Technical Assistance: Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings

In partnership with NASEO and NARUC, this project will provide direct TA to state energy offices (SEOs) and public utility commissions (PUCs) to advance buildings that can provide grid services through demand flexibility — using distributed energy resources (DERs) to reduce, shed, shift, modulate and generate electricity. DOE’s Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings initiative envisions a future in which buildings operate dynamically with the bulk power system and distribution grid to make electricity more affordable and integrate DERs while meeting the needs of building occupants.

Value Proposition

  • The primary barriers to states advancing this goal are institutional. SEOs and PUCs lack implementation strategies, and valuation and assessment methods, for fully informed decision-making.
  • Provide 2 years of direct TA to SEOs and PUCs in geographically diverse states seeking to: harness technologies and applications for demand flexibility from buildings; identify technical and institutional opportunities and impediments to buildings providing grid services; and inform state planning, standards, pilots, and programs to enhance grid reliability and resilience and electricity affordability

Project Objectives

  • Deliver near-term successes by leveraging the NASEO-NARUC Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings Working Group and new lab research, including technical reports on valuing and assessing demand flexibility performance and grid-interactive building technologies
  • Support a reliable and resilient bulk power system through aggregations of buildings that provide grid services such as energy, capacity, reserves, frequency regulation, voltage support and distribution load relief
  • Support SEOs and PUCs advancing Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings through workshops, facilitated dialogues, supporting analysis, technical memos, assistance with roadmaps, webinars, and regional and national presentations