MORGAN HILL, Calif. — The OpenADR Alliance has announced the first draft of its OpenADR 2.0 Program Guide to facilitate more demand response (DR) programs and advance product development. The guide defines typical automated demand response (ADR) programs and explains how they are implemented using OpenADR 2.0. The OpenADR Program Guide expands the range of DR scenarios available to energy providers, while giving equipment manufacturers better information on typical DR program usage models.

“The OpenADR standard is rapidly becoming the international solution of choice for residential, commercial, and industrial DR programs,” said Rolf Bienert, technical director, OpenADR Alliance. “This guide will provide manufacturers with a better understanding of the requirements of their systems beyond the OpenADR 2.0 interface and will give utilities commonly used recipes tailored to target typical DR objectives and problems.”

“Each DR program is unique, aligned to the requirements of the region it is deployed in,” said Ed Koch, co-author and ambassador, OpenADR Alliance. “This guide was created to shed light on the variability of DR program designs, deployment scenarios, and OpenADR characteristics to help expand deployment of ADR programs and adoption of OpenADR certified products.”

The program guide is expected to provide equipment manufacturers with a better understanding of DR program usage so they can design or modify their control systems as needed.

The OpenADR Alliance is soliciting feedback on the draft document (send comments to and it plans to publish the final guide in mid-2015. In order to enable system-level interoperability, the OpenADR Alliance is also planning to create a testing and certification program for the templates contained in the program guide.

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Publication date: 2/23/2015

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