Microsoft, IBM and Cisco back energy standard initiative


Microsoft, IBM and Cisco back energy standard initiative

Cliff Saran

IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, Tibco and the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), are among several organisations collaborating on a standard for energy use.

The international open standards consortium, Oasis, has formed a new group to enable the collaborative and transactive use of energy. The Oasis Energy Interoperation Technical Committee will develop web services-based information and communication models for exchanging dynamic pricing, reliability, and emergency signals.

"Dynamic pricing is key to addressing the growing needs for lower-carbon, lower-energy buildings, and net zero-energy systems," said David Holmberg of NIST, co-chair of the Oasis Energy Interoperation Technical Committee. "For energy providers and consumers to engage in dynamic pricing, we need standards that support automated, timely, and secure communication of pricing, capacity, and other grid information."

William Cox, co-chair of the Oasis Energy Interoperation Technical Committee, said, "By enabling consistent data communication technology, the same model will be able to be used for homes, small businesses, commercial buildings, industrial facilities, and electric vehicles. The same communications could be used inside and outside microgrids in office parks, college campuses, and green neighbourhoods."

The new Oasis committee will base its work on the Open Automated Demand Response Communication Standards (OpenADR), donated by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Demand Response Research Center. The project has been identified as a central deliverable for the US government's strategic SmartGrid initiative to create a smart and secure electric power grid using open standards.

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