The State of California has been supporting regional climate change research for more than a decade. These studies have complemented research at the national level and have been designed to inform climate policy deliberations and actions in California. This Research Catalog provides basic information about past and ongoing climate change related studies that state agencies have conducted or commissioned since the early 2000s. The purpose of this catalog is to document California’s research efforts and to facilitate the exchange of information.
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This research focuses on effective building and appliance technologies that put California on the path to zero net energy residential buildings by 2020 and zero net energy commercial buildings by 2030. This research explores new and emerging energy efficiency technologies suitable for retrofitting existing buildings, as well as energy efficiency techniques for building maintenance and commissioning to optimize all cost-effective energy efficiency measures. Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) also examines the resource lifecycle in the context of the built environment, human behavior and its effect on energy savings, and attempts to understand and overcome barriers to energy efficiency deployment in residential and commercial buildings.
Consumer electronics have become more complex and consume more energy. Devices called "plug loads" are those that plug into electrical outlets, as opposed to being hard-wired. They do not fall into other traditional categories like HVAC, lighting, or large appliances. Plug loads often have external or internal power supplies so that most or all of the energy is used as low-voltage direct-current electricity. Examples include personal computers, televisions, and portable device chargers. As of 2010, plug loads consume approximately 15% of all building energy use, and that consumption is expected to grow to 29% in 2030. PIER research has developed plug load innovations including: External Single Volt Power Supply Test Procedure and Title 20 Standard. Battery Charger Test Procedure and Title 20 Standard. Television Test Procedure and Title 20 Standard. Revised Energy Star specification for computers that included power factor correction. Ultra low energy computers. Energy Efficiency Ethernet specification IEEE 802.3AZ.
The Energy Commission's Industrial, Agriculture and Water (IAW) research seeks to improve the energy efficiency of industrial processes, agricultural operations, and water and wastewater systems, and data centers. The IAW program accomplishes this goal by undertaking research, development and demonstration activities for promising practices and technologies. These activities reduce energy use and costs, help California to meet environmental challenges, cope with energy demand and reliability issues, achieve demand response, and accelerate the use of renewable resources
CSI RD&D - Specify, Test and Document an Integrated Energy Project Model
Lead Agency: CPUC
Principal Investigator(s): Kw Engineering
(SolarNexus, Endependence (dba SaveEnergy123))
Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $942,500
Projet focuses on developing and verifying an Integrated Energy Project (IEP) software model that will help identify best practices for integrating energy efficiency measures with PV system deployment. The IEP model will be built using a building energy analysis protocol and is intended to streamline the process of integrating energy efficiency and PV, thereby reducing time and costs for both consumers and contractors.
Field Demonstration of a Prototype Super Boiler
Lead Agency: ARB in collaboration with CEC
Principal Investigator(s): Dennis Chojnacki
(Gas Technology Institute)
Year finished: 2009, Budget: $553,000
Published/Product: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/apr/past/icat04-1.pdf Notes
Support energy efficiency goals by providing information on emerging technologies. Subprograms include technology assessments, scaled field placement, demonstration, market & behavioral studies, technology supply side efforts, technology resource incubator outreach, etc. CPUC Project Manager: Ayat Osman.
The mission of the Emerging Technologies Program (ETP) is to support “increased energy efficiency market demand and technology supply” (the term supply encompassing breadth, depth, and efficacy of product offerings) by contributing to development, assessment, and introduction of new and underutilized energy efficiency (EE) measures (that is, technologies, practices, and tools), and by facilitating their adoption as measures supporting California’s aggressive energy and demand savings goals. The statewide IOUs’ revision of the ETP scope for 2013-2014 to include three sub-programs represents a response mindful of insights from previous ETP program years and past ETP EM&V studies. The IOUs will utilize these sub-program elements in a comprehensive effort to address the range of EE market barriers that ETP can either influence directly or through efforts supporting other EE and IDSM programs.
Support energy efficiency goals by providing information on emerging technologies. Subprograms include technology test centers, technology assessments, scaled field placement, demonstration, market & behavioral studies, technology supply side efforts, technology resource incubator outreach, etc. CPUC Project Manager: Ayat Osman.
SCE Energy Efficiency Emerging Technologies Program, 2013-2014
Lead Agency: CPUC
Principal Investigator(s): Sce
Year finished: 2013, Budget: $6,377,260
The ETP comprises SCE’s current RD&D EE activities.3 The ETP is a full spectrum RD&D program and its purpose is to support increased energy efficiency market demand and technology supply. The ETP develops, assesses, and introduces new and under-utilized EE measures, such as technologies, strategies, practices and tools. The ETP also facilitates the wide-spread adoption of these EE measures to support California’s energy and demand savings goals, such as those established in Commission’s California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan and the California Global warming Solution Act of 2006. The ETP currently has 50 active projects funded under the 2010-2012 and 2013-2014 cycles.