A robust suite of consensus-based and widely-utilized technical standards is necessary to create the infrastructure for a qualified workforce. Standards facilitate trade, interoperability, information exchange, and technology deployment. The energy efficiency industry is diverse and has not had a focal point for coordinating the numerous voluntary standardization activities underway across the private and public sectors.
DOE responded to this need by launching and co-chairing the Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC), convened by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The EESCC is a cross-sector, neutral forum and focal point for broad-based coordination among energy efficiency activities involving or impacted by standardization (i.e., standards, codes, conformance activities). The EESCC will not develop standards, nor will it assign responsibility for their development. Instead, the objective of the collaborative is to conduct an inventory of the energy efficiency standardization landscape, perform a gap analysis, and develop a roadmap identifying future standardization needs.
This roadmap will help government and industry work together to prioritize future standardization activities in a more effective and coordinated manner. The first draft of the roadmap will be available for public comment towards the end of 2013, with publication anticipated towards the middle of 2014.
Read more about the Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) here.
Technical standards are the bedrock for quality work and a qualified workforce. One of the five EESCC working groups also is assessing skills standards and workforce training and certification programs.