Canadian smart energy company Ecobee has become the first thermostat company to receive OpenADR 2.0b certification in a move to make the product better suited to utility demand response programmes.

Ecobee's certification of OpenADR 2.0b was sponsored by the Canadian Ministry of Energy and part funded by the Ontario Smart Grid Fund initiative.

The certified thermostat provides standard-based communication between utilities and its customers to help improve energy savings and ease of participation in demand response (DR) programmes.

Barry Haaser, managing director, OpenADR Alliance, commented on the certification: "There is growing demand among utilities for OpenADR certified thermostats to support automated demand response programs for both residential and commercial customers.

“It is exciting to see the innovative smart thermostat from Ecobee enable new utility programs and a better customer experience through open standards."

OpenADR 2.0b supports most DR services and markets including commercial, industrial and residential environments which enables broad-based and completely automated participation in DR events.

It also includes flexible reporting capabilities for past, current and future data reports.

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