Big ideas to reduce growing energy use in consumer electronics – an industry perspective

An event sponsored by the California Energy Commission and the Green Technology Leadership Group on Wednesday, August 28 at The Citizen Hotel, 926 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Overall energy use from electronics like computers, set-top boxes, game consoles, and other devices is growing in California, nationally, and around the globe. In California, electronics represent the fastest growing segment of residential and commercial utility bills and their consumption is expected to increase 60 percent between 2010 and 2030 (Energy Information Administration, 2010). At the same time, major innovations are occurring in the consumer electronics industry that are already reducing energy use in individual devices and across multiple devices.

The California Energy Commission and the Green Technology Leadership Group are co-hosting the “Innovator Series” to highlight how innovation in the design, manufacture and sale of consumer electronics can help mitigate the rapid energy growth in this sector. Scaling up industry innovations will be necessary as California plans its long-term appliance efficiency standards efforts. GTLG and CEC discussed CEC’s appliance efficiency standard progress and “Big Ideas” from several companies at the cutting edge of new technologies that can change energy use trends in electronics through the billions of devices they produce each year.


3:00 - Opening Remarks and Introductions

  • Tony Brunello, Executive Director, Green Technology Leadership Group

3:10 - Promoting Innovation in Appliances

  • Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

3:30 - Big Ideas panel discussion and Q&A

  • Karen Herter, President, Herter Energy Research Solutions
  • Ian Ferguson, Vice President of Segment Marketing, ARM Holdings LLC
  • Rich Fassler, Manager of Energy Efficiency Programs, Power Integrations
  • Vojin Zivojnovic, President and CEO, Aggios Inc.

5:00 - Open wine and reception



Vojin Zivojnovic of Aggios, Inc., Assemblyman Steven Bradford, and Tony Brunello of Green Technology Leadership Group Rich Fassler of Power Integrations talks to G.P. Li of UC Irvine with Jamie Cutlip of SMUD and Pierre Delforge of NRDC in the backgroundmcallister1darylonsemi3John Wilson of Energy Foundation and Tony Brunello of Green Technology Leadership Group Evan Johnson and Tahawar Hussain of Green Technology Leadership GroupVojin Zivojnovic of Aggios, Inc. nickgenesisangelapeople2

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