Industry Heavy Hitters Team Up to Speed Smart Grid Adoption

Industry Heavy Hitters Team Up to Speed Smart Grid Adoption

Honeywell, Southern California Edison, Pacfic Gas & Electric and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are among the companies and organizations that have formed an alliance to spur development, adoption and compliance of the smart grid standard called Open Automated Demand Response.

More than 60 control vendors in the U.S. and internationally have implemented OpenADR. But there was no industry organization taking responsibility for the education, training, testing and certification needed to widely bring smart grid and automated demand response technology to market. The OpenADR Alliance was launched today to fill that gap.

Automated demand response is a key component of national smart grid efforts. It enables businesses and homeowners to reduce their electricity consumption at critical peak demand times, or in response to changes in market price, via a direct automated message from the utility to the customer.

OpenADR standardizes the message format used for automated demand response so that dynamic price and reliability signals can be delivered in a uniform, interoperable data model among utilities, independent system operators (ISOs) and customers' energy management and control systems.

Proponents of smart grid and OpenADR say the standardization and its widespread adoption will lower costs, improve reliability and speed implementation of smart grid, OpenADR and the technology supporting them.

According to the OpenADR Alliance, work on national standards are to be built on the OpenADR specifications published by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and funded by the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. Further OpenADR development involves the National Institute of Standards and Technology and groups that include the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), the Utilities Communications Architecture International User's Group (UCAIug), and the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB).

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