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ASHRAE releases Smart Grid Application Guide

The guide outlines steps building owners and managers can take to save on utility bills, energy resource usage among other benefits.

January 31, 2020  By  Megan Hoegler

Created as part of ASHRAE  past-president Sheila J. Hayter’s 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.”

The guide details the 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 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 Guide will be available for purchase at the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference being held Feb. 1–5, at the Hilton Orlando, and is available online at 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.

This story was originally published on HPAC magazine’s website.

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