Smart thermostat company ecobee wins OpenADR certification

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Smart thermostat ecobee received OpenADR 2.0b certification from the OpenADR Alliance, a nonprofit corporation created to foster the development, adoption, and compliance of the OpenADR smart grid standard.

ecobee's 2.0b certified thermostat provides standard-based communication between utilities and its customers to help improve energy savings and ease of participation in demand response (DR) programs.

The market for smart thermostats is experiencing widespread adoption. According to Navigant Research, nearly 32 million smart thermostats will be installed worldwide by the year 2020. As dramatic growth occurs, standardization is crucial to simplify DR programs and increase participation so homeowners and businesses can easily save energy during high peak times.

Designed for more sophisticated devices, OpenADR 2.0b supports most DR services and markets including commercial, industrial and residential environments which enables broad-based and completely automated participation in DR events. It includes flexible reporting capabilities for past, current and future data reports.

ecobee’s certification of OpenADR 2.0b was sponsored by the Ministry of Energy and funded in part through the Ontario Smart Grid Fund initiative.

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