OpenADR progresses towards international automated demand response rollouts


Berkeley, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 28, 2011 – Alstom Grid’s recent acquisition of the Santa Clara, CA-based smart grid vendor, Utility Integration Solutions, Inc (UISOL), is set to mainstream the OpenADR technology to the national and international markets, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

According to a statement from the Berkeley lab’s Demand Response Research Center, which is leading the development of the OpenADR specification, UISOL is supporting the lab on the specification, primarily in deployment of the OpenADR standards and development of Open Source toolkit for wide-scale adoption of OpenADR.

Under development by UISOL, the Open Source version will offer a Java-based OpenADR client/server implementation that provides a lightweight platform for developing and testing OpenADR clients, complete end-to-end demonstrations, proof of concept testing, and capability for small-scale deployments. The Open Source version also will provide code examples and guidance for developing commercial-strength server products.

UISOL also recently announced that it successfully integrated OpenADR into its DRBizNet™ product, providing capability that allows utilities to fully automate all demand response business and operational process.

Over 60 energy management and control systems vendors offer products (clients) based on OpenADR, the DRRC statement notes.

Further, projects in Quincy and Tallahassee Florida, NV Energy, Bonneville Power Administration, and Sacramento Municipal Utility District have identified OpenADR in smart grid plans, while a commercial building project by National Resources Canada and a California Independent System Operator project to integrate renewable resources further demonstrate the range of OpenADR applications. There has also been strong development interest from South Korea and India.

Last year the OpenADR Alliance® was launched to “foster the development, adoption, and compliance of the OpenADR standards through collaboration, education, training, testing, and certification.”