Settings. In Proceedings of the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Washington, D.C.: ACEEE. – Paper also presented at the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change (BECC) Conference, Washington, D.C. (2018)
  • Conference Paper:Pixley, J. E., Gago-Masague, S., Fallman, R., Kunrath, S., & Li, G.-P. (2018). A Feedback App that Improves Use of Computer Sleep Settings: Field Test Results. Paper presented at the Behavior, Energy & Climate Change (BECC) Conference, Washington, D. C.
  • Report: Pixley, J. E., Gago-Masague, S., & Fallman, R. (2019). Software Development Report for the Power Management User Interface Study. Sacramento, CA: California Energy Commission.
  • Report:Pixley, J. E., Kunrath, S., Gago-Masague, S., Fallman, R., & Li, G. P. (under review). The Power Management User Interface Study(CEC-500-2019-XXX). Sacramento, CA: California Energy Commission.

Energy Management

Energy Management in Projectors and Display Technology

Sponsor: American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
Michael Klopfer, Joy Pixley, G.P Li

  • Conference Paper: Klopfer, M., Chen, Z., Kazmi, U., Kasat, S., Pixley, J. E., & Li, G. P. (2018). Energy Management in Projectors and Display Technology by Use of Predictive Behavior Models. In Proceedings of the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Washington, D.C.: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. 

Energy Management in Point-of-Use Water Heating & Cooling

Sponsor: Joint Research Centre (European Commission)
Michael Klopfer, Pixley, G.P Li

  • Conference Paper: Klopfer, M., Xia, L., Pixley, J. E., Rapier, C., & Li, G. P. (2017). Intelligent control of domestic and commercial point of use water heating and cooling applications. In P. Bertoldi (Ed.), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL’17). Brussels, Belgium: Joint Research Centre (European Commission).

Energy Management in Electronics (Home Appliances & Displays)

 Sponsor: Joint Research Centre (European Commission)
Michael Klopfer, G.P Li

  • Conference Paper: Xia, L., Klopfer, M., Guo, J., Zhang, Y. A., Wang, L., Kazmi, U., . . . Li, G. P. (2017). Behavior Adaptive Scalable Energy Management for Electronics – a demonstration in Home Appliances and Displays. In P. Bertoldi (Ed.), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL’17). Joint Research Centre (European Commission).

Motion Sensor Computer Energy Management System (TrickleStar)

Sponsor: TrickleStar
Michael Klopfer, Joy Pixley,  G.P Li

  • Report: Klopfer, M., Pixley, J. E., Syed, S., & Li, G. P. (2019). USB Motion Sensor Computer Energy Management System: Technology Evaluation Report [Prepared for TrickleStar, LLC]. Irvine, CA: California Plug Load Research Center (CalPlug).
  • Conference Paper: Klopfer, M., Xia, L., Pixley, J. E., Rapier, C., & Li, G. P. (2017). Tier 2 Advanced Power Strips – Revisiting behavior-based models for estimation of savings in laboratory and field trial evaluations. In P. Bertoldi (Ed.), 9th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL’17). Brussels, Belgium: Joint Research Centre (European Commission).

Student Projects

CalPlug

Annoyance Threshold Testing

Sponsor: University of California, Irvine
Joy Pixley

Ongoing

PMUI 5.0

Sponsor: University of California, Irvine
Joy Pixley

Ongoing

Buddy-Projects

Sponsor: University of California, Irvine
Michael Klopfer

Ongoing

SIM-Home Projects

Sponsor: University of California, Irvine
Michael Klopfer

Ongoing