EnerNOC, Inc., a leading provider of energy management applications for utilities and commercial, institutional, and industrial customers, extended its leadership role in the continued development of an open communication standard for automated demand response (Auto DR) by announcing today that it has joined the Board of Directors of the OpenADR Alliance.
The OpenADR Alliance is an industry group that fosters global development, adoption, and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) smart grid standard. With its seat on the Board, EnerNOC will leverage its experience in managing its demand response network of more than 8,000 megawatts across 12,500 commercial, institutional, and industrial sites worldwide, and its expertise in implementing automated demand response solutions for its network of utility partners.
One of the first companies to join the OpenADR Alliance when membership first opened in 2010, EnerNOC has been at the forefront of standards development that accelerates the enablement of demand response. When the OpenADR standard was first being developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Global Energy Partners (now part of EnerNOC Utility Solutions) worked closely with LBNL on the deployment and testing of the new standard. In 2009, the OpenADR 1.0 protocol was donated to the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and was developed into a formal specification, Energy Interoperations 1.0. This specification is the basis for OpenADR 2.0, the emerging version of the standard. Both the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) have endorsed OpenADR as a key smart grid standard.
EnerNOC will continue to improve, implement, and test the technologies needed to enable utilities and grid operators to design automated demand response programs that maximize resource value and cost-effectiveness. Auto DR streamlines the communication and signaling surrounding a demand response dispatch such that building management systems can respond in seconds to signals from a utility or curtailment services provider (CSP). Benefits of the OpenADR standard include lower costs of enabling technology, and could lead to improved reliability and efficiency of DR programs.
“OpenADR 2.0 represents an important development in standardizing how systems interact with each other across the grid, and this improved interoperability will facilitate quicker, seamless, and more efficient connections between stakeholders in demand response programs,” said David Hardin, Senior Director of Smart Grid Standards at EnerNOC. “EnerNOC is proud to be a leader of the OpenADR Alliance, where we can leverage our experience in support of standards that improve the delivery of demand response.”
EnerNOC Utility Solutions (enernoc.com) has teamed with hundreds of utilities and grid operators worldwide to meet their demand-side management objectives. Our Program Implementation group partners with leading utilities to deliver custom-tailored demand response and energy efficiency programs designed to maximize both cost-effectiveness and customer satisfaction within the commercial, industrial, and agricultural market segments. Our Consulting Services group supports a broad range of utility demand-side management activities, including potential assessments, program design and administration, load research, technology demonstrations, measurement and evaluation, and regulatory support. EnerNOC leverages its experience working with thousands of commercial, institutional, industrial, and agricultural sites, its SMART suite of energy management solutions, and its Network Operations Center (NOC), to deliver reliable load reductions and millions of kilowatt hours of energy savings each year.
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