Electric Plug Load Savings Potential of Commercial Foodservice Equipment

Project Goals


The primary goals of this research-based demonstration project were to assess the energy load and energy reduction potential of unventilated commercial plug load foodservice equipment, characterize equipment usage through field monitoring at a variety of commercial kitchens in Northern California, and demonstrate reduced energy consumption through the use of pre-commercial appliance designs and control technologies.

Frontier Energy, Inc. conducted the technical study as part of the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (CEC-PIER) through the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program.

Participating Sites

  • Restaurants
  • Cafeterias
  • Hotels

Energy Savings with Advanced Plug Load Equipment

% savings

Conveyor Toaster
w/ Energy-Saving Mode
% savings

Espresso Machine
w/ Automatic Shutoff Timer
% savings

Soup Warmer
% savings

Hot Plate

Case Studies

Caffe 817
Oakland, CA
Mills Founders Commons
Oakland, CA
Cafe Gabriela
Oakland, CA

The Kitchen of the Future: Plug Loads Presentation



Plug Load Project Introduction

California Plug Load Research Center Workshop (CalPlug)
UC Irvine - November 9th, 2016

CEC's EPIC Plug Load Collaborative Meeting

CEC's EPIC Plug Load Collaborative Meeting
Food Service Technology Center
September 27th, 2017

Plug Load
Project Update

Technical Advisory Committee Update Meeting
Food Service Technology Center
April 5th, 2018

Plug Load
Project Overview

Performance Foodservice Sales & Vendor Showcase
Food Service Technology Center
June 1st, 2018

Reducing Energy Consumption in CFS Equipment

Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED)
Webinar - October 23rd, 2019

Technical Advisory Committee

  • Brad Meister
    California Energy Commission
  • Melisa Marks, CFSP
    Southern California Gas Company
  • Raveena Wisham
    San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Andre Saldivar, CEM, CFSP, CMVP
    Southern California Edison
  • Charlie Souhrada, CFSP
  • Brian Ward
    Target Market & Media Services
  • Jeffrey Clark
    National Restaurant Association (NRA)
  • Juliann Rodgers
    CKE Restaurants, Inc.
  • Rob Carr
    McDonald's Corporation
  • Don Fisher
    Fisher-Consultants, LLC
  • Judy Nickel
    Fisher-Consultants, LLC
  • Beth Lorenzini
    Foodservice Equipment Reports Magazine
  • Mary McEnroe
    Silicon Valley Power

Plug Load Team Members

  • David Zabrowski
    Project Manager, Frontier Energy
  • Mark Finck
    Principal Investigator, Frontier Energy
  • Denis Livchak
    Frontier Energy
  • Edward Ruan
    Frontier Energy
  • Richard Young
    Frontier Energy
  • Angelo Karas
    Frontier Energy
  • Monica Molana
    Project Administrator, Frontier Energy
  • Karen Ravipaty
    Frontier Energy
  • Kiana Caban
    Tech Transfer, Frontier Energy
  • Nancy Barba
    Administrator, Frontier Energy


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  • Contributing
  • Participating