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Government Agencies Team Up to Improve Load Management

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The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published a building blueprint designed to leverage new technology to better understand and respond to energy demands. The GSA, the largest landlord in the US, plans to work with federal energy agencies to incorporate intelligent sensors into buildings to better understand and respond to energy load.

The government is developing Grid Interactive Efficient Buildings, which create a two way communications channel between themselves and the electric grid. Relying on smart technologies, such as the Internet of Things, data analytics, and artificial intelligence, the smart buildings proactively manage electricity load.

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Potential Benefits Abound

The report includes best practices and guidance on how to integrate energy analysis procedures and technologies in five phases of a performance contract. The emerging work offers a number of potential benefits.

Utilities and building operators gain more visibility into energy usage patterns and then are able to do better job reacting to periods when demand is high or low.

Costs can be lowered. Federal agencies are able provide building amenities while minimizing expenses.

Renewable energy usage can be encouraged. The government can invest in renewable energy sources and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

Technology has been moving at a breakneck pace. A number of items are coalescing to help federal government building managers gain more visibility and control over their energy needs. The government is taking steps that should help energy producers better manage energy load and building owners improve their energy service delivery.  

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