OpenADR DER Tutorial and Workshop Hosted By EPRI in
Presented by The OpenADR Alliance

April 18-19, 2017
Hosted by EPRI at 3420 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304

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Understanding the DER Communications Protocol Landscape

The OpenADR Alliance and EPRI are organizing a two-day event to review the current state of DER communications protocols and provide options for the OpenADR Alliance to consider as it expands its reach into DER communications.   Distribution operations planners are starting to consider demand response as one of the key DER assets it can utilize for improved grid operations.   The OpenADR standard is being used in conjunction with EV charging, battery storage and solar PV.

Leading up to the workshop, a broad range of participants, representing utilities and the leading standards for DER coordination and management for grid operations came together on several conference calls to set the ground work for this meeting. These include the SunSpec Alliance, MESA Alliance, EPRI, SEPA, SGIP, IEEE 2030.5, HECO, SCE and more.

Tutorial & Workshop

The OpenADR Alliance and the demand response industry are at an interesting inflection point, as the worlds of demand response and distributed energy resources converge. OpenADR members and interested parties are encouraged to join the OpenADR Alliance and EPRI for an important two-day meeting to help shape the future of DR and DER. This special meeting will start with a half-day tutorial to help participants understand utility-DER communications requirements and protocols.

After a lunch with presentations on the EPRI DER related projects and the OpenADR Alliance. The remaining time over the two days attendees will identify current and emerging DER requirements; open standard communications protocols that are being used or considered to meet them; gaps in the requirements/protocol landscape and how the OpenADR standard should evolve to make the optimum contribution to the industry. 

DER Requirements and Protocols Workshop

One of the major challenges facing the energy industry today is the siloed nature of both requirements and communications protocols for DER integration. Requirements and communications standards for solar PV, battery storage, electric vehicles and demand response have been developed independently. This creates a challenge for grid operators who need to manage a constantly changing set of DER resources as integrated grid assets. 

The DER tutorial will help attendees gain a better understanding of the DER landscape, requirements and communications standards from an integrated management perspective.    This education oriented tutorial will leverage the pre-work in progress for the DER Workshop as well as the industry experts who are working across the different DER asset classes to simplify the communications platforms required for integrated DER management.

DER Workshop

The OpenADR Alliance is being drawn into the DER marketplace due to the important role it plays in communicating with key energy resources in the grid.  The primary goal of the DER workshop is to identify the grid requirements and standards that are used (or planning to be used) for DER communications today and to identify how the OpenADR standard can be extended to address the critical gaps that exist in the protocol landscape.

Why Attend?

Many utilities, aggregators and vendors are working to design and implement integrated management of portfolios of different types of DER assets. More often, than not, these entities are looking for guidance on how to implement a communications infrastructure that can support essential business and policy objectives for DER integration. Several utilities and solution providers are leveraging their investments in the OpenADR standard and technology to address the DER needs of the marketplace, because good alternatives do not exist. Yet, some of these applications are beyond the original intent and design of the current OpenADR standard.  Industry stakeholders are encouraged to attend this workshop to help shape the future of the OpenADR standard and the DER marketplace.

Workshop Format

The workshop is targeting industry experts and stakeholders who have been divided into two working groups to prepare materials ahead of time for the workshop. The working groups are active and tasked with the development of reports on the 1) use cases and requirements for integrated grid services involving different DER asset classes and 2) the communications protocols in use and emerging for integrated DER management.   The working groups and resultant deliverables are in preparation for the workshop to provide a basis for discussion and recommendations for the direction of the OpenADR standard.

Key Deliverables

  1. Review use cases and requirements for various DER assets (PV, Storage, EV, DR, other?) that are emerging to guide the communications standards for DER integration.
  2. Perform a DER-related evaluation and comparison of the various DER-related messaging protocols in use today (OpenADR, IEEE 2030.5 (SEP 2), IEC 61850, DNP 3, SunSpec, OpenFMB, etc). The primary goal is to clarify the current and potential roles each standard plays in DER communications and to identify the potential DER-related gaps that exist today.
  3. Develop a set of options for the OpenADR Alliance to consider as either modifications or enhancements to the OpenADR Specification, PICS and Test Specification to meet DER requirements more effectively.

To get involved with one of the working groups and to participate in the OpenADR DER Work Group (membership in OpenADR NOT required), contact Barry Haaser (; Rolf Bienert ( or James Mater ( 

April 18th Agenda

 8:30  -  9:00

Registration and Light Breakfast

 9:00  -  9:15

Welcome and Opening Remarks

 9:15 - 10:30

DER Communications Landscape Tutorial

10:30 - 11:00

Break & Networking

11:00- 12:00

DER Communications Landscape Tutorial

12:00 - 1:30


1:30 – 2:00

Break and Networking

 2:00 – 2:30

DER Communications Landscape Workshop

Review Workshop Agenda and Goals

Identify DER Requirements for PV, Storage, EVs and DR

 2:30 -  3:30

Communications Protocols: Comparisons and Gaps

 3:30 -  4:00

Break & Networking

 4:00 -  5:00

Communications Protocols: Comparisons and Gaps

 5:00 -  7:00

Cocktails and Networking 


April 19th Agenda

 8:00  -  9:00

Continental Breakfast & Networking

9:00 - 9:30

Summary from Day 1

9:30 - 10:30

Review of DER Requirements and Use Cases

10:30 - 11:00

Break & Networking

11:00- 12:30

Evaluation and GAP Analysis of Standards for DER Management. Comparison of the key messaging protocols. Mapping the standards to the key DER use cases.

12:30 - 1:30


 1:30 -  3:00

Breakout Session: Options For Revisions To The OpenADR Standard: Develop a set of options for the role of OpenADR and any modifications/enhancements required of the OpenADR standard to meet DER requirements more effectively.

 3:00 -  3:30

Break & Networking

 3:30 -  4:30

Review Options from Breakout Sessions and conclude on a set of recommendations to the OpenADR Alliance.

 4:30 -  5:00

Summary and Conclusions: DER Communications Gaps and Options for the OpenADR Alliance




Registration and Participation Fee

There is a small participation fee associated with this workshop of $150.00 per person to help cover the costs associated with this event. Please visit the registration page to register for the meeting.  Note that foreign nationals will also need to pre-register with EPRI. Please contact us for details, if this pertains to you.


This two-day meeting provides companies with an excellent opportunity to reach key players in the DER marketplace. If your company is interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Shannon Mayette < to discuss the various sponsorship opportunities available.

Location and Hotels

The event is being hosted by EPRI at their Palo Alto offices at 3420 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304.   There are a number of hotels nearby. See the EPRI Flyer