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Universal Devices integrates real time weather with OpenADR and home automation platform.

June 11, 2014 Encino, CA – Universal Devices, an industry leader in energy management and automation devices, announced today general availability of its enhanced weather reporting and forecast module. Together with HAMweather's Aeris service, users can now utilize weather data to make smart energy management decisions with the ISY994 platform.

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Powerit Solutions Receives OpenADR Alliance 2.0b Profile Certification

 

Full-Feature Specification for Complex Energy Management Solutions Enriches Demand Response and Distributed Energy Resource Management at Wholesale and Retail Levels

Seattle, WA., May 21, 2014 – Powerit Solutions, an international energy management technology company, today announced receipt of the OpenADR 2.0b Profile Specification certification. 

OpenADR 2.0b is a full-feature specification for complex energy management solutions supporting automated demand response (DR) and distributed energy resource management for both wholesale and retail programs.

Released in July 2013, OpenADR 2.0b builds on OpenADR 2.0a and the earlier OpenADR 1.0, which has been supported by Powerit Solutions.

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IPKeys, PJM, Walmart, Berkeley Lab and Schneider Electric Demonstrate Energy Management Advances with OpenADR 2.0b Market Pilots

EATONTOWN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IPKeys announced today the successful conclusion of multi-phase pilots at PJM Interconnection for Ancillary Services (Synchronous Reserve and Regulation) utilizing IPKeys’ OpenADR 2.0b certified Energy Interop Server & System (EISS™). The pilot participants - Walmart, PJM, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Schneider Electric – succeeded in showing the technological feasibility of using the OpenADR 2.0b profile in the field for ancillary services and regulation signaling.

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ecobee Becomes First Thermostat Company to Receive OpenADR 2.0b Certification

New certification provides homeowners and businesses with improved energy savings

Toronto, CANADA, April 17, 2014 – Today, ecobee, makers of the world’s first smart thermostat, announced it has received OpenADR 2.0b certification from the OpenADR Alliance, a nonprofit corporation created to foster the development, adoption, and compliance of the OpenADR smart grid standard. ecobee is the first company to have a 2.0b certified  thermostat  which provides standard-based communication between utilities and its customers to help improve energy savings and ease of participation in demand response (DR) programs.

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Closing the Demand Response Loop Between Buildings and the Grid

OpenADR 2.0 integration and the potential for smart-building-enabled demand response

JEFF ST. JOHN: AUGUST 30, 2013

Last week saw a host of companies launch products and platforms enabled to deliver thelatest version of OpenADR, the technology meant to standardize fast and reliable automated demand response. There’s plenty of information out there about how utilities, grid operators and third-party aggregators are using automated demand response, including OpenADR, to achieve their goals.

But what about the building side of the equation? Each building, whether it be a factory, office complex, or a humble home, has a different way to interpret, act on, and verify what it’s done to shed energy use in response to these automated signals. Closing that loop is also critical for utilities that want to know just how much power use reduction, at what speeds and levels of reliability, it’s getting out of the price signals and power-down commands that are being sent out. Read more . . .

 

In California, Building Codes and Demand Response Align

Title 24, OpenADR and the California smart grid/smart building experiment

JEFF ST. JOHN: JUNE 26, 2013

Last year, the California Energy Commission approved its latest version of Title 24, the state’s master building code -- a massive 244-page document covering everything from household windows and insulation to factories and skyscraper building management systems. Set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, the rules include a few changes that could really push automated, open-standards-based demand response into the mass market.

At least, that’s the hope of the OpenADR Alliance, a group with a very definite interest in the outcome. On Tuesday, the Alliance announced that OpenADR now officially “enables compliance” with the new Title 24 code when it comes to building management, lighting control and other building systems. Read more . . .

 

Transforming Buildings into Prosumers with the Smart Grid

Posted May 21, 2013

The Smart Grid will trigger many transformations.  Chief among them is the change in the relationship that consumers have with electricity.  We can transform from consumption roles to prosumption roles – producing electricity as well as consuming it.  One of the most prominent enablers for us to engage as prosumers are the buildings we inhabit as work and home spaces.  Buildings as prosumers will have profound impacts on the Smart Grid value chain.  It is also a harbinger of another transformation – the shift of “power”, so to speak, from being concentrated in the hands of utilities as the sole owners/distributors of electricity, to prosumers on a vastly distributed and decentralized basis. Read more . . .

 

DR & EE to become major smart grid players

+PG&E, Austin Energy Show off their programs

When temperatures soared into the high 90s last August, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) issued an alert to encourage conservation efforts among homeowners and businesses. As the state's main overseer of California's electric grid, CAISO was concerned that record use of air conditions would threaten the state's energy supply.
Following up on the conservation request, Pacific Gas & Electric called its demand response programs into effect, asking its customers to reduce demand during peak afternoon hours. The call for action was a huge success. California residents and businesses reduced energy use by nearly 1,000 megawatts on the steamy afternoon of Aug. 2, helping to maintain grid reliability across the state.

Read more here - http://www.intelligentutility.com/magazine/article/307997/dr-ee-become-major-smart-grid-players 

 

IPKeys Technologies Teams with Connexx Energy on OpenADR 2.0 Driver Software for Niagara AX


EATONTOWN, NJ. January 8, 2013 – IPKeys Technologies, an expert in Smart Grid communications technology and Connexx Energy, Inc., a subsidiary of Lynxspring, Inc. and leading developer of open technologies for building automation and energy management solutions today announced that they will partner to deliver an OpenADR 2.0 a-certified Virtual End Node (VEN) driver for the Niagara AX® platform. Through this solution, IPKeys Technologies and Connexx Energy will provide an OpenADR 2.0a-certified driver for Niagara AX®, permitting rapid deployment of standards-based AutoDR solutions to the Niagara community and enabling the collaborative facility-grid relationship necessary to make Smart Grid a reality.

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