T03-S09 Connected Technologies: Communication and Integration for a Smarter Community  

Education Type: 
Live Online
1.5 Hours
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
0.2 CEU

A high-level overview of the U.S. Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory "Guide to Energy Master Planning of High-Performance District and Communities" will be introduced first. OpenADR and IEEE 2030.5 protocols will be described and compared with traditional SCADA protocols like Modbus and DNP3. A novel, multi-layered, agent-based distributed transactive control and coordination approach to enable large-scale coordination of distributed energy resources (DERs) will then be presented to show it can be deployed in a building and community of buildings. Finally, the Navy Yard Connected Community Plan will be discussed with specific approaches to energy, communications, and mobility and specific technologies, implementation barriers, and expected benefits.


Ben Polly, Senior Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

James Mater, General Manager, Smart Grid, QualityLogic, Inc.

Mark Osborne, Senior Technology Advisor, QualityLogic, Inc.

Katrina Lewis, Sustainability Lead, Energy, AECOM

Srinivas Katipamula, Staff Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this session attendees will:

  • Describe the concept of community-scale energy planning, design, and operations;
  • Define interoperability and how it streamlines operations of DER, building management systems, and utility operations;
  • Describe the key DER communications protocols such as OpenADR and IEEE 2030.5 and explain the differences from traditional SCADA protocols like Modbus and DNP3;
  • Explain why and how to control and coordinate DERs to provide grid services; and
  • Recognize the value of integrated approaches to connected community planning for campus-wide benefits.
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