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Energy Interoperability Standards

Smart Buildings, Smart Grid

Toby ConsidineToby Considine
Systems Specialist,
Facility Services, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
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Earlier this month, Bill Cox of Cox Software Architects proposed the formation of a standard committee for Energy Interoperability at OASIS. The core of the proposed work is the definition of XML and Web services interactions for so-called Automated Demand Response, growing out of work at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Demand Response Research Center. The proposal comes from the context of many discussions in and related to the OpenADR Technical Advisory Group, GridWise Architecture Council, Grid-Interop, the NIST Smart Grid project, and GridEcon (an upcoming conference on the economics of the Smart Grid - ).

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The UCAIug, whose members are largely utilities and their suppliers, is an identified source of requirements, goals, data models and comments. Before chartering, the committee wishes to identify other stakeholders with other perspectives. Collaboration with other groups of stakeholders is actively being sought. Other stakeholders include energy market makers, Independent System Operators, and policy and regulatory groups.

Control Solutions, Inc Smart buildings are critical to the success of energy interoperability. Owners and integrators of smart buildings are invited to participate. The proposed committees work will be particularly important to those working on Net Zero Energy (NZE) buildings.

The proposed work offers a path to national and perhaps international markets for energy-responsive systems. Today, such communications are balkanized and suppliers must re-develop all core functionality for each state. A national standard is expected to speed innovation and adoption of new E-Tech products.

The original proposal can be found at  To join the list, send email to There is no commitment to join OASIS or participate in a technical committee.

The discussion is part of a broader effort within OASIS to apply applying the standards and methods of e-commerce to new energy. You can read about this effort, known as OASIS Blue, at

For information or inquiries about either the Energy Interoperability committee or about OASIS Blue, contact me.


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