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PASC 35 Focuses on Energy Management and Global Standardization Trends

U.S. to Host 2013 Meeting in Hawaii

New York, Jun 21, 2012

The Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) held its 35th meeting on June 4 – 8, 2012, in Yeosu, South Korea. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) participated alongside 15 other PASC national member bodies, with representatives from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) also in attendance. Coinciding with the PASC meeting, Yeosu, South Korea, is currently hosting Expo 2012, a World’s Fair focused on balancing the preservation of ocean and coastal areas with economic development.

Gary Kushnier, ANSI vice president of international policy, and Doug Durant, chair of the ANSI Regional Standing Committee for Asia Pacific (RSC-AP) and manager of product standards at John Deere, led the seven-person U.S. delegation, which included ANSI members from the private and public sectors. The meeting was hosted by the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS), which is established under the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE).

During a workshop on Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) in Smart Grid, Ajit Jillavenkatesa, Ph.D., of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), provided a presentation entitled “U.S. Smart Grid: The Green Button Initiative – A U.S. Perspective.” He discussed U.S. approaches to HEMS and the role of standards in supporting the development and deployment of this technology. This information was presented in relation to the status of U.S. efforts currently underway to develop and deploy an interoperable Smart Grid.

In addition, ANSI’s Gary Kushnier provided a report on the Recent European Commission Standardization Review, and moderated an open forum on Trends in Standardization around the World. The discussion featured panelists from the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), Standards Australia (SA), and SPRING (Singapore), and included valuable input from other PASC members. The information gathered will help lead a possible workshop or discussion for upcoming PASC meetings.

ANSI members can access presentations, resolutions, and other documents from PASC 35 here.

ANSI is pleased to report that it will host PASC 36 in May 2013 in Waikiki, Hawaii, in conjunction with Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) meetings. This will be the first time that PASC and PAC meetings will be held simultaneously.

For more information on PASC 36 or the RSC-AP committee, please contact Jessica Roop at

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