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Standards Needed for Home Energy Systems

One challenge in building smart energy systems is a lack of standardization. Think of building a new adapter every time you needed to plug a device into an electrical outlet. What a waste of time that would be.


Well, that is the something that equipment vendors and utility companies need to do whenever they add intelligence to energy devices. The software needed to collect information, identify it in a consistent manner, and then move it from place to place is under development. Vendors, like Amazon Web Services and Google, have provided Application Programming Interfaces to their solutions, but they were designed in a vacuum. Perhaps, another vendor did a better job?   


Another problem is there is no clear standards group to take on the work. Through the years, a variety of ad-hoc consortiums, such as IEEE and Wi-Fi Forum, emerged to create select standards, but none are look at all of the elements that utilities need in order to empower consumers choice and open up the energy market. Until such hurdles are cleared, the lack of standard interfaces will exacerbate development, create barriers, and slow market acceptance.  

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