GBCI launches PEER certification for power grids and building projects

Wed, 2014-09-17 06:00 -- SCC Staff

In an important development for microgrids, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) will administer certification for the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) program.

According to GBCI, PEER is the first comprehensive, consumer-centric, data-driven system for evaluating power system performance in the U.S. It is modeled after the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for buildings.

USGBC – a Council Advisor – indicates that next year it will look at PEER certification as a pilot credit within the LEED green building rating system.

“The PEER program provides a much more complete picture of the efficiency, quality, safety, resilience and reliability of energy generation, transmission and distribution systems than is currently available. It provides actionable information that empowers building owners and power providers to configure and operate their systems to maximum effectiveness across these key metrics,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, GBCI president.

“Buildings and the power systems they rely on are inextricably interconnected,” Ramanujam added. “Building on the success of USGBC’s Demand Response Partnership, PEER is a logical addition to the growing number of certification programs and professional credentials that GBCI oversees and administers.”

PEER assesses system performance and verifies measurable outcomes across four critical aspects of power systems

    • Enabling customer action
    • Operational efficiency
    • Reliability, power quality and safety
    • Energy efficiency and environment

The first set of PEER certified projects will be announced at the annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo next month in New Orleans. For more information or to sign up a project, please contact jkelly@gbci.org.