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Japan's move to open its electric energy sector to new entrants presents a ripe business opportunity for U.S. consultancies and other firms and organizations wanting to help it make the transition.

OpenADR Alliance

When you enjoy the position of being the only global standard, it seems only natural that you'll be called upon to consult with new markets. That's how the OpenADR Alliance, based in California, got involved in Japan's move to a competitive market.

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Schneider Electric announced its partnership with IPKeys Technologies, LLC, a provider of standards based energy interoperations software, network communications engineering, and enterprise security solutions that enable energy providers and their customers to achieve a more reliable, safer, and more economically beneficial smart grid.

Utilizing the OpenADR 2.0b protocol, facilities benefit from increased flexibility and improved usability for better customer experience and enhanced performance. Read more: http://www.directionsmag.com/pressreleases/ipkeys-power-partners-teams-with-schneider-electric-to-provide-enhanced-ene/453542

EnTouch Controlslaunched the Advanced Peak Energy Management service to enable restaurant and retail facilities to reduce monthly energy spending by curtailing the amount of energy used during peak demand hours. The EnTouch360° building control platform is OpenADR 2.0 certified, which makes it possible for restaurant and retail facilities to receive electrical rate information and participate in demand response and peak demand programs. To view article click here: http://www.energymanagertoday.com/demand-response-restaurants-retail-0114003/

 

The OpenADR standard for automated demand response is often misunderstood as just a standard for demand response. In fact, it is a powerful standard capable of supporting a broad spectrum of applications that fall under the demand response umbrella. As the only global standard for demand response, OpenADR is uniquely positioned to address a multitude of load control and load management applications. To view article click here http://www.greenbiz.com/article/how-utilities-can-help-fix-smart-grid-education-problem

Siemens’ SureGrid detects the grid-responsive potential in every building energy controller. To view entire article please visit: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/will-building-energy-controls-and-demand-response-converge

When choosing thermostats which are the best options for Bring Your Own Thermostat programs, always look for OpenADR 2.0b certification. OpenADR 2.0b is a standard-based communication protocol that helps improve energy savings and ease of participation in demand response programs. To view entire article visit: http://www.intelligentutility.com/article/15/03/why-utilities-need-embrace-new-connected-technology

"As more consumers subscribe to smart home services, they begin to realize there are other things they can easily add to the system, like thermostats," said Barry Haaser, Managing Director, OpenADR Alliance; President, Lakeview Group. "Likewise, for those purchasing smart thermostats, they will tap into the ecosystem supporting that particular platform and purchase other smart products. We are already seeing impressive sales of smart thermostats, so we know that consumers are willing to spend more for smart products. Smart Energy Summit offers an excellent opportunity to discuss the next wave of smart products, including multiprotocol gateways that will allow use of different brands and technologies together in a single, unified system."http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/one-third-us-broadband-households-interested-bundling-energy-service-with-hvac-maintenance-1992309.htm

Southern California Edison is the latest utility to pilot the use of electric vehicles for grid services. SCE is using 80 level 2 chargers at different utility facilities for the project in order to test various pricing options for demand response events.

“This is the largest deployment of charge stations enabled for demand response today,” said Brett Hauser, CEO of Greenlots, the company that will provide the smart charging platform for the pilot.  To read entire article visit: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/sce-tests-electric-vehicles-for-demand-response

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DEMAND RESPONSE

“For years, the power grid was a one-way network. Utilities could control supply, but they couldn’t adequately or dynamically control demand. The most practical way to deal with an anticipated spike in consumption was to increase supply. Demand response was the first step in transforming the relationship between utilities and consumers into a two-way street. Click here for entire article. 

The results of a partnership between Duke Energy, Ford and Siemens testing home EV charging technology are in. The 18-month long pilot with Ford and Duke Energy in Erlanger, Kentucky, showed how EV charging solutions are helping homeowners better understand how much they are spending to charge their EVs and how they can manage their energy usage better from the comfort of their home. View article here.

 
Barry Haaser, managing director, was appointed to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee reporting to The Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. Haaser was appointed effective immediately through June 12, 2016 as a representative of the OpenADR Alliance.To view the entire release visit here.
New article by James Mater, QualityLogic and Rolf Bienert, OpenADR Alliance: Let's begin under the premise that you (end-user, utility, aggregator, etc.) want to acquire technology from different vendors, specify the communications interface between products and have all such products install and work together easily and quickly (similar to adding a new printer to your PC - sometimes it's called "plug and play"). To read entire article visit: http://www.energycentral.com/utilitybusiness/informationtechnology/articles/3043
AutoGrid is proud to announce Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) as a customer. Our Demand Response Optimization and Management System (DROMS) application has been selected to implement and manage advanced demand response demonstrations, enabling BPA to schedule and automate events and see actual load shed during events.

Entire press release:
http://www.auto-grid.com/gallery/autogrid-bpa/
Universal Devices, a leader in energy management and automation devices, today announced the deployment of “Energy Management In a Box.” The new offering, the first low-cost system configured for the small and medium business (SMB) market, complies with California’s Title 24 building requirements and further extends demand response (DR) using OpenADR. Read More: http://marketersmedia.com/universal-devices-brings-energy-management-in-a-box-to-small-medium-business-customers/66169

OpenADR member THG Energy Solutions earned top spot in this year’s Fierce Innovation Awards: Energy Edition, a utility-reviewed awards program from the publishers of FierceEnergy and FierceSmartGrid. THG Energy Solutions won first place in the Demand Response/Demand Side Management category. For more information click here.

 

EcoFactor is achieving very solid energy savings in Nevada. Can it do the same around the country?

After a full year of offering residential efficiency and demand response services to customers in Nevada, EcoFactor is releasing third-party results showing very strong savings that appear to beat other leading competitors. To view entire article: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/third-party-results-show-ecofactors-home-energy-offering-works-really-well

Be sure to check out the latest DR article by members IPKeys and LBNL:

The new, highly-secure automated Demand Response (DR) platform, OpenADR 2.0b, opens up the next generation of markets for DR and energy market program participants. To view entire article: http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/Electric-Energy/eemag_july-august2014/2014080601/57.html#56