Demand Response (DR) programs help grid operators and utilities maintain grid reliability and enable customers to realize significant value. Unfortunately, existing proprietary solutions add unnecessary cost and complexity to automating demand response participation. The OpenADR Alliance was created to standardize, automate and simplify DR to enable grid operators, utilities and customers to cost-effectively implement Demand Response strategies. Without a non-proprietary open standards based approach, system development, integration and installation costs could be prohibitive to the deployment of Automated Demand Response in a Smart Grid. Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) is an open and standardized way for electricity providers and system operators to communicate DR signals to the DR resources (our customers) using a common language over any existing IP-based communications network, such as the Internet. As the most comprehensive standard for Automated Demand Response, OpenADR has achieved widespread support throughout the industry, ensuring interoperability between certified systems/equipment with little or no additional costs.
The OpenADR Alliance was formed by industry stakeholders to foster the development, adoption and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) Smart Grid standard utilizing existing standards from OASIS, UCA and NAESB. IPKeys’ EISS™ solution is OpenADR 2.0b certified at both the server and the end point by the OpenADR Alliance, so interoperability is a given. Our implementation of the OpenADR 2.0 standard demonstrates our commitment to open standards and to interoperability. Interoperability is key to driving down technology cost and giving our customers choices as they select technologies appropriate to a given program or application. For example, our customer may choose to install lighting controls in the future that would be interoperable with our system based on the OpenADR 2.0 specification. Using open protocols provides a cost-effective path for interoperability with equipment and solutions that may be added over time in.