California Energy Commission (CEC)
Public Interest Energy Research (PIER)

PIER is one of California’s key vehicles for driving the success of new technology to lower building energy use. SPEED is PIER’s central channel to the end-user—its technology demonstrations validating performance and producing valuable data on PIER-developed solutions. Field results are applied to improve product design, identify new applications and estimate market potential. SPEED is a critical component of PIER’s mission to accelerate new technology adoption to achieve the state’s energy and sustainability goals. Visit website »

California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE)

CIEE provides SPEED with the strategic vision and entrepreneurial skill necessary for its success. The Institute acts as a system-wide portal for UC technology research, development and demonstration resources, working closely with manufacturers, vendors and demonstration hosts, and leading technology prioritization for the SPEED program. CIEE's work addresses a wide range of building energy efficiency opportunities, seeking to coordinate technology solutions and organizing the expanding portfolio of technology transfer information developed through SPEED. SPEED utilizes the core strengths of CIEE to achieve its mission—driving the market adoption of energy efficient solutions. Visit website »

California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC)

Lighting technologies make up more than half of SPEED-demonstrated energy efficient solutions. This is largely due to the exceptional work of CLTC, a preeminent organization in the lighting field. Focused on the development and commercialization of energy efficient lighting and daylighting technologies, the Center provides essential expertise in the fabrication and evaluation of SPEED demonstrations while using its close contacts with manufacturers to drive product development. CLTC’s experienced staff develops informative case studies and other effective technology transfer materials that help educate stakeholders. An important facet of the CLTC’s work, SPEED projects are a key avenue for bringing pioneering lighting technology solutions into the marketplace. Visit website »

Western Cooling Efficiency Center (WCEC)

Air conditioning is responsible for a quarter of California’s summer peak electricity use, having a major impact on our electricity grid. Reducing this energy load through climate-appropriate technology is the mission of the burgeoning WCEC, which plays a key role in advancing PIER solutions to cost-effectively improve the performance of building cooling systems. The Center provides expertise on the status and viability of PIER technology and in the development, evaluation and documentation of SPEED demonstrations, its broad capabilities enabling WCEC to contribute to other non-lighting program efforts as well. As a key liaison with manufacturers and vendors, WCEC advises SPEED on technology viability and status. SPEED supports a critical aspect of the WCEC portfolio oriented toward bridging the gap between technology development and deployment. Visit website »

University of California (UC) Campuses

UC campuses have been SPEED’s primary demonstration partners, providing a rich culture of learning and innovation and a passion for pioneering research. The campuses have played host to the majority of SPEED projects, validating and evaluating PIER technologies. These venues offer an opportunity for deploying multiple technologies across large building complexes, with a range of facility types from housing and food service to laboratories and data centers. This provides a highly efficient venue for field testing, demonstrating, and showcasing new technology, helping SPEED maximize its return on public investment and more effectively drive market adoption. SPEED and the UC Policy on Sustainable Practices both originated in 2004, with strong policy provisions helping to catalyze collaboration between PIER and UC campuses. Visit website »

Other valued partners...

Numerous other valued partners contribute to SPEED’s diverse and strategic mix of technology applications that drive energy efficiency and savings. Among them, the Food Service Technology Center, one of SPEED's original partners, provides expertise on kitchen related technologies including demand control ventilation. Rounding out participation from the public higher education sector, California State University Campuses and California Community colleges have hosted many SPEED projects. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has contributed several special technology transfer projects including support for monitoring-based commissioning deployment, as well as coordinating field-testing and demonstration of data center cooling technology.

Collaborative Partnership – Essential to Success
The SPEED market impact model is built on collaboration—its success linked to essential partners who play key roles in funding, management, research, and technology development.

From state agencies that provide policy vision and funding support, to UC research centers that contribute world-class technical skills and demonstration hosts that showcase technology performance, SPEED creatively leverages the strengths and expertise of a diverse set of partners to improve the performance and marketability of pioneering technology and drive widespread use of energy-efficient solutions.