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AHAM Issues Requirements for Smart Grid
Dec 15, 2009
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The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) issued The Home Appliance Industry's Principles & Requirements for Achieving a Widely Accepted Smart Grid during the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Smart Grid enabled home appliances, through a fully functional Smart Grid, will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Also, says AHAM, Smart Grid enabled appliances will help to better integrate and coordinate renewable energy resources.

AHAM's Home Appliance Industry's Principles & Requirements for Achieving a Widely Accepted Smart Grid white paper released in Copenhagen and available at www.aham.org/smartgrid emphasizes that consumer choice, control, and security must be a priority in the development of a Smart Grid. The white paper outlines the three essential requirements of a widely accepted Smart Grid:

1. Pricing Rate Structure and Incentives to Consumers: In order to provide the maximum incentive to consumers to take advantage of Smart Appliances, residential electricity prices must be based on time of use. Strong consideration should be given to the development of uniform pricing and usage information standards that provide for a harmonized way of communicating local rate and timing information. If done right, time of use electricity pricing will not require people to change their behavior to save money and help the environment.

2. Communication Standards: Standards and protocols for communications with Smart Appliances must be open and limited in number across all utility districts. This will allow appliance manufacturers to produce for a national marketplace so the same Smart Appliance can contribute to the Smart Grid whether in a home in Florida or in Oregon.

3. Consumer Choice & Privacy: If consumers do not use Smart Appliances, then the vision of the Smart Grid is at risk.

To view AHAM's Smart Grid white paper, please go to http://www.aham.org/smartgrid.

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