Boston, May 16, 2012 — EnerNOC, Inc., a provider of energy management applications, extended its role in the development of an open communication standard for automated demand response (Auto DR) by joining 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 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 MW across 12,500 commercial, institutional and industrial sites worldwide.
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, 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. Benefits of the OpenADR standard include lower costs of enabling technology, and could lead to improved reliability and efficiency of DR programs.