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DOE Roadmap for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (Ind. Report)
US DOE
Date: 2021-05-26
The U.S.DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO)in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the Brattle Group has developed A National Roadmap for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings.

The Roadmap outlines DOE's national goal of tripling the energy efficiency and demand flexibility of the buildings sector by 2030 and defines technology attributes, integration considerations, and barriers to achieving the full potential, adoption and deployment of grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs). The report makes 14 recommendations to overcome those barriers in "action steps" that all key industry stakeholders can take to expand the prevalence of grid-interactivity in buildings.

GEBs can remake buildings into a clean and flexible energy resource. By combining smart technologies and distributed energy resources with energy efficient buildings, GEBs can provide comfort and convenience for building occupants, sell services to the power grid, and cut costs and pollution. All buildings, including federal buildings, can benefit from implementing GEB technologies. In fact, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) recently published a complementary blueprint for practical guidance and tools to integrate GEB technologies into federal energy savings performance contracts and has committed to 100 pct renewable energy for all federal buildings by 2025.

A grid-interactive efficient building can offer services that cut costs, eliminate waste, and improve grid operations. For example:

  • Efficient lighting and appliances plus a tight building envelope can cut electricity demand across the board.

  • Load shedding allows the building to cut demand during peak hours, or as requested by the grid manager.

  • Load shifting takes advantage of cheaper or cleaner power by shifting demand from one time of day to another when renewable energy is abundant on the grid.

  • Modulating load with batteries and other electronic devices allows the building to maintain grid frequency or control system voltage.

  • Generating power, like from rooftop solar, cuts bills, reduces losses on the grid, and reduces the need for more power plants. (Source: US DOE EERE, PR, May, June, 2021) Contact: US DOE, National Roadmap for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office

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  • Biden Administration Addresses Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    White House
    Date: 2021-05-24
    In Washington, the Biden administration has announced new federal initiatives and investments in building energy efficiency and electrification in a move to achieve a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035 and put the United States on an irreversible path to a net-zero economy by 2050. The White House initiative includes:
  • Launching the low-carbon buildings pilot -- Through the Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings Initiative and in coordination with Housing and Urban Development, DOE is announcing the first 55 commercial, industrial, and multifamily organizations to participate in the Low-Carbon Buildings Pilot program, which will share lessons learned for real world pathways to low and no emission buildings.

  • In partnership with the Advanced Water Heating Initiative, DOE is launching a new initiative to increase market adoption of high-efficiency, grid-connected Heat Pump Water Heaters which are two to four times more efficient than conventional water heaters in residential and commercial buildings.

  • New and expanded EPA partnership programs -- EPA is launching new residential and commercial sector partnerships to accelerate efficiency and electrification retrofits with a focus on under served residential households through the ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade program, accelerate building electrification through an advanced ENERGY STAR certification for new residential buildings, and recognize commercial buildings through a new zero-carbon commercial building certification. It will also launch a new Greenhouse Gas tool linked to its Portfolio Manager tool.

  • New national research initiative focused on innovating clean and efficient building heating and cooling systems -- DOE will launch the Initiative for Better Energy, Emissions, and Equity (E3 Initiative), putting $10M toward accelerating the research and adoption of heat pump technologies. As part of the E3 Initiative, DOE will launch a Cold Climate Heat Pump Technology Challenge to accelerate the development of high performing cold climate heat pump technologies. Another important component will be new research efforts partnering National Laboratories and manufacturers to accelerate the development of lower to no global warming potential refrigerants that can be quickly commercialized.

  • National grid-interactive efficient buildings roadmap -- DOE is releasing the Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) Roadmap with 14 recommendations to better integrate buildings with solar and wind power through smart operation of electricity demand and storage. Smart buildings allow consumers to have more choice over building operations and provide the ability to manage energy loads and reduce energy bills. Over the next two decades, national adoption of GEBs would create savings of $100 -- $200 billion across the electric power system and could decrease emissions in the power sector by 6 pct per year.

  • New Federal Building Performance Standards -- Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is launching an inter-agency Federal sustainability effort with General Serivices Administration (GSA), DOE, and EPA to develop the first-ever building performance standards (BPS) for the federal government. The BPS will establish metrics, targets, and tracking methods to reach federal carbon emissions goals. The performance standards will identify progressive performance milestones as well as the resources that agencies need to meet them.

  • Blueprint to integrate GEB Technologies into Energy Savings Contracts -- GSA is releasing a blueprint to integrate grid-interactive technologies into federal building renovation and improvement projects, particularly using energy savings, and utility energy savings contracts. The blueprint puts practical guidance and tools into the hands of building operators to help them integrate GEB technologies into current and future performance contracts.

  • New ENERGY STAR standards to advance heat pump technology and fast chargers for electric vehicles -- If all heat pumps, central air conditioners, and electric water heaters sold in the U.S. met the new ENERGY STAR standards, the energy cost savings would grow to $11 billion a year, and 255 billion ppy of GHG emissions would be avoided. These new standards will increase American households' and businesses' access to affordable heating, cooling, water heating, and transportation options.

    These actions -- involving the General Services Administration (GSA), Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- focus on key levers available within the administration's existing authority now, without waiting for the anticipated infrastructure package, the release notes. (Source: The White House, PR, 17 May, 2021)

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  • JCI Claims $91Mn GSA Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls International,General Services Administration
    Date: 2021-04-16
    Johnson Controls International (JCI) reports it has been awarded a $91 million project with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to improve the energy efficiencies of landmark federal buildings, including the Eisenhower Executive Office Building near the White House and the Ronald Reagan Building, International Trade Center and others. The project is part of the National Deep Energy Retrofit program which launched in 2012.

    The overall project objectives for the retrofit program include: reducing energy and water consumption; improving efficiency of lighting, water and HVAC systems and transforming building automation systems, and others. The retrofits will be designed to provide financial paybacks in 25 years or less, according to the release. Work associated with the Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) contract is expected to start 1 May, this year. (Source: Johnson Controls, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Johnson Controls, www.johnsoncontrols.com; GSA, Kevin Kampschroer, (202) 357-9582, www.gsa.gov

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    GSA Foresees Improved Energy Efficiency within Decade (Ind. Report)
    General Services Administration
    Date: 2018-12-19
    In Washington, the U.S. Energy Department and the General Services Administration (GSA) see an uptick in energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and utility energy service contracts (UESCs), while the U.S. Army, the biggest adopter of ESPCs, looks to strengthen the resiliency of its electrical grid through these smart energy projects.

    A bipartisan bloc of lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have also found common ground on the contracting vehicle federal agencies can use to upgrade their offices with energy-efficiency technology. Through the indefinite delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle the Energy Department's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) program manages, agencies have awarded more than 400 ESPC projects, invested more than $6 billion and saved nearly $14 billion in energy costs since 1998. In fiscal 2018 alone, federal agencies awarded $809 million in facility infrastructure investment, according to FEMP.

    With ESPCs, contractors finance the upfront cost and certify that the upgrades will generate sufficient savings to cover the initial cost of the project. The agency pays an annual amount to the contractor for a fixed period of time, while the contractors get paid through the energy savings achieved by agencies. Across the government, agencies face a repair backlog of more than $150 billion, according to the GSA. (Source: GSA, Federal News, 18 Dec., 2018)Contact: GSA, Kevin Kampschroer, CSO, (202) 357-9582, www.gsa.gov

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