ANSI Hosts Exploratory Meeting for Energy Efficiency Standards Panel
April 27, 2012

by Sahely Mukerji,

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) of Washington, D.C., hosted a meeting to explore the need for a potential ANSI Energy Efficiency Standards Panel on April 25 at the FHI 360 Conference Center in Washington, D.C.

The meeting included two panel discussions, moderated by Jim Pauley, senior vice president of external affairs and government relations at Schneider Electric USA and chairman of ANSI board of directors, and a moderated question-and-answer session.

During the first panel, federal agency representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) shared their perspective on the energy efficiency imperative, while speakers of the second panel discussed the current energy landscape of the country.

"Energy efficiency is a critical element in energy policies and public policies," Pauley said. "But do the various interested stakeholders have an understanding of what's going on in the energy spectrum? Is there an opportunity to harmonize in the different areas? Are there properly trained people in those areas? Should there be a standard on that?"

Pauley said organizers aimed for the meeting to bring clarity on what's available, where the gaps are and how those gaps can be filled. "The purpose of a standards panel is not to develop standards; that is up to the standards developers," he said. "The objective is to promote standards solutions to move energy efficiency forward."

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