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Buildings-to-Grid Integration

Integrating buildings and the grid increases energy efficiency, supports incorporation of renewable energy, and balances new loads, such as electric vehicles.

Integrating buildings and the grid increases energy efficiency, supports incorporation of renewable energy, and balances new loads, such as electric vehicles.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office is coordinating strategies and activities with stakeholders to address the integration and optimization of homes and commercial buildings with the nation's energy grid.  BTO explores fundamental concepts of transaction-based energy systems, characterization of building end-uses, and the opportunities they bring to the larger energy system. It is also investing in VOLTTRON™, an open source control and coordination platform that DOE is developing as a common platform for distributed control. VOLTTRON enables developers to quickly build secure applications and agents that can unlock more value from building devices through the delivery of end-use services, grid services, and energy market services. Learn more about BTO's Buildings-to-Grid initiative. ►

Meeting Summaries & Presentations

January 28, 2015
Technical Meeting: Physical Characterization of Connected Buildings Equipment

On January 28-29, 2015, BTO hosted a technical meeting on the Physical Characterization of Connected Buildings Equipment in Chicago, IL.

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Buildings-to-Grid Opportunities

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  2. Participate in public meetings
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  3. Apply to funding opportunities
    BTO researches and implements load control strategies, which support the Sustainable and Holistic IntegratioN of Energy storage and Solar PV (SHINES) funding opportunity. Learn more