Energy Aware Devices: Study of Policy Opportunities

Energy Aware Devices: Study of Policy Opportunities

TitleEnergy Aware Devices: Study of Policy Opportunities
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBruce Nordman, Alan K Meier
Date Published10/2016
Abstract

Saving energy in buildings has always suffered from a lack of detailed information on howmuch each individual device within a building actually uses. The topic of “energy aware”devices covers a set of technologies that can reveal data on each individual energy-usingproduct. This report presents information and analysis of policy and program opportunitiesto reduce electricity use by encouraging devices to become energy aware. Its key findingsare that:• Energy aware devices are a key opportunity for more efficient building operation• Energy aware devices can reduce costs for developing some energy policies and leadto better results• Energy aware devices can be used for cost-effective monitoring and evaluation ofenergy efficiency projects and programs• Energy aware devices can be implemented for relatively low cost• Recommended policy actions are:o Work to guide technology development in this areao Establish minimum standards for energy aware device capabilitieso Incorporate energy awareness requirements into voluntary programso Set out a path to incorporating energy awareness requirements intomandatory standards• Policies and technologies in this area should respect consumer privacy• EDNA and the Connected Devices Alliance (CDA) can serve an important role topromote and coordinate policy in this area globally, to:o Work with standards organizations on communication protocolso Sponsor the development of free, open source management system softwareo Act as a global coordinator of policies and programs that promote energyaware devices.In this report, “energy aware” refers to the capability of a device to measure or estimate itsown power and energy use. “Energy reporting” refers to the capability of an energy awaredevice to report its power and energy use via a communications network.

URLhttps://www.iea-4e.org/document/395/energy-aware-devices-study-of-policy-opportunities