OpenADR 2.0 Receives Big Boost from California’s Investor-Owned Utilities

December 2012

The OpenADR 2.0 standard for automated demand response (DR) received a hearty vote of confidence recently when the three California investor-owned utilities announced that they will ask their technology partners to adopt it in 2013. Originally developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab’s) Demand Response Research Center, the open standard supports emergency and price-based electricity dispatch between the utilities and their customers.

Spurred by support from the OpenADR Alliance and technology vendors, adoption of the OpenADR standard has been growing in recent years, with many companies releasing OpenADR 2.0a-compliant products in 2012 (see “OpenADR Continues to Move the Smart Grid Forward”). OpenADR 2.0b, slated to be released at the end of 2012, is expected to provide some fine-tuning of the standard, with features such as faster internet response times and a flexible reporting mechanism for data reports and wholesale DR markets.

OpenADR is already used to manage DR in more than 10 countries and manages about 260 megawatts of DR in California alone. This move by San Diego Gas & Electric, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Southern California Edison will continue to increase the standard’s use in the state and further solidify its use as an effective common standard worldwide.

Development of OpenADR was funded primarily by the California Energy Commission.