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CalNEXT: Technology Lightning Round

February 29 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

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CalNEXT, California’s statewide, third-party implemented electric emerging technologies program, launched in 2022 with the objective of transferring new claimable energy efficiency and decarbonization measures into the state’s investor-owned utility (IOU) portfolios through completion of at least 170 emerging technology research studies over a period of six years.

Since the program launch, the CalNEXT implementation team has refreshed Technology Priority Maps in HVAC, Lighting, Plug Loads and Appliances, Process Loads, Water Heating and Whole Buildings, and initiated and/or completed 61 research projects, with a focus on key state policy drivers including decarbonization, load flexibility and equity.

This webinar will provide background on CalNEXT and a lightning round of presentations on 3 completed and 3 in-progress studies that specifically advance decarbonization and/or include load flexibility attributes or capabilities.

Webinar Details:

  • Decarbonization and Load Flex Research Lighting Round:
    CalNEXT Program overview, priorities, and how to participate – Energy Solutions
  • Industrial Heat Pumps Market Study – AESC
  • Market Potential for Heat Pump Assisted Hot Water Systems in Food Service Facilities – TRC
  • Market Study of Household Electric Infrastructure Upgrade Alternatives for Electrification – VEIC
  • Packaged Central CO2 Heat Pump Water Heater Multifamily Demonstration – AESC/ASK Energy
  • Standardized HVAC Control Sequence Savings Calculator – TRC
  • Tech Evaluation of Air-to-Water Heat Pumps – VEIC
  • Learning Objectives:
    Understand portfolio priorities in CalNEXT to encourage new program idea submittals
  • Share relevant emerging technology studies and results for application beyond California
  • Encourage research collaboration and sharing between emerging technology efforts nationally to reduce redundancy and accelerate desired outcomes.


    Cassidee Kido

    Cassidee Kido

    Energy Solutions, Senior Project Manager, Business Strategy Team

    Cassidee Kido is a Senior Project Manager on Energy Solutions’ Business Strategy Team where she leads the implementation of the California Statewide Electric Emerging Technologies Program and supports the ComEd Customer Solutions Innovation Program. She has led the development of multiple Title 20 CASE reports and various local reach codes and has field experience with installing EV charging management software

    for fleets. Cassidee received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering and now focuses on leading her teams through strategic planning and process management.

    Colin Lee

    Colin Lee

    AESC, Senior Engineer

    Colin Lee is a Senior Engineer at Alternative Energy Systems Consulting, supporting the CalNEXT statewide electric emerging technologies program. Colin holds dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Business and Chemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. His current focus of work is on industrial energy efficiency and decarbonization. He has over 7 years of experience working in the utilities, chemicals, and medical device industries.

    Abhijeet Pande

    Abhijeet Pande

    TRC, Vice President Research and Technology Commercialization

    Mr. Pande leads a team of consultants and partners on work that focuses on maximizing energy savings through developing holistic approaches that combine innovative efficiency solutions, emerging technologies, demand response, renewable energy generation and other distributed energy resources. A focus of his work is ‘tech to market’ initiatives that move innovative ideas into the marketplace through demonstrations, programs and codes.

    Rebecca Rothman

    Rebecca Rothman

    VEIC, Manager, Consulting

    Rebecca is an expert in civil and environmental engineering with specializations in sustainable solutions in the built environment. She excels at strategic planning, process improvement, and management of diverse, multidisciplinary teams. She has extensive experience in regulatory interpretation and permitting. Based in California, Rebecca

    leads VEIC’s participation in CalNEXT, the state’s Emerging Electric Technology program. She provides strategic planning, leads research projects, and heads a team of technical professionals overseeing the research project selection process.

    MM Valmiki

    MM Valmiki

    ASK Energy, Senior Engineer

    For ten years, Valmiki has been leading and contributing to energy efficiency and demand side management efforts for California utilities, California regulators, and the Energy Trust of Oregon. This has included the planning, leading, and delivery of multiple emerging technology evaluations in a variety of commercial, industrial, and residential settings. Valmiki has also led Title 24 and ASHRAE 90.1 codes and standards development for new industrial covered process measures, engaging with utility companies, regulators, manufacturers, end-users, researchers, and other affected parties


    February 29
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
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