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Proposed facility smart grid standard open for public review

Goal is common way to describe, manage, communicate about electrical energy consumptions, forecasts

August 13, 2015 |
Proposed facility smart grid standard open for public review

Photo: Chris Hunkeler/Creative Commons

A proposed standard from ASHRAE and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) to create smart facilities supporting smart grids is open for public review from Aug. 7 until Oct. 6, 2015.

Part of an international effort, the project aims to provide a common basis for electrical energy consumers to describe, manage and communicate about electrical energy consumptions and forecasts. The proposed standard defines an object-oriented information model to enable appliances and control systems in homes, buildings, and industrial facilities to manage electrical loads and generation sources in response to communication with the smart electrical grid and to communicate information about those electrical loads to utility and other electrical service providers.

The standard is being considered for adoption as an international standard through the International Organization for Standardization. In addition, the standard coordinates with and uses content from the International Electrotechnical Commission’s Common Information Model (CIM) standards. It also coordinates with the North American Energy Standards Board’s basic energy usage data model standard, informally known as Green Button, that facilitates consumer access to energy usage information for homes and commercial and industrial buildings.

ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201P, Facility Smart Grid Information Model can be read and commented upon here.

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