Peter Maloney, Microgrid Knowledge
The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a request for information (RFI) for grid-interactive technologies and services that provide energy savings and load flexibility for buildings.
The RFI, issued in coordination with the Department of Energy (DOE), is part of the Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) research being done at the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The GSA manages a portfolio 8,700 government owned or leased buildings.
The GEB program aims to use internet connectivity to save energy for both commercial and residential buildings, as well as make the buildings more responsive to electric grid conditions thereby enhancing the reliability of the entire grid.
Buildings consume about 75% of all electricity in the United States and are a key driver of the peak generating capacity required by utilities, according to the DOE.
Electrical loads in many buildings could be operated more flexibly and, through advanced controls, could be managed to operate at specific times and at different output levels.