Plug & Process Loads
Plug & Process Loads
Plug and process loads (PPLs) consume about one-third 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 food service businesses.
The Plug and Process Load Team occasionally contributes articles about new developments and technologies on the Better Buildings Beat Blog
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.
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Technical Specifications for Advanced Power Strips SpecificationThis specification provides detailed selection criteria for five major APSs, and sets standards for modeling APSs. It is intended to help those who procure APSs select the most effective models for their commercial buildings.
Plug Load Efficiency Utility Incentives Policies and IncentivesDownload this list of incentives and rebates for plug and process load controls that are offered by utilities across the country.
Commercial Buildings Resource Database
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) publications related to commercial buildings, including plug and process load resources.
ENERGY STAR Tools and Resources Library
Tools and resources on implementing a successful energy management strategy.
ENERGY STAR Purchasing and Procurement
An ENERGY STAR resource on purchasing efficient products to reduce energy costs without compromising quality. Learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified products and specify them in your purchasing policies and contracts.
Energy-Efficient Product Procurement
Federal agencies are required to procure energy-efficient products. This Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) resource includes trainings, seminars, and publications to help Federal purchasers identify energy- and water-efficient products.
Net Zero Blueprint
This High Performance Buildings article discusses the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NRELs) replicable approach to achieve a large reduction in building energy use and adopt a net-zero energy approach for large-scale commercial buildings without increasing cost.
GSA’s Plug Load Management Suite
The General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) Plug Load Management Suite contains information to help facility managers manage energy use and minimize energy loads used by equipment plugged into outlets. GSA’s Suite contains research-based solutions that address key challenges related to plug load management.
GSA’s Flyers of Green Proving Ground Results
The General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) Green Proving Ground program conducts demonstrations of various technologies and provides summaries of results. The following one-pagers may be useful for identifying solutions for plug and process energy loads:
- Integrated Lighting Systems, Plug Load Controls, Occupant Responsive Lighting, and Wireless Sensor Networks
Sustainable Facilities Tool
The GSA’s Sustainable Facilities Tool offers useful sustainable guidance and tools for a variety of roles, including facility manager, leasing specialist, procurement professional and project manager. The tool may provide useful information for incorporating PPL strategies and technologies for your role, including a Green Products Compilation for procuring more energy efficient plug and process load equipment.
Meet the Technology Expert
Dr. Kim Trenbath is a Research Engineer in the Buildings and Thermal Sciences Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where she has worked since 2013. She leads the Better Buildings Alliance Plug and Process Loads Technical Research Team, and researches how advanced technologies can reduce plug load energy use in commercial buildings. Her other current research includes fault detection and diagnostics and zero energy buildings. Dr. Trenbath co-manages the ongoing buildings-related JUMP into STEM student competition. Dr. Trenbath has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, a M.S. in Industrial Engineering, and a B.E. in Civil Engineering. Dr. Trenbath is also an adjunct professor at the Colorado School of Mines. If you would like more information on the PPL Team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.