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Plug Load Energy Management (Pittsburgh)

Plug Load Energy Management (Pittsburgh)

This team will showcase its deployment of smart plugs on various devices in buildings. The city has installed pilot “smart plugs” which are inserted between a wall outlet and electrical devices and transmit power output data via Wi-Fi to a portal on a mobile device or desktop. Using the plugs and a management system, the city can monitor power consumption in city buildings and determine what devices are top energy users. The user can also turn off power to a particular device remotely – enabling the city and citizens to reduce energy consumption and save money. To date, through a pilot, the city has found that soda vending machines and coffee pots used the most electricity. When power to those devices was managed through smart plugs, it saved the city money. The city is looking at a 50 percent average in savings using plug load controls year over year.

Project milestone

Commercialized

Idea Complete
Prototype Complete
In Development
Deployed
Commercialized

Impact statement

Building owners and operators save on energy and operational costs in an easy, user friendly way that is scalable by seamlessly measuring and controlling power down to the plug load. When aggregated, utilities can have access to virtual capacity demand response purposes down to the plug load while providing less pollution.