John D. McDonald,
Chair, SGIP
Governing Board
Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 7, 2011 - The NAESB Energy Usage Information seed information model has been accepted by the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board, marking a major step toward a standardized format for communicating actionable information on energy consumption to U.S. households

The third set of standards to emerge from the Priority Action Plan (PAP) teams, the Energy usage information model is the completed output for PAP 10, and it is now recommended for inclusion on the SGIP Catalog of Standards.

Consisting of informational components that are combined together in a data model, the standard will allow utilities and customers to exchange detailed electricity usage in a consistent format.  This will enable consumers to track their electricity usage and to help them decide how to manage their energy consumption and its costs.
Without a standardized format for organizing and presenting this information, there is the danger that a confusing variety of approaches would emerge. The resultant incompatibilities among energy management products and services could undermine gains in energy efficiency and other anticipated benefits of the smart grid. 
Additional standardization efforts building on the PAP 10 Energy Usage Information standard are underway under PAP 17, in which the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will extend the NAESB model to create a facilities data model that provides additional elements that are required for the internal systems for commercial and industrial buildings (such as heating and air conditioning units).

The first two sets of standards approved by the SGIP Governing Board pertained to Internet Protocols and electric vehicles.