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University project aims to reduce energy demand at the plug

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded a $1 million grant to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) to demonstrate the benefits of integrating smart plug load controls into existing building energy management systems.

The university will install and integrate 2,500 Bert Smart Plugs with Johnson Controls' Metasys Building Automation System in 10 campus buildings. The project aims to demonstrate that integrating advanced smart plug load controls with an existing building automation system can cut building plug load energy usage by 20% and facilitate load shifting.

The winning grant application was submitted by the university’s Center for Energy Research, which creates flexible demand approaches for the growing challenges of energy supply, distribution, and utilization.

By plugging devices into the IoT-enabled smart plugs or wiring circuits, commercial buildings can remotely manage and monitor devices while collecting building data from loads ranging from 120V/15A to 277V/20A.


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