MORGAN HILL, Calif., Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Energy Information Standards (EIS) Alliance, created to develop a common framework for buildings to share and communicate energy data, announced today that it hired Lakeview Group to provide marketing and management services to the Alliance and named Chris Kotting executive director.
The EIS Alliance is actively developing use cases and data models for energy management systems to share energy information among multiple stakeholders. This web of energy information, interfaced to customer energy management systems, will enable countless new applications and methods for reducing load and balancing energy supply. The Alliance is also a resource for Utilities, Regulators and Standards Development Organizations to better understand the possibilities presented by, and the technical and policy requirements to enable, intelligent load.
"We are in an exciting phase of new activities and feel that the combination of Chris Kotting and Lakeview Group is the best team to help us promote the customer needs of the smart grid and making facilities Smart Grid Ready," said John Ruiz, chairman of the EIS Alliance.
Lakeview Group specializes in the creation and management of industry alliances that are introducing new energy technologies or standards. The company has extensive experience with smart grid, energy efficiency, energy automation, and customer energy management systems.
Kotting will provide day-to-day management and leadership to the organization, leveraging his extensive experience in both technical and policy areas of regulated utilities and energy management. Kotting has worked with numerous standards-setting bodies, industry alliances, and other organizations such as American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB), North American Electric Reliability Corporation's (NERC), National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP).
"I am very excited about working with the EIS Alliance in this next phase of its development," said Chris Kotting. "Consumer energy management systems and Smart Grid Ready facilities together present an opportunity to leverage smart grid intelligence and connectivity in a way that engages consumers and provides a direct benefit, enabling greater adoption and acceptance."
About the EIS Alliance
Founded in 2009, the EIS Alliance is a trade association for suppliers and users of energy management systems and smart grid technologies. The EIS Alliance works to educate policymakers, utilities, the media, the financial community and stakeholders on how energy management systems and smart grid technologies can help modernize our electricity system and provide customers with new information and options for managing their electricity use.
Member companies include A.O. Smith, Aruba Networks, Coulomb Technologies, Ecotality, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, ParkPod and Trane. More information about the EIS Alliance can be found at www.eisalliance.org.
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