CEE Consensus Principles for Connectivity

Consortium members recognized early on the necessity of clearly identifying the need for sharing data with manufacturers through secure, standardized, and accessible means.

  • Establish multiple pathways to connect to ensure the majority of consumers realize benefits. Diverse conditions encountered by CEE members—regulatory, terrain, customer density, metering infrastructure—may require a variety of communication technologies for demand response, energy efficiency, and other amenity afforded by connectivity. Acceptable pathways must address this variety and provide consumers with flexibility. A modular approach based on an open standard is one option to address this diversity and provide consumers, utilities, manufacturers, and third parties with flexibility.
  • Use of open, nonproprietary, communication standards to achieve interoperability are required. Interoperability with multiple products and manufacturers is desirable so that customers continue to retain flexibility for future product choice across manufacturers and service providers.
  • Understand the location of connected products and maintain a direct line of sight at the substation to maximize the load management value of connected products.
  • Establish the minimum necessary communication pathways that optimize demand side management program participation.
  • Acceptable communication pathways must secure customer data and adequately protect privacy consistent with the expectations of utility regulators.
  • Accommodate both price signals and reliability signals. Connected products support behavior change programs based on data and variable pricing demand response programs.
  • Connected equipment must disclose its ability to accept and respond to a grid signal or equivalent consistently and reliably in a predetermined increment of time.