OpenADR Alliance formed to accelerate industry adoption of automated demand response standard


Mary Ann Piette,
Research Director,
PIER Demand
Response Research
Morgan Hill, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 28, 2010 – Leading industry organizations have announced the formation of the OpenADR Alliance, as a non-profit corporation aimed to foster the development, adoption and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standard.

A critical component of the national smart grid initiative, automated demand response (Auto-DR) encourages businesses and homeowners to reduce their electricity consumption at critical “peak demand” times, or in response to changes in market price, by automating message delivery from the utility directly to the customer. OpenADR standardizes a message format used for Auto-DR so that dynamic price and reliability signals can be delivered in a uniform and interoperable data model among utilities, independent system operator (ISOs) and customer’s energy management and control systems.

The OpenADR Alliance will foster the collaboration necessary among industry stakeholders to ensure the rapid deployment of OpenADR. National standards work will be built upon the OpenADR specifications published by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and funded by the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. OpenADR is being further developed through the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) smart grid standards effort, along with organizations including 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). 

“Grounded in the standards activities initiated by Berkeley Lab in 2002, the OpenADR Alliance will play a central role in accelerating the adoption of Auto-DR and rapidly advancing our power grid into the 21st century,” said Mary Ann Piette, research director for PIER Demand Response Research Center (DRRC) at Berkeley Lab. “The OpenADR Alliance will implement processes to quickly bring this commercially proven standard to market.”

Over 60 control vendors across the U.S. and internationally have already implemented OpenADR.

Last week the UCA International Users Group (UCAIug) released the first version of the OpenADR System Requirement Specification.

According to a statement Honeywell, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Southern California Edison are named as supporting the OpenADR Alliance formation, but a list of members isn’t available as yet.