The Clean Energy and Transactive Campus project (CETC) is a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)-led, pioneering partnership that realizes opportunities at the buildings–grid nexus for improved reliability, consumer benefits, and energy efficiency. The project, launched in 2016, was the first of its kind to test demand-side transactive controls at a scale involving multiple commercial buildings and devices.
The PNNL-developed distributed sensing and control platform VOLTTRON™, now an open-source project within the Eclipse Foundation, serves as CETC’s cornerstone technology. PNNL researchers combine VOLTTRON™ with CETC-developed methods to deliver improved building energy management and grid reliability. The methods are deployed and tested in PNNL buildings.
The project has delivered several technology accomplishments:
The multi-year CETC effort was initially supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Washington State's Clean Energy Fund and included the University of Washington and Washington State University. The University of Toledo later joined the project.
DOE’s Building Technologies Office continues to support CETC activities, which are advancing research, development, and demonstration of transactive controls for energy management.
View CETC brochure.