OpenADR Connections Update from Portland!

esmart Reported by Barry Haaser  barry@openadr.org

The technical committee had a fruitful three-hour face-to-face session at the Member Meeting in Portland last week. The team started new discussions around OpenADR 2.0 deployment architectures and the support for specific Demand Response (DR) Programs. In order to facilitate these discussions further, a new working group was created. This newly formed Implementation Working Group will create use cases for DR programs with OpenADR 2.0, hence making implementation easier for program operators and system vendors alike.

Digital Certificates: The OpenADR Alliance root certificates and Certificate Authority systems were create during a highly secure creation ceremony at Symantec this week. OpenADR Members can now obtain digital certificates through our portal. More information will be sent to the members shortly.

Success Story Campaign:  We want to help you promote your OpenADR-related products and solutions! We’re launching a new campaign called “Success with OpenADR” to develop Alliance member success stories.  These brief, 1-3 minute video or one-page written stories will help your company and the Alliance. If interested, please provide a contact name, email and phone number for your organization to Shannon@openadr.org so we can assist you on your success video or story today.

OpenADR Alliance Hosts Successful Member Meeting and Open House in Portland
Portland General Electric hosted the OpenADR Alliance at the World Trade Center Portland on September 17th. Attendees received an annual report on the alliance from managing director Barry Haaser. Haaser stated that membership doubled over the past year to 100, representing significant and growing interest in OpenADR 2.0. Over 20 products have passed 2.0a or b certification testing and several utilities are implementing OpenADR programs. According to Haaser “About 40% of the of the attendees were non-member companies interested in learning more about OpenADR 2.0.
Rolf Beinert, alliance technical director walked attendees through the 2.0b Profile Specification and shared the technical priorities of the alliance involving IEC standardization, OpenADR deployment methods and new initiative focused on implementers guidelines. Mark Kerbel of REGEN Energy delivered the Marketing Committee update where he provided an update on the marketing plan, alliance upcoming activities and social media programs. OpenADR Board Members Albert Chiu Carl Besaw spoke about their OpenADR projects. This was followed by a discussion about the new building code changes taking place in California tied to Title 24 requiring autoDR interfaces in energy management systems, lighting control systems and certain thermostats in new buildings   over 10,000 square feet.
Nine member companies shared information about their OpenADR 2.0a and 2.0b product implementations: AutoGrid, Fujitsu, Honeywell, Institute For Information Industry, IPKeys, Powerit, REGEN Energy, Siemens, and Universal Devices.
Bill Nicholson, a senior vice president with Portland General Electric who oversees Transmission, Distribution, Customer Service and Customer Strategies & Business Development, welcomed meeting attendees. He provided an overview of PGE’s operations and energy mix. Bill was followed by Jeff Harris, NEEA Director of Technology and Market Strategy who delivered a keynote address about the role of energy efficiency and OpenADR and how the two are linked together.  The day ended with an Open House where attendees networked and learned more about OpenADR implementations from AutoGrid, IPKeys and Powerit.  The alliance slides as well as most of the slide decks from those members that delivered product presentations are posted to the OpenADR site.
Upcoming Events:  14th PLMA Fall Conference Oct. 29-30, 2013 in Atlanta OpenADR to host a pre-event workshop on Oct. 28th from 1-5pm at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta.
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