CABA strengthens its smart grid focus


Over the past year, the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) has been diligently working to encourage the creation of smart grid infrastructure.

CABA is a leading industry association that promotes advanced technologies in homes and buildings. The organisation is supported by an international membership of nearly 400 companies involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organisations, including utilities and government, are also members. CABA’s mandate includes providing its members with networking and market research opportunities.

CABA recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Gridwise Alliance to share information and work in a collaborative manner on intelligent home and building issues that would further the build-out of a smart grid in the United States. The Alliance, a consortium of 100 public and private organisations working together to provide realworld technology solutions to transform the nation’s electric grid, believes that emerging energy and information technologies can radically improve the efficiency and operation of the existing grid and thereby provide significant benefits to utilities, businesses and consumers. As part of the agreement, CABA will establish forums with the Alliance to engage a broad array of stakeholders including the utility industry, regulatory agencies, energy, building automation, telecommunications, controls and information technology vendors, technology companies, consumer groups, and government and nongovernmental organisations.

In November, CABA also joined the Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition, a trade association of companies that provide products and services in the areas of demand response, smart meters and smart grid technologies. The DRSG works to educate and provide information to policy makers, utilities, the media, the financial community and stakeholders on how demand response and smart grid technologies such as smart meters can help modernise the electricity system and provide consumers with new information and options for managing their electricity use. In joining the DRSG, CABA will have the opportunity to be a part of the Smart Green Grid Initiative (SGGI), a new effort recently initiated to demonstrate the significant role that the smart grid will have in the achievement of climate change goals.

CABA is also working through its comprehensive and collaborative research programme to measure the benefits of technology implementations such as smart meter and smart energy systems in high performance buildings. The organisation is currently completing a market sizing survey that analyses the North American market for intelligent and integrated technology. The study will assess market sizes by product at the first point of distribution and by products at engineered and commissioned prices, and will determine the total value added, factoring in hardware price erosion throughout the entire supply chain. The report will first be made available to participating companies that funded the study. Shortly afterwards, it will be made available for purchase.