Demand Response plays a vital role in grid stabilization during hot Summers, easing severely constrained electrical grids from coast-to-coast.  Future energy crises caused by electricity demand exceeding system capacity can be postponed or even averted through Demand Response.  The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (www.ferc.gov) defines DR as “changes in electric use by demand-side resources from their normal consumption patterns in response to changes in the price of electricity, or to incentive payments designed to induce lower electricity use at times of high wholesale market prices or when system reliability is jeopardized.”  The ability of DR to avert an energy crisis is so promising that one FERC Commissioner has identified DR as the “killer application” for the Smart Grid. 

Automated Demand Response or ADR helps system operators reduce the operating costs of DR programs while increasing DR resource reliability. For customers, ADR reduces the resources and effort required to achieve successful results from these DR programs.  Automation is what also makes it possible to translate changes in wholesale markets to corresponding changes in retail rates, enabling customers to respond to DR signals in real-time to reduce demand. 

Successful implementation of ADR requires standardization allowing wholesale producers to communicate with utilities and aggregators, who in turn communicate with their customers, who can then reduce demand during peak periods.  Without an ADR standard, automated DR would be difficult and costly to implement.  System development, integration and installation costs could grow to prohibitive levels, and these proprietary and expensive assets could eventually become stranded.  Simply put:  Without a standard, it would be difficult for utilities to effectively implement this “killer application.” 

Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) is an open and standardized way for electricity providers and system operators to communicate DR signals with each other and with their customers using a common language over any existing IP-based communications network, such as the Internet.  As the most comprehensive standard for Automated Demand Response, OpenADR has achieved widespread support throughout the industry.

The OpenADR Alliance was formed by industry stakeholders to foster the development, adoption and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) Smart Grid standard utilizing existing standards from OASIS, UCA and NAESB.

Mission Statement

The mission of the OpenADR Alliance is to foster the development, adoption, and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standards through collaboration, education, training, testing and certification.

Why The OpenADR Alliance Was Formed

The OpenADR Alliance was formed 2010 by industry stakeholders to build on the foundation of technical activities to support the development, testing, and deployment of commercial OpenADR and facilitates its acceleration and widespread adoption. This approach needs to engage service providers (such as electric utilities and systems operators) within the domain of the Smart Grid that publish OpenADR signals, as well as the facilities or third-party entities that consume them to manage electric loads. The OpenADR Alliance will enable all stakeholders to participate in automated DR, dynamic pricing, and electricity grid reliability.

The OpenADR Alliance activities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Develop a conformance, certification, and testing process/program for OpenADR, coordinated with entities such as standard development organizations (SDOs), user groups, and Smart Grid activities.

  • Collaborate with SDOs and user groups for the continued enhancements of the OpenADR profile specification.

  • Collaborate with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and other government agencies to expand the adoption of OpenADR.

  • Collaborate with other alliances and organizations on global partnership opportunities.

  • Conduct and provide education and training sessions to help facilitate the development and adoption of OpenADR products and programs.

  • Facilitate OpenADR programs among utilities and system operators through case studies, specifications and industry best practices.

  • Provide resources to developers to facilitate the development, testing, and demonstration of OpenADR certified products.