GSA’s grid-interactive guide can help you to reduce energy costs through load flexibility

by Brianna Crandall — January 12, 2022 — The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has published a guide outlining steps to implement low- and no-cost grid-interactive efficient building (GEB) measures that result in utility cost savings and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

GSA RMI grid-interactive efficient buildingsGrid-Interactive Efficient Buildings Made Easy (PDF file) provides simple measures that can be done with little or no capital investment and put in place without impacting everyday building use. These measures are a first step towards getting the most value from integrating buildings with the electric grid, says GSA.

Public Buildings Service Commissioner Nina M. Albert stated:

At GSA, we believe in leading by example, and our building managers can implement these low- and no-cost measures in our buildings today. It’s another step we can take right now on our path to decarbonizing the federal footprint and powering our operations with carbon pollution-free electricity.

Grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs) use smart technologies to reduce, shed, shift, modulate or generate electricity load. These technologies help buildings consume electricity from the grid at the best times, such as when the utility provider’s rates or the carbon intensity of the electricity generation are lower.

The low- and no-cost guide is the newest addition to resources that support building managers — at GSA and across the government — in implementing GEB technologies in their buildings. Visit GSA’s Sustainable Facilities Tool site to access the full suite of resources.

This guide is designed for building managers, and it is publicly available to all federal agencies and commercial property owners.