DLC | Networked Lighting Controls | Smart Lighting | Sep 01, 2023

Future Proofing Energy Efficiency with Networked Lighting Controls

The report titled "Economic Potential of Networked Lighting Controls in Commercial Buildings" is a comprehensive analysis conducted by NV5 for the DesignLights Consortium. It delves into the viability and impact of integrating networked lighting controls (NLCs) in commercial infrastructures. Focusing on two representative states, Connecticut and Arizona, the study aims to understand the economic implications and benefits of adopting NLCs in the modern commercial sector.

In the study on the economic potential of Networked Lighting Controls (NLCs) in commercial buildings, significant energy savings are projected by 2030. For Connecticut, commercial buildings can achieve a reduction in electric energy consumption by nearly 10%. Additionally, NLCs have the potential to decrease the 2030 peak demand by approximately 1.8%. When integrated with HVAC systems, NLCs can further reduce the state's 2030 natural gas consumption by 1.3%. The cumulative economic electric savings for the NLC Replacement scenario in Connecticut by 2030 is projected to be 1,064 GWh.

On the other hand, in Arizona, there's a potential to reduce electric energy consumption in commercial buildings by 5%. The state can also expect a reduction in the 2030 peak demand by about 0.7% with the adoption of NLCs. Furthermore, integrating NLCs with HVAC systems can lead to a 0.5% reduction in natural gas consumption by 2030. It's noteworthy that while the energy savings potential is evident in both the NLC Replacement and Controls-Ready Replacement scenarios, the latter achieves its maximum savings 5 years later due to the retrofitting assumptions made in the study.

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