Plug & Process Loads
Plug & Process Loads
Plug and process loads (PPLs) consume about 47% of primary energy in U.S. commercial buildings. As buildings become more efficient, PPL efficiency has become pertinent in achieving aggressive energy targets. Through the PPL Technology Research Team, partners participate in a platform to share experiences and learn from their peers and work together to create resources on PPL energy reduction strategies and their applications, covering a wide variety of electronic, computer, refrigeration, and cooking devices, including equipment essential to information processing, medical treatment, and foodservice businesses.
The Plug and Process Load Team has hosted many webinars about a variety of PPL-related topics. Access all the recordings and slide decks in the On-Demand Webinar Library.
The Plug and Process Load Team collaborates with researchers and industry experts to promote awareness and energy reduction through new technologies. Contact the Plug and Process Load Team to learn how you can get involved.
To date, 900+ Better Buildings, Better Plants partners have saved more than 3.1 quadrillion Btu, saving more than $18.5 billion and 189 million metric tons of CO2.
Medical Imaging Equipment Energy Efficiency Fact SheetThis resource describes how Medical Imaging Equipment (MIE) energy reduction strategies can reduce the overall energy consumption of healthcare facilities.
Medical Imaging Equipment Energy Efficiency PresentationThis presentation was prepared for healthcare sector stakeholders as a resource on Medical Imaging Equipment (MIE) energy use. It provides an overview of existing work, reviews existing literature on MIE energy use and identifies energy efficiency opportunities.
Automatic Receptacle Controls: What They Are and Why They Should Be Commonplace in Building Energy Codes Fact SheetAutomatic receptacle controls (ARCs) can help building owners and occupants reduce plug load energy use. Therefore, a growing number of states and local jurisdictions are requiring ARCs as part of their commercial building energy codes. Learn more about what ARCs are and why they should be included in building energy codes. Click here for the Spanish version.
Plug Load Efficiency Utility Incentives Policies and IncentivesList of incentives and rebates offered by utilities for plug and process load controls.
Policies and Incentives
PPL Team Quarterly Update
Learn about recent activities and upcoming events from the Plug and Process Load Tech Team.
Consortium for Energy Efficiency: Distribution Transformer Initiative
The purpose of this Initiative is to drive market demand for high efficiency through assisting member programs to overcome barriers like first cost, split incentives, and absence of a consistent definition for high-performance.
DOE Appliance and Equipment Standards Program
The Building Technologies Office (BTO) implements minimum energy conservation standards for more than 60 categories of appliances and equipment. This program provides a resource to help consumers make informed decisions when selecting products in order to save energy and money.
Meet the Technology Expert
Dr. Kim Trenbath is a Research Engineer in the Building Technologies and Science Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). She leads the Better Buildings Plug and Process Loads (PPL) Technology Research Team and researches how advanced technologies can reduce PPL energy use in commercial buildings. The PPL Technology Research Team also includes Ms. Amy Lebar, Ms. Robin Tuttle, and Mr. Omkar Ghatpande. The team is transforming the PPL efficiency market through research and applied approaches. If you have PPL questions or would like more information on the PPL Team, please contact Dr. Trenbath, Ms. LeBar, Ms. Tuttle, and Mr. Ghatpande at PPL@nrel.gov.