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.


Closing the Demand Response Loop Between Buildings and the Grid

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


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.

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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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OpenADR Continues to Move the Smart Grid Forward

Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR)—the standard for open automation of building electricity demand response and price communications—has gained considerable attention since it emerged from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (Berkeley Lab's) Demand Response Research Center in 2008. This non-proprietary DR interface facilitates open, standardized communication that enables power providers and managers to securely communicate wholesale and retail price and reliability, as well as DR program information, with customers using existing electronic communications. Developed as an effective means for DR service providers to maintain grid reliability and for customers to benefit (and profit from) demand reduction, OpenADR is now becoming an integral component of the U.S. and international Smart Grid.

OpenADR 1.0 was developed as a non-proprietary open communication specification by Berkeley Lab researchers and industrial partners for U.S. markets. In 2009, they donated it to the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), where it became the basis for the formal international Energy Interoperation 1.0 standard. In 2010, OpenADR 1.0 became a U.S. Smart Grid standard supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Today it supports more than 250 megawatts of automated DR in California alone, and cleantech market intelligence firm Pike Research predicts that it will be used in nearly 170,000 sites by 2018.

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Z-Wave Alliance to Demonstrate Interoperable Smart Grid Solutions at Grid-Interop; Live Demos of Active Demand Response via Z-Wave and OpenADR for the Smart Grid-Smart Home Connection

The Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium of global companies that oversees the world's largest interoperable ecosystem for wireless home control products and services, will be conducting demonstrations of demand response solutions for the Smart Grid at the Grid-Interop Conference, to be held in Irving, TX, December 3-6.

The Alliance demonstration will showcase live OpenADR feeds bridged in real time to commercially available Z-Wave products that will automatically change states based on OpenADR requests. Alliance Members BuLogics and Echo Labs will demonstrate hardware and software solutions for these Smart Grid applications. In addition, Alliance Member Universal Devices will participate in a panel discussion on Demand Response Systems.

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Fujitsu Is First Japanese Company to Join OpenADR2.0A Interoperability Test

Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc. (FLA) and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., today announced that Fujitsu is the first Japanese company to demonstrate a system compliant with the OpenADR2.0a specification(1). The demonstration is part of the interoperability plug-in event at Grid-Interop 2012, the largest Smart Grid interoperability event in the United States, held in Irving, Texas between December 3rd and 6th, 2012. Grid-Interop is an annual forum organized by the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC), which was formed by the U.S. Department of Energy to promote interoperability in the Smart Grid space.

Demand Response (DR) technology has attracted significant attention as it provides an effective mechanism to maintain balance between supply and demand throughout a smart city. DR works by prompting users to curtail electricity consumption when a utility is nearing its generation capacity. Fujitsu completed development of a Demand Response Automation Server (DRAS) prototype that is compliant with OpenADR 2.0a, the international DR standard, and is the first Japanese company to perform interoperability testing with other vendors' products at Grid-Interop 2012.

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