Webinar: Revised Performance Specification for the Wireless Metering Challenge
May 2, 2013
Time: Thursday, May 2, 2013, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. PT
Overview: EERE is developing a challenge specification to spur the development of new, low cost wireless electric metering devices. In order to take action to reduce energy usage, owners and operators need to know how energy is being used in their buildings. Metering data provides visibility to a building’s energy use. Energy costs can be reduced by taking action to resolve problems identified by examining metered data. While metering systems do not directly improve energy efficiency, metering systems enable focused energy efficiency actions. It is estimated that the use of metering systems result in energy efficiency actions that deliver electricity energy savings of at least 2% or more annually. Today, the cost of building and panel level metering systems is typically a key hurdle to implementing these technologies.
Through the Wireless Power Meter Challenge, EERE is developing an aspirational but achievable performance specification for wireless metering devices at a low price point. The intent is to identify performance specifications that would meet the demand from the commercial building sector and leverage this demand to spur manufacturers to create new technologies. This model has been successfully deployed in the past through EERE’s Roof Top Unit Challenge (RTU) in which DOE provided a similar performance specification that had not yet been offered on the market and manufacturers responded with compliant technologies, resulting in the most efficient products available on the market.
The Wireless Power Meter Challenge Specification is supported by the Building Technologies Office (BTO) Commercial Building Integration (CBI) team. In developing the draft Specification, EERE has considered input from Federal Agencies and individual comments from commercial building owners. This will be the first time EERE has issued a notice requesting general public comment on the Specification.