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ASHRAE Releases Smart Grid Application Guide: Integrating Facilities with the Electric Grid

January 29, 2020

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ASHRAE Releases Smart Grid Application Guide: Integrating Facilities with the Electric Grid
 
ATLANTA (January 29, 2020) – ASHRAE announced the release of its Smart Grid Application Guide: Integrating Facilities with the Electric Grid
 
Created as part of 2018-19 ASHRAE President Sheila J. Hayter's presidential initiative, the Smart Grid Application Guide provides building owners, managers and designers with guidance on the smart grid, applicable smart grid standards and regulations, as well as the design and operation of systems in this emerging industry.
 
"Harnessing the opportunities smart grid systems provide for creating more flexible and dynamic building systems is an integral part of our new energy future," said Hayter.  "This guide was specifically designed to help building professionals navigate the steps needed to prepare a building for the smart grid."

Both the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and the OpenADR Alliance were heavily involved in working with ASHRAE on the development of the guide.
 
"The transformation to a smart grid has already begun," said Steven Bushby, Fellow ASHRAE, chair of the guide's ad hoc committee and leader of the Mechanical Systems and Controls Group of the Energy and Environment Division of NIST's Engineering Laboratory. "The Smart Grid Application Guide is a resource to help building professionals understand what is happening during this transformation and the opportunities they can take advantage of now and in the future."
 
The guide details the concrete steps needed to prepare a building – whether new construction or renovation – for integration with the smart grid. It covers wide variety of topics, including:
  • Navigating regulatory environments that affect deployment of the smart grid
  • Strategies to accrue benefits
  • Utility bill savings and potential revenue streams
  • Behind-the-meter distributed energy resources
  • Demand-side management
  • Customer aggregation for demand response
  • Considerations for single- and multiple facility design and operations
  • Microgrids 
  • Meeting building needs during interruptions to grid services
  • Constraints on deployment options
The Smart Grid Application Guide will be available for purchase at the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference being held Feb. 1–5, at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Fla. It can also be purchased online at www.ashrae.org/bookstore or by contacting the ASHRAE Customer Contact Center at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada), 404-636-8400 (worldwide) or fax 678-539-2129.
 
For more information, visit https://www.ashrae.org/technical-resources.
 
About ASHRAE
Founded in 1894, ASHRAE is a global professional society committed to serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and their allied fields. 
 
As an industry leader in research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE and its members are dedicated to promoting a healthy and sustainable built environment for all, through strategic partnerships with organizations in the HVAC&R community and across related industries. 
 
For more information and to stay up-to-date on ASHRAE, visit ashrae.org and connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
About SEPA
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is dedicated to helping electric power stakeholders address the most pressing issues they encounter as they pursue the transition to a clean and modern electric future and a carbon-free energy system by 2050.
 
We are a trusted partner providing education, research, standards, and collaboration to help utilities, electric customers, and other industry players across four pathways: Transportation Electrification, Grid Integration, Regulatory Innovation and Utility Business Models. Through educational activities, working groups, peer-to-peer engagements and advisory services, SEPA convenes interested parties to facilitate information exchange and knowledge transfer to offer the highest value for our members and partner organizations. For more information, visit www.sepapower.org.
 
About OpenADR Alliance
The OpenADR Alliance, a nonprofit corporation created to foster the development, adoption and compliance of the OpenADR standard, helps utilities manage the growing pool of customer cited DERs, which include renewable energy, energy storage, DSM assets, and EVSEs. The OpenADR standard supports secure communications to certified systems to manage changes in load shape, energy inputs and power characteristics. For more information, visit: www.openadr.org


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