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New research on lighting controls reveals demand reductions of up to 35% without affecting building occupants.

Sacramento, CA, April, 2011 – The California Energy Commission announces the release of its latest report on lighting controls titled “Lighting the Way to Demand Response.” The California Energy Commission funded the research on this new, enabling technology through its Public Interest Energy Research program (PIER).  Researchers from Southern California Edison (SCE) and the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) joined efforts to explore the most cost effective ways to reduce peak demand through implementing a lighting controls system.  With the trend toward increased electricity pricing during higher demand periods, the appeal of lighting controls system attracts more commercial building tenants, owners and managers.  These new lighting systems can reduce demand up to 35% without a noticeable effect on commercial building occupants.

The California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program was created as a result of this project, giving electricians an opportunity to ensure easier installation of these lighting controls systems.  According to Doug Avery, Project Manager at Southern California Edison, the new program is “starting to go nationwide.  Jobs are smoother than they were in the past and the difference is light years.”

PlantPROCOREThe new report on SCE and CLTC’s findings on lighting controls systems provides electricians and energy managers with a practical solution to reduce peak demand.  By implementing such a system, commercial spaces can expect to reduce their electricity costs. The Technical Brief on these findings is available online at E Source under the “Lighting Controls” category. 

For additional information, contact Jenny Field at  jenny_field@esource.com.

Buildings End-Use Energy Efficiency is a program area of the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program. PIER supports energy research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects that are helping to improve the quality of life in California by bringing environmentally safe, affordable and reliable energy services and products to the marketplace.

















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