The more new energy-saving technologies that succeed in the market, the better California will be equipped to meet its energy goals. The State Partnership for Energy Efficient Demonstrations (SPEED) is making the most of public research dollars by demonstrating the technologies these funds yield, accelerating their market penetration, and nurturing their widespread adoption.

SPEED program website

The SPEED program hosts a comprehensive website showcasing results and ongoing efforts advancing deep efficiency technologies developed through PIER. View maps of demonstration locations, tables of technologies by site, accumulated savings derived from installations, as well as a searchable library of the technologies and their related case studies, spec sheets, manufacturer brochures, and other materials. View website »

SPEED showcases innovations developed through the prolific Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program of the California Energy Commission (CEC). Focusing on “50% solutions” — technologies that can cut energy use by half — the effort has a big payoff. Among its success stories are systems that deliver lighting, ventilation, heat, and cooling only where and when they’re needed, saving energy and money.

CIEE has worked closely with the CEC in demonstrating PIER-funded technology since 2004. The effort has conducted more than 100 demonstrations and other technology-transfer projects in installations around California — at college campuses, government buildings, high-tech facilities, and other sites. The demonstrations give the new technologies visibility and credibility, building confidence among potential users who might otherwise be wary of committing to new products.

SPEED takes a fresh approach, developed with CIEE’s help. It creates a pipeline extending from the development of a PIER product, through demonstration, and into the California utilities’ validation and incentive programs that encourage production and broader market adoption. Feedback loops along the pipeline lead to product refinements, identify additional market needs, and generate valuable spin-off products.

The California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, held annually at campuses around the state, has provided excellent, high-traffic venues for clusters of PIER product demonstrations.