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by Rois Langner (NREL), Sormeh Konjkav (Waypoint Building Group) and Marta Schantz (Waypoint Building Group) on Apr 25, 2017
Over the past three years, the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance Plug and Process Loads (PPL) Technical Solutions Team has tracked utility incentives and rebates for PPL efficiency solutions across the nation. To hit regulatory targets and promote energy efficiency, utilities offer...
by Marta Schantz, Waypoint Building Group; Sormeh Konjkav Waypoint Building Group; Rois Langner, NREL on Jan 03, 2017
Chances are the commercial building you work in or manage consumes excess energy by drawing power from appliances when not in use. In fact, the General Services Administration estimates that 25% of commercial plug load electricity is lost to these “phantom” loads.  An easy solution to reduce...
by Rois Langner, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Marta Schantz, Waypoint Building, and Sormeh Konjkav, Waypoint Building on Oct 27, 2016
Garlic may keep vampires from sucking your blood, but what’s keeping vampires loads from sucking your energy? Plug and Process Loads (PPLs) account for 33% of U.S. commercial building energy use. A portion of that energy can be attributed to vampire or phantom loads: energy use from electric...
by Rois Langner, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Marta Schantz, Waypoint on Sep 16, 2016
Reducing plug load energy use in a multi-tenant office can be a challenge. Balancing tenant engagement with technology installation and everything in between takes careful planning, execution, and good communication – and the benefits of these efforts have not been well documented. To better...
by Rois Langner, National Renewable Energy Laboratory on Jun 15, 2016
How much do you really know about controlling Plug and Process Loads with Advanced Power Strips? Plug and Process Loads (PPLs) account for about one-third of the energy consumed in commercial buildings. That equates to $56 billion a year. A new technology has emerged to help reduce that number by...
by Rois Langner, Better Buildings Alliance Technology Team Lead on Jan 14, 2016
Plug and process loads (PPLs) consume nearly one-third of primary energy in U.S. commercial buildings, and their energy use is projected to grow as the number and intensity of plug-in devices continue to increase. Fortunately, there are numerous easy-to-implement strategies to control and reduce...