AMSTERDAM — The Open Automated Demand Response Alliance (OpenADR) and Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that lays the foundation for the two organizations to cooperate on the utilization of demand-side flexibility for optimization of smart energy systems. By working together, the partners aim to accelerate the development of an integrated smart energy future that is energy-efficient, cost-effective, and beneficial for businesses and consumers alike.

OpenADR is an open and standardized way for electricity providers and system operators to communicate demand-response (DR) signals with each other and with their customers, using a common language. USEF delivers the integrated market structure, the tools, and rules for commoditization and trading of flexible energy use. USEF specifies the roles, processes, and data communication basics that enable maximizing the value of flexible energy use. As such, USEF provides a universal framework to accommodate and monetize OpenADR standardization services.

USEF Foundation and the OpenADR Alliance recognize mutual advantages in cooperation: OpenADR could benefit from USEF’s front-running position in Europe and existing alignment with European initiatives. USEF benefits from the fact that OpenADR is adopted by many equipment manufacturers and from the practical experience with U.S. DR programs. Under the agreement, the two organizations will work together to harmonize the communication methods used to execute the business functions defined by USEF. Both parties will also collaborate on key industry initiatives, such as creating and proposing new DR and flexibility programs, implementation of value-add functions for utilities, and other energy sector companies.

“Collaborating with USEF will bring together industry experts and key stakeholders to help make smarter and more connected infrastructures a reality in Europe,” said Rolf Bienert, technical director of the OpenADR Alliance. “Featuring programs and case studies outside of the U.S. in the OpenADR Demand Response Program Guide will help facilitate more DR programs and further product development across Europe.”

OpenADR is a comprehensive standard for automated demand response, with widespread support throughout the industry, specifically in the U.S., said Jeroen Bode, project director, USEF Foundation. “Together with common framework like USEF, projects, products, and services will be more rapidly connectable and beneficial for all involved.”

Publication date: 11/30/2015

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