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Buildings-to-Grid Technical Opportunities: Introduction and Vision

In this report, and in the associated papers examining building-to-grid opportunities from the three perspectives of buildings, the power grid and enabling information and communications technology, the Building Technologies Office (BTO) outlines the technical opportunities for building assets to seamlessly integrate and transact with grid operations. It defines the characteristics inherent in transaction-based controls that are necessary to control those building assets and operations using a “transactive” energy approach that incorporates decisions based on a value, such as cost, comfort, asset valuation, or “green-ness” of the power.