OpenADR Alliance Releases 2.0a Profile Specification and Compliance Test Suite

Rapidly emerging standard will lower costs and improve reliability of automated demand response
The OpenADR Alliance announced the release of the OpenADR 2.0a Profile Specification, the only existing open data model to exchange messages for Demand Response (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.

Early implementations of OpenADR 2.0a have been pre-tested utilizing a test suite developed by test tool partner QualityLogic. This OpenADR test tool will be used for all certification tests, as well as pre-testing and development.  Later this month the Alliance and Intertek, the official test service provider, will initiate official certification testing on candidate devices.

OpenADR 2.0a Profile Specification
OpenADR is a global Smart Grid interoperability standard developed to optimize electric supply and demand by standardizing the interface between electricity markets and end customers and automating customer response to high energy prices and grid instability. OpenADR 2.0 provides secure two-way communications between DR servers, which publish information, and the automated DR clients, which subscribe to the information. Using OpenADR enables both peak electric demand reduction and load shifting at client locations according to customer needs and preferences by continuously communicating dynamic price signals such as hourly day-ahead or day-of real time pricing. OpenADR 2.0-based products and services will help utilities maintain grid reliability and will help customers better manage their energy costs during times of wholesale electric market price volatility.

OpenADR 2.0a is the first of several profile specifications to be developed, using a standard data model derived from the OASIS Energy Interoperation (EI) specification. The OpenADR 2.0a profile specification is designed to support the simplest devices installed in commercial, industrial and residential environments to enable broad-based and completely automated participation in DR events.