Under a national Smart Grid effort, the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association jointly are developing a standard that would provide a common basis for electrical-energy consumers to describe, manage and communicate information about electrical-energy consumption and forecasts. The first meeting on the proposed ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201P, Facility Smart Grid Information Model, is on Aug. 30 to Aug. 31 at ASHRAE headquarters in Atlanta. The goal is to define an object-oriented information model to enable appliances and control systems in buildings, homes and industrial facilities to manage lighting, heating, ventilating and air-conditioning loads and generation sources in response to communication with a “smart” electrical grid as well as communicate information about electrical loads to utilities and other electrical service providers. Both groups see the standard as a way to drive the development of a nationwide smart electrical grid while increasing energy efficiency, security and occupant productivity in facilities. The standard is part of ASHRAE’s supporting efforts for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, a public-private partnership initiated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The proposed standard’s developers will coordinate with the North American Energy Standards Board.
Electrical Energy Consumption and Forecasting Information Model Effort for Facilities Gears Up
August 18, 2010