The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is forming the R7.8 Working Group 2 to develop a new standard to enable home electronics to communicate energy use data to smart energy management systems and apps.

The new standard will be called CE-Energy Usage Information (CE-EUI) and will conform to the North American Energy Standards Board Energy Usage Information (NAESB -EUI) model, which forms the basis for the national Green Button initiative.

The standard will be compatible with the new Green Button ‘Download My Data’ and ‘Connect My Data’ initiatives. (Green Button defines how consumers and authorized third-party services can access a history of their home’s total energy usage and cost based on smart meter readings.)

The standard will be network agnostic, operating over networks, such as Wi-Fi, Ethernet, ZigBee and Z-Wave, that are an existing part of the home ecosystem.