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Facility Smart Grid Information Model Standard Under Public Review

Facility Smart Grid Information Model Standard Under Public Review

The standard, BSR/ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201P, has a 60-Day Public Review Period from Aug. 7, 2015, to Oct. 6, 2015.

The Standard 201 Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM) is now in its public review period. The purpose of this standard is to define an abstract, object-oriented information model to enable appliances and control systems in homes, buildings, and industrial facilities to manage electrical loads and generation sources in response to communication with a “smart” electrical grid and to communicate information about those electrical loads to utility and other electrical service providers.

This model provides the basis for common information exchange between control systems and end-use devices found in single - and multi-family homes, commercial and institutional buildings, and industrial facilities that is independent of the communication protocol in use. It provides a common basis for electrical energy consumers to describe, manage, and communicate about electrical energy consumption and forecasts.

The model defines a comprehensive set of data objects and actions that support a wide range of energy management applications and electrical service provider interactions including:

  • on-site generation,
  • demand response,
  • electrical storage,
  • peak demand management,
  • forward power usage estimation,
  • load shedding capability estimation,
  • end load monitoring (sub metering),
  • power quality of service monitoring,
  • utilization of historical energy consumption data, and
  • direct load control.

The FSGIM was developed in the context of a much larger framework of smart grid standards. It builds on some of those standards in a way that is intended to maintain consistency and harmony with established and developing standards that impact the information needed to managing the facility, while at the same time capturing all of the key information needed in one place.

If the smart grid is to become a reality there must be smart facilities of all types that interact with it. The considerable time and talent that went into developing the FSGIM was invested in order to lay a solid foundation upon which to fulfill this vision.

This draft has been recommended for an advisory public review by the responsible project committee. To submit a comment on this proposed standard, go to the ASHRAE website and access the online comment database. The draft is subject to modification until it is approved for full public review.

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