2011 a year for Energy Dashboards and rules

This research project aims to develop STANDARDS for energy dashboards that promote conservation. An assumption is made that energy conservation can be achieved through adoption of energy dashboards that promote self correction. Dashboards provide a way to measure and optimize usage. The domain for this study therefore is “energy conservation” and the range is any device/gadget/appliance or any act that consumes energy.

STANDARDS act as design constraints and outline interoperability between components that makeup the ecosystem.

Components of the ecosystem for energy dashboards:
a. The built environment at the micro level – individual housing and at the marco level urban and rural environment,
b. Instrumentation – measures and outputs consumption
c. Appliance engineering – Product design
d. Open data repositories of specification based on which these products are designed
e. Governance

Energy sources that are at the center of the energy conservation discussion include but are not limited to:
a. Water
b. Thermal energy
c. Electrical energy
d. Fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas

The energy dashboard market is gaining momentum in the United States, with companies such as google, microsoft, cisco and utility companies making rapid inroads. The smart grid development is gaining traction which is helping drive development of these widgets.

This research project aims to extrapolate the implicit interoperability standards these widgets are being designed from today. The goal is to use this data as a basis for developing a comprehensive set of standards that will drive interoperability within the components of the ecosystem and drive adoption of energy dashboards with the eventual goal of conserving energy.

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