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‘LEED-Like’ Standard for Electric Grids

April 25, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

ZF Energy ManageZF Energy Development and the non-profit Perfect Power Institute launched a LEED-style grading program for microgrids. The Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) program is a consumer-centric, data-driven system for evaluating power system performance.

PEER helps the smart grid movement by providing a rating system with a clear set of criteria for assessing system performance and verifying that measurable outcomes have been achieved. The PEER program provides performance metrics and design criteria that help industry stakeholders improve electricity systems based on issues that matter most to consumers:

  • Eliminating interruptions and improving safety and power quality;
  • Being cost-competitive with greater transparency;
  • Increasing system efficiency and reducing environmental impacts; and
  • Enabling and encouraging consumer and community participation.

PEER is geared toward commercial and industrial energy users. In addition, it will give technology providers and energy service companies performance parameters to strive for.

The ZF Energy Development engineering team, led by John Zabilowicz, will be certified in PEER standards and will train other engineering and project managers in PEER program parameters. Zabilowicz will also serve on the Perfect Power Institute’s industrial energy standards committee.


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