OpenADR smart grid standard tested by KCP&L

The test is a step that is critical for implementing the OpenADR 2.0 standard for demand response in commercial, industrial and residential customer applications

Morgan Hill, Calif., November 9, 2011 — The OpenADR Alliance, a nonprofit corporation created to foster the development, adoption and compliance of a smart grid standard known as Open Automated Demand Response, announced the successful completion of an interoperability test event.

The test is a step that is critical for implementing the OpenADR 2.0 standard for demand response in commercial, industrial and residential customer applications.

Alliance member Kansas City Power & Light hosted a two-day PlugFest event, which provided early implementers of the OpenADR 2.0 standard an opportunity to test their products for interoperability with other members of the alliance.

During the event alliance members conducted a series of tests that included connectivity between servers and clients, and event scheduling, cancelation and modification — all key elements in basic OpenADR 2.0 implementations.

Members of the OpenADR Alliance participating in the PlugFest included: Akuacom, a unit of Honeywell, EnerNOC, Intertek, IPKeys, Johnson Controls, Open Access Technology International, QualityLogic and Tendril.

The industry demand to lower the cost, improve the reliability and accelerate the speed of automated demand response and smart grid implementations in the U.S. has led to the rapid adoption of OpenADR 2.0.

The OpenADR 2.0 technology is based on the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards and builds on the successful OpenADR 1.0 specification supported by more than 60 companies worldwide.

The OpenADR Alliance will provide utilities, independent system operators, regulators and controls suppliers with a selection of certified OpenADR 2.0 products for cost-effective demand response implementation.

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