The new frontier for energy efficiency: ZigBee


Conference: World Meter Design Congress
Location: San Jose, CA, USA
Presenter: Bob Heile
Abstract: Presented by Bob Heile at World Meter Design Congress

Experts expect existing energy production will fail to meet demand without new power plants, driving energy stakeholders including policymakers, corporations and consumers worldwide to seek energy efficient solutions.  Dramatic improvements in energy efficient will be key to reducing the need for more power plants and ZigBee will play a key role to enabling that change.

ZigBee is an open global standard used to connect consumers and commercial devices to the electric grid in support of energy efficiency programs prompted by governments and utility companies around the world. These programs use ZigBee to create two-way communication and control of ZigBee devices inside of homes, giving utility companies a “last foot/meter” wireless connection into homes.  ZigBee links devices starting with the utility meter and reaches thermostats, household appliances, heating/cooling, lighting systems and other household appliances.  For utility companies, ZigBee enables a standards-based approach to a myriad of energy efficiency programs.  These new energy management programs directly benefit everyone as utilities grapple with rapidly growing demand for energy.

ZigBee is being selected around the world as a key technology required for energy management and efficiency.  Policymakers are including it as a key component in energy legislation and utility companies are expecting it to play a critical role in energy efficiency programs by connecting the utility to their consumers and their residential devices.