GBCI to administer power system, grid certification
The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) announced that it will administer certification for the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal™ (PEER) program. PEER is a consumer-centric, data-driven system for evaluating power system performance and is modeled after the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program for buildings.
“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, president of GBCI.
The PEER program is the result of former Motorola CEO Bob Galvin’s vision of “perfect power,” which sought to transform the efficiency and effectiveness of the electricity system. 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; and energy efficiency and environment.
The first set of PEER certified projects will be announced at the annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo to be held in New Orleans, Oct. 22-24, 2014.