OpenADR standard for DER and EV charging gaining adoption, alliance says

The OpenADR Alliance, a nonprofit corporation created to foster the development, adoption and compliance of the OpenADR communications standard, today announced significant progress in global market adoption of the OpenADR standard for use in effectively and securely managing distributed energy resources (DER) and Electric Vehicle Support Equipment (EVSE) in electric grids. Alliance membership over the last year has grown to over 150 members with more than a third of the new members in the EVSE industry.

As utilities across the globe struggle with securing a diverse and growing collection of communication standards used for coordinating and managing customer DERs such as solar PV, battery storage, electric vehicles, and other demand side management (DSM) resources, the Alliance has seen a growing interest and adoption of OpenADR implementations.  In particular as electric vehicles continue to rapidly enter the automotive market and renewables are needed to offset fossil-fueled generation, it’s essential for utilities to find a cost-effective and secure way to manage periods of resource need on the electrical grid with load management, demand response and dynamic pricing programs.

Other growth areas for DSM resources and DERs include lighting controls, smart appliances, and battery systems.

“Optimizing and simplifying demand side management programs continues to be the overarching goal of the OpenADR Alliance,” said Rolf Bienert, managing and technical director, OpenADR Alliance. “Connectivity and interoperability of customer owned resources are critical requirements for smart grid modernization and with the rapid growth of EV applications we will continue to see growing interest and adoption of the OpenADR standard. “

At the end of 2018, the OpenADR 2.0 standard was established as an IEC standard, which is the highest level of international support and validates the global importance of the OpenADR specification. Today, the Alliance membership has more than 187 certified products being implemented worldwide and is the common DER/DR communication standard on over a dozen countries.

The OpenADR Alliance will be in booth 3455 at DISTRIBUTECH 2020. The OpenADR Alliance will showcase the OpenADR functionality at the booth by demonstrating simple protocol interaction functions and how they can be applied to different DR and DER resources including product from Packetized Energy.

The following member companies will be co-exhibiting in the OpenADR Alliance booth:

  • Connected Energy to showcase a high-definition (HD) Demand Management solution for Residential Direct Load Control (DLC), Smart Thermostat control, DER control, and Irrigation Load Control with OpenADR interoperability.
  • GridFabric (formerly Nebland Software) to show how we make OpenADR easy. Our VEN and VTN software solutions help our customers to quickly implement OpenADR, become certified and participate in load shifting programs.
  • QualityLogic is the difference between DR and DER chaos and order. Whether it is projects involving OpenADR, Title 24, IEEE 2030.5, or CA Rule 21,
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