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Adoption by Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison Demonstrates Standard Maturity and Product Availability

Grid-Interop, IRVING, TX, Dec. 3, 2012 - The OpenADR Alliance, a nonprofit corporation created to foster the development, adoption and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) Smart Grid standard, today announced that California investor owned utilities plan to require the OpenADR 2.0 standard for new customers in their Demand Response (DR) Enabling Technology programs in 2013.  Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) and Southern California Edison (SCE) will add OpenADR 2.0 certified products to support locational dispatch of emergency and price DR, resources allowing them to better manage peak demand without the need for expensive new power plants.

OpenADR is an open global standard that enables electricity providers and system operators to automatically communicate DR signals with each other and their customers using a common language over any existing IP-based communications network.  OpenADR standardizes DR price and reliability messages that automates and simplifies customer DR participation, and improves DR event results.

“The availability of products complying with the OpenADR 2.0 standard will allow us to reduce the cost and improve the performance of our AutoDR programs,” said Albert Chiu, product manager, of Pacific Gas & Electric.  “Using an OpenADR-based system, our customers can better manage their energy use during DR events, and the utility can minimize stranded assets at the same time.  The automated system has provided PG&E and our customers a better way to manage DR resources.” 

Other key benefits of OpenADR 2.0 implementation include:

• The rapid delivery of price and event information through a secure network
• Improves the predictability of DR resources before/during an event
• Maximizes the amount of incentives available from utilities to implement AutoDR-enabled control systems
• Supports ‘fast DR’ which will facilitate the integration of an increasing amount of renewable energy sources and the use of DR for ancillary services
• Reduces the cost of deploying AutoDR programs and technologies as OpenADR functionality is designed directly into third party products

CatNet Systems Interoperability showcase at Grid-Interop, Dec. 3 - 6, 2012

At Grid-Interop, OpenADR Alliance is hosting a Plug-In demonstration to showcase the Akuacom Demand Response Automation Server, an OpenADR-certified server from Honeywell, communicating with an OpenADR client and server from Fujitsu. The OpenADR Test Harness, developed by QualityLogic and the OpenADR Alliance, will also participate in the demonstration as both a server and client and showcase mapping into the MultiSpeak standard.

About the OpenADR Alliance
The OpenADR Alliance fosters the development, adoption, and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standard through collaboration, education, training, testing, and certification. The OpenADR Alliance is open to all interested stakeholders interested in accelerating the adoption of the OpenADR standard for price- and reliability-based demand response. More information can be obtained at


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