Vendor information: Create a certified product

Manufacturers that would like to implement an OpenADR 2.0 interface in their systems can use the following information to start the planning process.

General Requirements:

-         Manufacturers must at least be a Contributor member of the OpenADR Alliance. Membership must be maintained to keep the certification active. Issued certificates do not expire but the web listing will expire if membership lapses

-         Final testing has to be conducted at an OpenADR Alliance test lab

-         (Free) OpenADR 2.0 test security certificates must be used for testing (

-         Passing test report and documents will be made publicly available. Only products listed on the OpenADR Alliance website are deemed certified

-         The OpenADR Alliance strongly recommends that DR deployments use specific OpenADR security certificates. However, beyond the product testing and certification, we cannot mandate what utilities, aggregators, or other DR program operators implement

Resources & Cost:

Manufacturers will need to decide between the OpenADR 2.0a Profile (for simpler programs and systems – only simple levels of DR Event service) and OpenADR 2.0b (full specification). VTNs must support both profiles, transport mechanisms and security certificate types. VENs can pick and choose profile, transport, and certificate type.

-         Download the specification here - (OK for non-members, free)

-         Minimum Contributor Membership - (Cost $1,500 - $7,500)

-         Download the test plan, sample payloads and certification documents from the members area (members only)

-         Optionally, manufacturers can purchase the Alliance’ official test tool. The tool is identical to the one used by the test houses for the final certification tests and can be used for pre-testing and development. Note that the non-member price is different from the member price - (Cost for members - $5,500 (optional purchase))

-         Once ready for final testing, contact your closest test facility. Please see for locations and additional information. Testing typically has a 1-2 week lead time. To receive a quotation from the test house, manufacturers need to submit a filled in PICS document (part of the certification documents for members). (Cost ranges from $4,500 (simple VEN) to $10,000 (full VTN) depending on the supported features)

-         Submit certification documents to [email protected]. Turnaround time for certification and web listing is typically 2-3 business days if the documentation is complete. No cost.

-        OpenADR 2.0 uses client security certificates to comply with accepted cyber security requirements. Eventually manufacturers need to implement security certificates. The type of certificates depend on the deployment requirement. However OpenADR also provides specific certificates that several deployments require - (Cost ranges from $0.18 - $43.00 per client certificates + annual maintenance fee; this depends greatly on the total number of certificates purchased)

Other resources:

EPRI Open Source project

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has created an open source implementation of an OpenADR 2.0b VTN and VEN. EPRI also went through certification testing with the software and achieved certified status for both products. The software can be found here –

OpenADR 2.0b Open Source Virtual Top Node - VTN: 

OpenADR 2.0 Open Source Virtual End Node - VEN:

Note: The software packages might not be the final one. Check back for updates.

QualityLogic test server

Our test tool vendor QualityLogic has implemented the above Open Source tool kit in a cloud environment for vendors to test their initial client systems. Please click here.

Developer Resources

There are several consultants that are very familiar with OpenADR. Check them out.