Emerging Plug Load Management Technologies that Save Energy and Time

This fact sheet introduces two emerging technologies that could streamline plug load management (PLM) for increased energy savings for building owners: learning behavior algorithms (LBA) and automatic and dynamic load detection (ADLD). Plug loads are responsible for 47% of the energy consumed in commercial buildings, yet their distributed and ever-changing nature makes them challenging to manage. PLM systems exist today that use smart plugs to meter and control devices at the outlet level, but their uptake has been relatively slow in part because of the significant labor required for installation and maintenance. LBA and ADLD may address these challenges and provide additional energy efficiency and nonenergy benefits.

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2020-11-12
Resource Type: 
Fact Sheet