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Smart Buildings Exchange to tackle grid-interactive efficient buildings

July 1, 2021
Grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEB) are changing the historic relationship between the electric utility and the buildings they serve.

A conversation about the role of smarter buildings in a changing energy landscape will be held at the free virtual Smart Buildings Exchange, to be held this August 24-25.

During Day 1 of the online event, in a seminar at 10:30 a.m. titled Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings, experts from the utility and building owner/manager sectors will discuss grid-interactive efficient buildings and the opportunities they provide for performance and accelerating smart cities and the clean energy transition.

As explained by the event's executive summary:

Grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEB) are changing the historic relationship between the electric utility and the buildings they serve. Today, utilities face unprecedented challenges – and opportunities – to modernize their infrastructure, eliminate carbon emissions, and remain reliable, resilient, and affordable in their energy services.

Creating a smarter and more dynamic two-way communication environment with their customers offers a smart approach to building the 21st century electric utility. GEBs deploy smart technology that allow building operators to shed, shift, and modulate their building loads in response to electric grid reliability, price signals, and operational needs.

This will be ever more important as electric vehicle charging becomes more common. Building owners can optimize their operations and their energy costs especially in the emerging trend toward dynamic pricing structures for electricity.

The session will bring together expertise from both the utility and the building owner/manager perspective to talk about the value streams inherent in GEBs.

Panelists for the seminar will include Cara Carmichael, Rocky Mountain Institute, James Dice, Nexus Labs, Dr. Ahmad Faruqui, The Brattle Group, and Mary Ann Piette, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The discussion will be moderated by Lucie Huang from Seattle City Light.

View the full Smart Buildings Exchange conference agenda.

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