Research and Technology Action Plan 

The Research and Technology Action Plan outlines strategies for research, development and deployment of energy efficient technologies and approaches in support of the "Big Bold Energy Efficiency Strategies" (BBEES) outlined in the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan 2008.

The Action Plan document is available here and the appendices to the main document are available here.


Developed in 2008 as part of the Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, the BBEES include: 

  1. All new residential construction will be zero net energy by 2020;  
  2. All new commercial construction will be zero net energy by 2030;  
  3. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) will be transformed to ensure that its energy performance is optimal to California’s climate;  
  4. All eligible low-income customers will be given the opportunity to participate in low income energy efficiency programs by 2020.  

The Research and Technology chapter of the Strategic Plan outlines two primary goals:

Goal 1: Create demand pull and set the research agenda to pursue both incremental and game changing energy efficiency technology innovations.  

Goal 2: Conduct targeted emerging technologies R&D to support the Big, Bold Energy Efficiency Strategies/Programmatic Initiatives and integrated energy solutions goals. 

The Action Plan which was developed through stakeholder input addresses these goals through identifying four key areas for initial focus: Integrated Building Design; Market Intelligence and Consumer Acceptance; Plug Loads; and Advanced HVAC technologies. The plan outlines strategies to pursue under each of these areas.

Energy division hosted an informational webinar which outlined the key points of the plan on August 28, 2013. 

Webinar slides 

Webinar recording (25mb)

To let us know your area(s) of interest and receive updates, please email Paula Gruendling ( or Smita Gupta ( 

Immigration Guide