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Buildings-to-Grid Technical Opportunities: From the Information and Communications Technology Perspective

Information and communications technology has enabled the integration of computer and audio-visual networks, leading to unprecedented exchange of data between various users and entities. By providing the infrastructure to coordinate millions of distributed assets within and across buildings—including variable loads, distributed energy resources, and energy-storage—ICT has the potential to lead to a similar convergence across building and grid domains.

This report illustrates obstacles to information and communications technology (ICT), lists steps to resolve these barriers, and explains how applying ICT to the building and grid domains—as well as the interface between those two domains—could provide new value to stakeholders by facilitating an exchange of services.