The Energy and Efficiency Institute at UC Davis is developing the Empower Procurement Product Evaluation Hub to evaluate selected DER products in a rigorous and transparent manner, and to disseminate widely evaluation results to large commercial and institutional customers that use a formal procurement process
This project aims to assist operators during challenging and rare grid events through novel decision support tools and improved, data-driven training. This project will build advanced, machine learning based tools to fit into an adaptive human-machine system and improve existing training simulators to incorporate such tools and more data.
This project aims to develop a nascent open-source common data model, Brick, into a demonstrated and tested tool that, through the implementation of advanced algorithms and analysis, can enable the scaling of major energy savings, improved building performance, and grid responsiveness across commercial buildings at low cost.
This national collaborative promotes state-of-the-art building technician education in managing building systems and energy use. The Center provides model curricula, professional development for instructors, career pathways for students & career-changers, and dissemination of research to advance building technician education for sustainable building performance.
Since 2015 CIEE has been assisting the California Public Utilities Commission in the analysis of the potential for demand response (DR) in California. As part of a continuing effort, CIEE is now managing a $5,000,000 prime contract. CIEE’s primary role is to identify and subcontract with researchers who can perform the work needed by the CPUC.
The University of California (UC) system has committed to reducing its net GHGs to 1990 levels by 2020 (all scopes), and to zero by 2025 under its Carbon Neutrality Initiative (scopes 1 & 2). UC campuses are reducing their direct emissions using all affordable strategies, and also anticipate needing to procure offsets to get all the way to zero. The purpose of this project is to develop UC’s strategy for procuring offsets that are high quality, support scalable climate solutions, and fulfill the University’s research, education, and public service missions.
Behavioral adaptations enabled through optimized settings and advanced algorithms is the easiest and possibly most cost-effective method to address HVAC energy use. A low-cost HVAC controller with a very simple user interface (UI) that understands occupant comfort preferences and manages indoor conditions to optimize energy use, without requiring connection to the Internet, could overcome the economic and technology barriers.
The goal of the EcoBlock research project is to explore strategies for resilience and the rapid, equitable, and affordable reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through urban block-scale retrofitting.
Leveraging diverse expertise throughout the state, the Fifth Assessment will contribute to the scientific foundation for understanding climate-related vulnerability throughout California. It will support on-the-ground implementation and decision-making at the local, regional, tribal, and state levels, focusing on the needs of communities most vulnerable to climate change impacts. CIEE is assisting the state with the selection, project management and administration of the core climate research studies.
The Binational Lab on Smart Energy Management and Technology is a research partnership between Mexico’s largest and most prestigious private education institute, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Tec de Monterrey), and California’s UC Berkeley.