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Data center design and operation is all about capacity, security and scalability. But energy efficiency is also essential because data centers are responsible for a full 2% of energy consumption in California -- and that amount continues to grow.  December’s ETCC meeting will take a deeper dive into this area that so far has only seen limited results from energy efficiency efforts. 

Panelists will address data center energy consumption trends and opportunities. Discussion will also cover how innovative design, enhanced operating practices and application of emerging technologies can drive down energy use and peak demand in enterprise data centers and smaller server rooms and closets. Utility representatives and vendors will share examples of current projects and case studies, and the conversation will wrap up with a look at the future of data centers and what other developments can reduce energy consumption without sacrificing performance.

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10:00 AM     Introduction, Safety and ETCC Updates   

  • Jim Parks, Program Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District   

10:20 AM     The Big Picture Behind Crunching Big Data

Data centers offer big energy saving potential, but little of these savings have been realized so far.  Panelists kick off the day’s conversation with an overview of data center energy consumption and by sharing some high-efficiency design concepts. This session will also include engagement examples and success stories from projects that have transformed energy usage patterns in data centers and server rooms. 

  • Ryan Hammond, Senior Energy Advisor, Commercial Services, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (Moderator)
  • Pierre Delforge, Director of High Tech Sector Energy Efficiency, Energy & Transportation Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Arman Shehabi, Research Scientist, Energy Technologies Area, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

11:30 AM     NETWORKING LUNCH (provided)

12:35 PM      Concurrent Session: Enterprise Data Center Solutions

Some of the largest data centers offer massive opportunities in energy savings.  One site can provide savings hundreds of times larger than a small business efficiency project when operated and managed effectively.  Join this breakout session for insights into the enormous potential and specific opportunities in this sector. Get a feel for what technologies are making a major splash and which ones are coming down the pike.

Includes technology showcase.

  • Mary Medeiros McEnroe, Public Benefit Program Manager, Silicon Valley Power
  • Nissim Hamu, Design Manager, Intel Corporation

12:35 PM      Concurrent Session: Server Closet and Server Room Solutions

Many businesses have server closets or server rooms on-site. However, these represent an energy savings conundrum because most IT support staff have little knowledge of energy issues or proper management, and no incentive to strive for energy efficiency. In aggregate, small server enclosures could waste more energy than large data centers, yet efficiency programs have only scratched the surface of potential energy savings. Join this breakout session for insights into how enhanced efficiency in server closets and server rooms can make a big impact. Check out the technology showcase and see what new opportunities are available for typical commercial buildings.

Includes technology showcase.  

  • Priscilla Johnson, Evaluation Measurement & Verification, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Magnus Herrlin, Program Manager, High Tech Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Bob Huang, Senior Associate, Cadmus

1:55 PM       BREAK

2:15 PM        What’s Next? The Future of Data Centers

Demand for computing power and cloud storage are forecasted to rise for years to come. Because data center operators pay a large part of their operating budgets for electricity, they have a good understanding of energy impacts and a strong financial motivation to implement efficiency measures. So what does the future of data centers look like, and how can energy use be tamed given the continued growth of this sector?  Panelists will talk about current and future energy efficiency policies and legislation, offer suggestions and predictions on the technology front and engage the audience in discussion of more efficient options.

  • Mark Modera, Director, Western Cooling Efficiency Center, UC Davis
  • Mukesh Khattar, Technical Executive, Data Centers, EPRI
  • Jeff Stein, Principal, Taylor Engineering
  • Jim Hanna, Director, Datacenter Sustainability, Microsoft

3:25 PM        Wrap-Up     

  • Jim Parks, Program Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District


UC Davis, Activities and Recreation Center, 232 One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, and via Webinar.
Event Type
Quarterly Meeting
Event Host
By Invitation Only
Sacramento, CA
Event Type
Non-ETCC Events
Event Host

Residential Energy Solutions

Co-hosted by Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and the California Energy Commission

This ETCC meeting will convene experts from industry, research, utility and government entities working towards solutions to today’s pressing residential sector energy challenges. Speakers will discuss energy efficiency in the context of California’s climate goals, innovative technologies to trim residential plug loads, advances to address existing homes and apartments based on recent building science and legislative developments, and the integration of distibuted generation with energy efficiency on the path to zero net energy residences.

To register:

Please click here to register to participate via Webinar

Please click here to register to participate In Person


9:30 AM   | Breakfast and Networking

10:00 AM | Safety and ETCC Updates

Mark Fernandes, Emerging Technology Program Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

10:10 AM | Welcome Remarks & Overview of California's Climate Goals and the Importance of Energy Efficiency

California has set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.  Recent legislation has targeted the doubling of energy efficiency by 2030 for existing buildings and increasing investments for energy efficiency. New residential and commercial buildings will soon be ZNE.  These efforts play a critical role in achieving the needed GHG reductions in California.

Laurie ten Hope, Division Deputy Director, Energy Research & Development Division, California Energy Commission

10:25 AM | Balancing the Load: Residential Plug Loads

Appliances and electronics use an enormous amount of energy in homes.  California has multiple codes and guidelines on how technology can help limit this energy use.  Hear about the newest technology designed to address this issue, and how product companies are tackling this challenge from the square one.

Moderator: G.P. Li, Director and Professor, EECS, University of California Irvine

Matt Smith, Project Manager for Emerging Technologies Energy Efficiency Program, San Diego Gas & Electric

Henry Wong, Sr. Staff Technologist, Intel

Stephen Palm, Senior Technical Director, Broadcom

11:40 AM | Lunch (provided) and Networking

12:40 PM | Existing Residential Buildings: What's Coming Up and Lessons Learned

Overview of the AB 758 action plan, SB 350 and AB 802—and the impact on existing residential buildings. Demonstration of an asset-based rating system for existing buildings that showcases the value of energy efficiency to homebuyers; demonstration of residential energy performance tool; case study of practical and cost-effective retrofits on a variety of residential building vintages and types in California’s hot, dry climate zone.

Moderator: Virginia Lew, Office Manager, Energy Efficientcy Research Office, California Energy Commission

Abhilasha Wadhwa, Supervisor- Appliances and Existing Buildings Office, California Energy Commission

Martha Brook, Senior Mechanical Engineer, California Energy Commission

John Proctor, President, Proctor Engineering Group

1:40 PM   | Break

1:50 PM   | Path to ZNE: Integration of Distributed Energy Resources and Energy Efficiency

How are small power sources being used in households to meet basic power demands?  What opportunities are there for new technologies to be implemented that will lead to zero net energy homes?

Moderator: Jonathan Livingston, President, Livingston Energy Innovations

Neha Arora, Engineer / Project Manager, Southern California Edison

Jon Fortune, Director, Regulatory & Energy Services, Sunverge

Lupe Jimenez, Senior Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Ram Narayanamurthy, Senior Project Manager, EPRI

3:00 PM   | Wrap-up

Bruce Baccei, Emerging Technologies Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

California Energy Commission, 1516 9th Street, Sacramento, CA and via Webinar
Event Type
Quarterly Meeting
Event Host

Cutting-Edge Residential Efficiency

This ETCC meeting will convene experts from industry, research centers, utility and government entities working to advance energy effiicency in the residential sector. Featured speakers will unite stakeholder perspectives on topics ranging from the challenges of zero net energy construction to advances in home automation and control. In the afternoon, a panel of ETCC members will present their vision for their residential ET programs, as well facilitate a discussion with participants on challenges and opportunities in accelerating the adoption of energy efficient emerging technologies in the residential sector.

Optional tours were offered for participants interested in visiting a zero net energy residential housing development at Northwest Land Park, which features structurally instulated panels, highly efficient appliances and HVAC equipment, a home energy control system and LED lighting, among other innovative technologies.

Presentation slides from the event and the final agenda are posted below.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District | Customer Service Center, 6301 S St, Rubicon Room, Sacramento, California
and via Webinar
Event Type
Quarterly Meeting
Event Host

The semi-annual Open Forum provides an opportunity for energy-efficient technology developers and entrepreneurs to present promising technologies in a brief, structured format. The audience includes fellow developers and entrepreneurs, utility emerging technology program staff, energy efficiency consultants and researchers, commercial facility managers and other end-use customers, investors and California energy regulatory staff.

The June 12th Open Forum held in Sacramento, CA showcased a blend of 12 gas and electric emerging technology products. Each of the presenters had 10 minutes to showcase their emerging technologies, including providing an overview of their product, its competitive landscape and product impacts and limits. The presentations were followed by Q&A from utilities and participants at large. As a next step, the technologies will be considered for assessment by the statewide utility Emerging Technologies Program team.

Technology presentations included:

Lightapp - Industrial Energy Intelligence

Embertec - Tier 2 Advanced Power Strips

Daintree - Lighting and HVAC Wireless Controls

Danfoss - HVAC - Variable Speed AC Benefits

Ingersoll-Rand/Trane - HVAC - Variable Speed AC and Heat Pump

New World Machines - HVAC - Solar & Heat-Powered AC

Belimo - HVAC – Economizer Control

Innotech - HVAC Controls 

Honeywell - HVAC – Economizer Control

KMC FlexStat - Building Controls and Automation

Seldera - Building Analytics

anyCOMM - Exterior Lighting Controls

Closing remarks were provided by Bruce Baccei of Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

Slides (“ETCC Open Forum Slides – 6.12.2013”; 14.53 MB) and the Agenda (“ETCC Open Forum Agenda – 6.12.2013”; 95.36 KB) are available for download at the bottom of this page.

The next Open Forum will be hosted by Southern California Edison in Q4 of 2013. More information will be posted on the web site when it's available.

The ET Open Forum is a collaboration of the ETCC member utilities: Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas and Electric, and Southern California Gas Company. 

Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Event Type
Non-ETCC Events
Event Host

Emerging Technology Coordinating Council Presents: 

Climate Optimized HVAC: The Key to Net Zero

…From desiccant evaporative systems to fault detection and diagnostics, this event will focus on technologies and systems that are poised to transform the HVAC field. Whether your interest lies in residential, commercial, electric or natural gas—this event is for you! And if you’re curious about the full range of emerging technologies, including those outside of the realm of HVAC, stick around for the afternoon sessions when California’s utilities and state energy agencies will share findings from their latest emerging technology efforts.


Western Cooling Efficiency Center: Setting the stage for climate optimized HVAC (Mark Modera and Theresa Pistochini)

AESC on behalf of PG&E: Promising results from evaporative cooling RTU field tests (Antonio Corradini)

AHRI DR Sub-Committee: Defining and enabling DR-ready AC and heat pump systems (Robert Wilkins)

NREL: Promising research on an ultra-efficient AC technology known as desiccant enhanced evaporative (DEVAP) cooling (Jason Woods)

CEC Updates (Virginia Lew)

CPUC Updates (Paula Gruendling)

SMUD Updates (Obadiah Bartholomy)

SDG&E Updates (Nate Taylor)

SoCa Gas Updates (Edwin Hornquist)

PG&E Updates (Aaron Panzer)

You can download the slides at the link below.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District's Rubicon Room:
6301 S St. Sacramento, CA
Event Type
Non-ETCC Events
Event Host
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