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EnTouch Controls Leading Industry with OpenADR 2.0 Certification; Company
Provides Demand Response Services to Restaurants and Retailers

RICHARDSON, TEXAS – Oct. 14, 2014 – EnTouch Controls, a market leader of energy management as a service (EMaaS) and contributing member of the OpenADR Alliance, today announced that its EnTouch Controls EnTouch360° DR is OpenADR 2.0 certified.

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EcoFactor Delivers Verified Energy and Demand Results that Surpass the Competition

Third Party report shows EcoFactor outperforms all other Home Energy Management solutions including Nest and Opower by achieving 4kW per home demand savings and 11 percent AC energy savings

Redwood City, Calif. — August 26, 2014 — EcoFactor®, the leader in cloud-based home energy management services, today announced third-party measurement and verification results from its deployment as the heart  of NV Energy’s mPowered program, one of the country’s largest and most successful residential integrated demand side management (IDSM) programs, with more than 22,000 customers so far. The report, filed with the PUC of Nevada by NV Energy, confirms that in 2013 EcoFactor reduced AC usage by 11 percent and reduced peak loads by more than 4 kW per connected home and more than 2.7 kW per connected thermostat. The EcoFactor solution accomplished all this while maintaining consumer comfort and saving them an average of $100 per year. As a result, the program has now proven both that it is cost-effective and that it delivers an 86 percent customer satisfaction rating, as measured by NV Energy.

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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 . . .

 
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