Demand Response: OpenADR Alliance Releases 2.0a Profile Specification

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(OpenADR Alliance Releases 2.0a Profile Specification and Compliance Test Suite)

“Demand Response (DR) is a set of actions taken to reduce load when electric grid contingencies threaten supply-demand balance or market conditions occur that raise electricity costs. Automated demand response consists of fully automated signaling from a utility, Independent system operator or other appropriate entity to provide automated connectivity to customer end-use control systems and strategies. OpenADR provides a foundation for interoperable information exchange to facilitate automated demand response. The OpenADR Alliance is composed of industry stakeholders that are interested in fostering the deployment of low-cost price- and reliability-based demand response communication protocol by facilitating and accelerating the development and adoption of OpenADR standards and compliance with those standards. These include de facto standards based on specifications published by LBNL in April 2009, as well as Smart Grid-related standards emerging from OASIS, UCA and NAESB”- wikipedia

In technical terms, Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) provides a non-proprietary, open standardized Demand Response (DR) interface that allows electricity providers to communicate DR signals directly to existing customers using a common language and existing communications such as the Internet. A localized OpenADR can be useful for the Indian Energy utilities to automate the existing DR programs. For more information about the DR, please re-visit our earlier posts. (story-1, story-2 )

OpenADR History:

  • 2002 – Research begun at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Demand Response Research Center (DRRC) conceptualized automated DR
  • 2003 to 2006 – Numerous pilots and field trials
  • 2007 to Present – Commercialization and use of OpenADR in PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E DR programs to automate DR programs with primarily Commercial and Industrial customers. Number of DR programs utilizing OpenADR continues to expand.
  • Q1/2007 – Standardization effort for OpenADR begins at DRRC with Industry Consortium drafting specification
  • Q1/2009 – First official draft of OpenADR specification is published by California Energy Commission. Work is donated to UCAIug and OASIS
  • Q2/2009 – OpenADR taskforce formed within UCAIug
  • Q2/2009 – Energy Interoperation Technical Committee formed within OASIS
  • Q3/2009 – NIST develops SmartGrid Roadmap in which OpenADR is identified as one of the original 16 low hanging fruit.
  • Q3/2009 – NIST forms Priority Action Plan (PAP) 09 for standardizing DR signals. OpenADR taskforce works closely with NAESB to develop requirements for PAP 09
  • 2010 – UCAIug focus on OpenADR SRS and SD
  • 2012- OpenADR 2.0 (Present)

OpenADR is the only existing open data model to exchange messages for DR events between a service provider, aggregator and end-user in commercial, industrial and residential markets. OpenADR 2.0a is one of a suite of Smart Grid communication profiles that provides dynamic pricing, grid reliability and transactional signals using a server-client model to convey information rather than a network based control structure.

The OpenADR Alliance announced the release of the OpenADR 2.0a Profile Specification on 08-Aug-2012. For more information on the test suite, please visit:

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