Welcome to the 2020 ETCC Webinar Series!

The Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council aims to share knowledge and strengthen capabilities of the emerging technologies community. To this end, the ETCC has launched a free quarterly webinar series to highlight current and/or recently completed projects by the ETCC members. These hour-long webinars will feature two to four projects across a wide variety of energy-efficient technologies and customer solutions and allow time for Q&A from attendees. To receive notifications about upcoming webinars, please subscribe to our email list.

Next Webinar

IoT, More IoT, and Rapid Modeling 
for Residential Communities

July 22, 2020
10 to 11:30 a.m. (PDT)

(It's free!)

The Importance of IoT for the Smart Grid

Orly Hasidim, Energy Management and Savings Business Developer, Universal Devices

As more and more communicating/smart devices are utilized within the average U.S. home, it is important to explore the immense benefits of these devices beyond their obvious purpose. Hasidim will review the usage and benefits of IoT devices in a couple of implementations: (1) within a California Energy Commission “Advancing Solutions that Allow Customers to Manage Their Energy Demand” grant and (2) within a Southern California Edison Time of Use + Smart Speaker demonstration project.

This project was funded by the California Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program in collaboration with SCE.


Smart Speakers, the Connected Home, and Energy

Randy Robinson, Jr., Project Manager, Southern California Edison

A short presentation on how Southern California Edison is utilizing emerging technologies, such as smart speakers, to create impactful products, and programs that help customers better manage their energy usage, reduce their carbon footprint, and contribute to managing the energy grid.

This project was funded by SCE’s Emerging Products and Technologies Group.


Clean Energy Residential Retrofits at Scale—Using XeroHome’s Rapid Energy Modeling Approach

Mudit Saxena, Principal/Founder, Vistar Energy

Clean energy retrofits for residential buildings can be difficult to scale quickly and economically. A new approach uses large-scale public data, available for all homes, to develop credible building energy models. Southern California Edison evaluated the XeroHome residential retrofit recommendation tool, which used this approach to develop models for 1,000 homes in Santa Monica. This presentation will provide an overview of the project and discuss the advantages and limitations of this approach.

This project was funded by SCE’s Emerging Technologies Program.


Past Webinars

Did you miss one? Presentation slides and videos will be available for download shortly after each event!

May 13, 2020

SDG&E Battery Market Study: Residential and Non-Residential Customers

Bryan Jungers, Senior Research Manager, Technology Assessment, E Source

SDG&E recently wrapped up work on a multiyear behind-the-meter (BTM) battery field study, conducted at two school districts in SDG&E territory. SDG&E conducted the analysis to better understand:

  • the broader implications of the field evaluation’s findings
  • some anomalous, unexplained findings from the field study
  • how this growing market is likely to evolve over time
  • the demand response (DR) and demand-charge management (DCM) potential of distributed battery storage

(Video | Slides)

CEC EPIC's Santa Ana Project

  • Cathy Higgins, Research Director, New Buildings Institute

  • Jerine Ahmed, Senior Engineer, Technology Area Lead, Whole Buildings & HVAC, Southern California Edison

Learn about an emerging automated shading technology that integrates with advanced lighting controls. SCE will introduce its ET and program support. NBI will present on the new shading technology that offers a gateway to retrofit existing buildings for lighting and thermal energy savings as well as provides occupants and operators refined control for glare and comfort. The lab and field demonstration research findings (to date) showing compelling energy reductions will also be shared. (Video | Slides)

Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEBs)

David Nemtzow, Director, Building Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

The DOE has announced its intention to issue a new, dedicated competitive Funding Opportunity on Connected Communities that would invest up to $42 million in pilots around the country. This is designed to demonstrate and evaluate the capacity of GEBs to perform at a community scale, in multiple pilots around the U.S., to provide greater degrees of demand flexibility at far greater scales and in more varied settings than we’ve ever tested before. (Video | Slides)


February 26, 2020






Demand Response Technology Assessment and Delivery: Accelerating Tech Transfer of California’s EPIC Projects

  • Mark Martinez, Senior Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets and Technology Program, Southern California Edison

  • Julie Hayes, Conservation and Engagement Strategist, Julie Hayes Consulting

  • Ammi Amarnath, Senior Technical Executive, Energy Utilization Research Area, Electric Power Research Institute

Between 2013 and 2016, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) led a collaborative effort with leading utilities across the U.S. to develop a research framework to evaluate the readiness of emerging end-use technologies for utility programs known as the Coordinated Early Deployments (CED).

As part of Southern California Edison’s (SCE) participation in the funding and development of emerging technologies through the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, the Emerging Markets and Technology (EM&T) group requested that EPRI revise the CED framework to develop a systematic analysis tool known as the Technology Assessment and Delivery (TA&D) framework. TA&D was designed to assist the EM&T program with assessing the potential of new, demand response (DR) focused electric technologies that would ideally improve customer uptake and participation in DR programs. The TA&D process ranks and prioritizes the most transferable technologies, determines the market potential of these technologies and provides a forum for SCE leadership to discuss opportunities for further development as well as cross-functional collaboration efforts that could lead to market implementation.

The EM&T team has successfully adopted the TA&D framework as a standard process for identifying emerging DR technologies with the greatest potential for integration and market adoption.

This presentation will detail the process used to develop the TA&D framework and dive deeply into the purpose of each project, key learnings from the research, identified opportunities for market implementation, and how the TA&D framework is helping SCE accelerate the market readiness of emerging DR technologies. (Video | Slides)

EPRI Product Abstract: Product 3002017834: Technology Assessment and Delivery (TA&D): Assessing the Potential of CEC’s EPIC Projects in Demand Response

This project was funded by Southern California Edison’s Emerging Markets and Technology Program.


August 28, 2019

Energy Efficient Concentration of Food and Beverage Products

Erik Desormeaux, Director of Process Development, Porifera

Erik Desormeaux is a Professional Engineer in California with over a decade of experience in the water and wastewater industry, helping to bring forward osmosis (FO) technology to the commercial market. He will be presenting on Porifera’s PFO Concentrator System. The PFO Concentrator is based on Porifera’s proprietary PFO+ROX technology and is an energy efficient, low-cost way to match the performance of an evaporator while generating purified water streams for high purity reuse. (Video | Slides)

The Energy Commission is a member of the California Emerging Technologies Program. These projects were funded by the California Energy Commission's Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) and Natural Gas Research and Development Programs.


Energy Efficient Infrared Drying of Healthy Snacks and Walnuts

Zhongli Pan, Adjunct Professor, University of California, Davis

Dr. Zhongli Pan will be giving two presentations on infrared heating as an energy efficient blanching/drying method, studied at UC Davis for producing fruit- and vegetable-based healthy snacks and for drying walnuts. Two commercial drying facilities were successfully developed to demonstrate the new processing technologies. The results showed that infrared heating can save a significant amount of energy compared to the traditional processing methods. (Video | Slides)

The Energy Commission is a member of the California Emerging Technologies Program. These projects were funded by the California Energy Commission's Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) and Natural Gas Research and Development Programs.


June 5, 2019


High Performance Attics for Zero Energy Homes

Iain Walker, Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

This presentation will discuss the thermal and moisture performance of lower-cost approaches to high-performance attics. The presentation will answer questions such as: Are these attic spaces truly inside the home so we can reduce HVAC system losses? What are the moisture concerns with new construction practices? How can we best address these moisture issues? It will conclude with recommendations for construction codes/standards to enable lower-cost, durable high performance attics. (Video | Slides | Report)

This project was funded by the California Emerging Technologies Program and the California Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program.


Assessment of Horizontal Self-Contained Display Cases Using Natural Refrigerant

Edwin Hornquist, Senior Emerging Technologies Program Manager, SCE

Self-contained refrigerator/freezer display cases are used by many commercial retailers, including supermarkets, mass merchants, c-stores, drug stores, and dollar stores. They maintain products at desired temperatures while displaying them for sale to consumers. The use of natural refrigerants in these systems (including propane, CO2, and isobutene) has a potential for significant energy and demand savings as well as environmental benefits. (Video | Slides | Report)


Computer Gaming Systems: Energy Efficiency without Performance Compromise

Leo Rainer, Principal Scientific Engineer Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Two-thirds of Americans play computer games. Although among the most complex and energy-intensive plug loads, gaming has been largely overlooked in energy R&D and policy. Computer gaming in California used 4.1 TWh in 2016—5% of residential electricity and 20% of miscellaneous electric loads. While simultaneously quantifying efficiency and gaming performance is highly problematic, evidence suggests that efficiency can be improved while maintaining or improving user experience. (Video | Slides | Report)

This project was funded by the California Emerging Technologies Program and the California Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program.


February 27, 2019


Teren Abear

LED Track Lighting

Teren Abear, Technology Area Lead, SCE

This project evaluates two main approaches to using LED technologies in existing track-lighting applications. Both dedicated LED-specific track heads as well as retrofit options using screw-base LED lamps for use with traditional halogen lamps were tested for photometric and energy savings performance. (Video | Slides | Report)


Hardik Shah

Dynamic Air Balancing for Commercial HVAC Systems

Hardik Shah, Senior Engineer / Program Manager, GTI

By adding additional thermostats to create micro-zones within zones managed by AHUs or constant volume HVAC systems, the technology promises potential energy efficiency savings in commercial buildings through air flow balancing, predictive weather analytics, better occupancy detection, enthalpy economizers, demand control ventilation, and multistage thermostat controls. There is also potential for demand response. (VideoSlides)


Milica Grahovac

Costs and Benefits of Community vs. Individual End-Use for Solar Water Heating

Milica Grahovac, Senior Scientific Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The project develops and implements an analytical model to quantify the relative costs and benefits of community-scale solar water heating systems in comparison to individual systems under a wide range of climate zones and conditions in California. This presentation focuses on the solar thermal system energy use simulation and provides comparative results at individual and community scale. (VideoSlides)



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