PEER, the new tool for sustainable power systems
Washington, D.C.—(March 28, 2018)—As the energy needs of a global population continue to increase, leaders in the energy market are turning to PEER to create more resilient, reliable, sustainable and economically sound power systems.
PEER, or Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal, is the world’s first certification program that measures and improves power system performance, helping to provide reliable and sustainable energy to people everywhere in the world: homes, hospitals, schools, businesses, communities, cities and utility regions.
Four new certifications have been announced. They include NYU Langone Health, one of the top-ranked hospitals in the U.S.; Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in India, the first transit project in the world to achieve certification; Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters in Maryland; and the City of Glasgow, Kentucky.
PEER recognizes industry leaders for improving efficiency, day-to-day reliability and overall resiliency when it comes to severe events, such as flooding and hurricanes. PEER was created in collaboration with industry leaders and the support of key partners, including S&C Electric, the Galvin Foundation, IPP Connect LLC, the International District Energy Association (IDEA) and the Advanced Energy Group LLC.
The certification program is administered by GBCI, the global certifying body for several sustainability systems, including USGBC's LEED green building program. Like LEED, PEER was designed to grow with the market. PEER is for all power systems and includes guidance for cities, utilities, campuses and transit. The new version of PEER delivers a simple, streamlined system to document sustainability improvements to power systems at different levels.
“It does not matter if you live in a small village in India or a major city like New York, when power systems fail, whether it is a downed power line or a natural disaster, it puts our safety and economic prosperity at risk,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC and GBCI. “Through PEER, we are recognizing industry performance and driving the adoption of strategies and practices that help improve our quality of life. With PEER, we see a huge market transformation opportunity for the power sector.”
The recent PEER-certified projects highlight the various ways the industry is working toward modernization goals:
- NYU Langone Health: After Superstorm Sandy in 2012, NYU Langone rose to the challenge of becoming more resilient by implementing its vision of building a more unified campus that includes sustainable architecture, healthy interiors and energy management as key focus areas. NYU Langone has since become a leader in resilient and sustainable design, with a new combined heat and power plant, emergency generators, and boilers in the building, as well as significant campus perimeter protection and flood prevention measures.
- DMRC: This is the first PEER-certified transit project in the world. The certification applies to its Blue Line, covering 51 stations in India. More than 10 percent of the line’s nontraction load is met through on-site renewable energy, and demand side management programs, such as automated controls for air conditioning, escalators and lighting loads, are allowing DMRC to effectively conserve energy.
- Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters: Schneider Electric and Duke Energy Renewables are developing an advanced microgrid that will improve the resilience of the county’s operations, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, upgrade existing aging electrical infrastructure without capital expenditure and control energy costs for Montgomery County, Md.
- City of Glasgow: Through its municipally owned utility, Glasgow EPB, Glasgow is using its broadband network and advanced metering to reshape electric power demand using time of use rates and interactive load management. Nonvolumetric retail rates are allowing more stable revenue streams, which Glasgow is using to build a more robust and sustainable local electric grid.
Learning from LEED, PEER is positioned to be a similar solution for the energy sector to deliver sustainable, high-performing power systems. In 2000, USGBC created LEED as a result of collaboration with the building industry at a time when there was growing demand for greener, healthier buildings, but no clear definition or path forward. Today, LEED is the world’s most widely used green building rating system, with more than 93,000 registered and certified projects in 167 countries and regions.
To further demonstrate the potential of grid modernization, GBCI premiered a short film at the Energy Thought Summit in Austin, Texas, on March 28 focusing on the efforts of Hoboken, New Jersey, following the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy. It highlights how the city and its energy partner PSE&G are using PEER to implement requisite infrastructure upgrades that address resiliency and the city’s ability to withstand system shocks such as Sandy.
Previous projects that have achieved PEER certification include the City of Chattanooga, Tennessee; University of Texas at Austin; and Bucknell University. Additional projects registered and pursuing certification include City of Minster, Ohio; Ft. Knox; Hackensack University Medical Center, Monash University (Australia); Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation; and Ascendas IT Park Chennai (India).
Quotes from PEER-certified projects
“NYU Langone Health is proud to be the first PEER Platinum designated medical center in the country, recognized for our comprehensive and sustainable resiliency strategy. Our power and infrastructure was designed to provide business continuity during potentially disruptive environmental and economic forces that are likely to shape the coming decades. PEER certification has offered us an opportunity to assess the quality of our work to date, identify areas for improvement and benchmark progress against other world-class campuses, so that we can be a sustainable enterprise and deliver world-class care and research far into the future.” —Paul Schwabacher, senior vice president, Facilities Management at NYU Langone Health.
“DMRC being a life line of Delhi transport system, all the systems are being provided with redundancy, to ensure reliability and resiliency. Keeping in view India’s commitment to mitigate climate change, DMRC is striving to increase utilization of renewable energy in its metro system. However, PEER provides a rating system, to benchmark and evaluate these efforts and motivate the participants to strive for improvement. We are proud to be part of this rating system and wish all success to GBCI in their endeavors.” —Dr. Mangu Singh, managing director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, India
“The PEER certification of our advanced microgrid at the PSHQ in Montgomery County, Maryland, is strong validation of Schneider Electric’s dedication to helping communities achieve sustainable power performance. With our trusted partner Duke Energy Renewables, our Microgrids-as-a-Service offering is helping companies and communities develop a road map for more sustainable energy usage and to have further autonomy of their energy usage." —Mark Feasel, vice president, Utility Segment, Smart Grid & Microgrid, Schneider Electric
“PEER builds on Kentucky’s ongoing efforts to provide affordable and reliable energy to all citizens,” said Rick Bender, Executive Advisor with the Energy and Environment Cabinet. “It is exciting to announce the City of Glasgow as our first PEER-certified project and to note there are two more projects currently underway for certification. The City of Glasgow serves as an example of resilient electricity system design for a smaller community. The certification validates their accomplishments, sets a benchmark for other communities, and translates into something meaningful to its customers: resilient and secure delivery of electrical power.” —Rick Bender, executive advisor, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet