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Very High Efficiency HVAC Systems

Project Launch Date: 01/01/2021

Commercial
Active

Partners: Institute for Market Transformation, Slipstream, Ventacity Systems, Fujitsu, Charles M. Stephens

This field evaluation examines electricity savings and cost effectiveness for retrofitting buildings with Very High Efficiency (VHE) HVAC systems. The project team is currently recruiting for 2021 demonstration sites. If you are a building owner interested in participating in the project, please email [email protected] or call 503-477-0851.

Hybrid Heat Pump Systems and Future Beneficial Electrification Opportunities

Project Launch Date: 12/01/2020

Cross Cutting
Active

Partner: Center for Energy and Environment

This research project will review various use cases for residential air source heat pumps and as well as a range of potential future measures related to electrification.

Innovations in Efficient Elevator Systems

Project Launch Date: 12/01/2020

Commercial
Active

Partners: 360 Energy Group, SEDAC, Kone Engineering

This research project explores potential energy savings from several measures related to modern elevator operation.

Flash Gas Condensers Field Study

Project Launch Date: 10/01/2020

Commercial
Active

Partner: DNV

This field evaluation will assess the potential savings of a refrigeration technology that may benefit ComEd commercial customers.

Liquid-Cooled Server Racks

Project Launch Date: 10/01/2020

Commercial
Active

Partners: Franklin Energy, LiquidCool

This field evaluation project examines the energy savings from a server rack using liquid immersion cooling.

Commercial Interior Insulated Shades

Project Launch Date: 09/01/2020

Commercial
Active

Partners: Illinois Institute of Technology, Parata Solutions LLC, Amatis Controls

This project is a field evaluation of an insulating shade system in conjunction with a building control system in a high-rise office building in Chicago.

Customer Targeting Through Normalized Metering Energy Consumption

Project Launch Date: 09/01/2020

Commercial
Active

Partners: Recurve Analytics, Power TakeOff

Two separate research projects for commercial and residential customers will explore how ComEd might use a normalized metered energy consumption approach to identify customers with high energy savings potential.

Indoor Agriculture Future Opportunities

Project Launch Date: 09/01/2020

Commercial
Active

Partners: Energy & Resource Solutions, ACEEE, D+R International, Resource Innovation Institute

This research project will help ComEd better promote energy efficiency to indoor agribusiness, determine the current marketplace’s baselines and standard practices and evaluate the challenges and opportunities the indoor agribusiness sector faces in the ComEd service territory.

Real-Time Virtual Commissioning

Project Launch Date: 09/01/2020

Commercial
Active

Partner: Power TakeOff

This project tests whether more granular usage data provided in real time can result in deeper energy savings for virtual commissioning projects.

Understanding Water Solution Providers

Project Launch Date: 09/01/2020

Cross Cutting
Active

Partner: Axiom Marketing Inc.

This research project seeks to deepen understanding of business goals and needs of water solution providers so ComEd can collaborate with them to implement significant water and energy savings.

Cooling Tower Future Opportunities

Project Launch Date: 08/01/2020

Cross Cutting
Active

Partners: Alliance for Water Efficiency, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

This field evaluation seeks to better understand energy savings and economic viability of switched reluctance motors in commercial and industrial HVAC applications in the ComEd service territory.

Variable Refrigerant Flow for Cold Climates

Project Launch Date: 08/01/2020

Commercial
Active

Partner: Slipstream

The project team is conducting research to determine whether and how cold-climate variable refrigerant flow systems could become an impactful ComEd Energy Efficiency Program measure.

Water Heating Technology Opportunities

Project Launch Date: 08/01/2020

Cross Cutting
Active

Partners: Evergreen Economics, GDS Associates

The project team will conduct research into water heating equipment technologies with significant energy savings and market potential for ComEd residential and commercial customers.

Fan Energy Index

Project Launch Date: 07/01/2020

Cross Cutting
Active

Partner: Slipstream

This research project examines the market readiness of the recently developed Fan Energy Index and identifies how to incorporate this index into the ComEd Energy Efficiency portfolio.

Smart Vents for HVAC Energy Savings

Project Launch Date: 07/01/2020

Residential
Complete

Partner: Slipstream

This project researched the state of internet-connected adjustable vent products (smart vents).

Municipal Water Infrastructure Leak Reduction

Project Launch Date: 06/01/2020

Industrial
Active

Partners: TRC, Rezatec

This project is designed to create water and energy savings by encouraging municipal infrastructure improvements.

Online Choice Engine Program Model

Project Launch Date: 06/01/2020

Residential
Active

Partner: Enervee

This project tests the evaluable energy savings impact associated with the Enervee Choice Engine platform and its potential fit for the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program.

Switched Reluctance Motors Field Evaluation

Project Launch Date: 06/01/2020

Commercial
Active

Partners: Slipstream, Turntide

This field evaluation seeks to better understand energy savings and economic viability of switched reluctance motors in commercial and industrial HVAC applications in the ComEd service territory.

Water Energy Savings with Strategic Energy Management

Project Launch Date: 06/01/2020

Industrial
Active

Partner: CLEAResult

ComEd’s Strategic Energy Management offering is testing how commercial and industrial customers can reduce their water consumption in addition to energy savings.

Illinois Building Energy Code Advancement

Project Launch Date: 05/01/2020

Cross Cutting
Complete

Partners: Slipstream, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

The project team researched the feasibility of achieving energy savings from a utility-led building stretch code and retrofit code/ordinance program.

Networked Lighting Controls Market Adoption Research

Project Launch Date: 04/01/2020

Commercial
Complete

Partner: ILLUME Advising

This research surveyed customers and energy efficiency service providers to understand the barriers and drivers to adopting networked lighting controls.

Permanent Magnet AC Motor Market Adoption Research

Project Launch Date: 04/01/2020

Commercial
Complete

Partner: ILLUME Advising

Qualitative research helped define the drivers and barriers for customers and energy efficiency service providers to adopting permanent magnetic alternating current fan motors in walk-in coolers and freezers.

Refrigeration Thermal Energy Storage

Project Launch Date: 04/01/2020

Commercial
Complete

Partner: Slipstream

This research project examined the savings potential and economic viability of thermal energy storage in commercial refrigeration applications.

Industrial EMIS

Project Launch Date: 02/01/2020

Industrial
Active

Partner: Leidos

This project tests new program design approaches for implementing energy management information systems that help industrial customers optimize their energy use.

Plug Load Research

Project Launch Date: 07/01/2019

Commercial
Complete

Partner: California Plug Load Research Center

This research identified and prioritized energy end uses with high-potential impact on plug load consumption, and assessed the effectiveness of different energy efficiency program design approaches on these device categories.

Home Energy Reports Target Rank

Project Launch Date: 06/01/2019

Income Eligible
Active

Partner: Oracle 

Oracle is field testing a Target Rank module in their Home Energy Reports for residential customers that aims to provide greater savings motivation than their Neighbor Comparison module.

Income Eligible Paging Display

Project Launch Date: 05/01/2019

Income Eligible
Active

This project aims to provide a simple and inexpensive real-time messaging channel to ComEd customers without requiring access to the internet, smartphones, computers or similar devices.

Passive House

Project Launch Date: 05/01/2019

Income Eligible
Complete

Partners: Slipstream, Latin United Community Housing Association

This project studied the energy savings and non-energy benefits of the Passive House standard in affordable new construction multi-family buildings.

Energy Efficiency in Two-to-Four-Unit Buildings

Project Launch Date: 04/01/2019

Income Eligible
Complete

Partner: Elevate Energy

This market assessment of small residential buildings in the ComEd service territory focused on two-to-four-unit buildings to identify new energy-saving opportunities for retrofits and new construction.

Home Energy Reports Paperless Experience

Project Launch Date: 04/01/2019

Residential
Active

Partner: Oracle

This field test of monthly electronic Home Energy Reports and High Bill Alerts for residential customers by Oracle will help determine whether savings can be generated in a more cost-effective manner.

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