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The OpenADR Alliance, a nonprofit corporation created to foster the development, adoption and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) smart grid standard, has announced that a successful interoperability test event and workshop was held in Japan, followed by the execution of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Korea Smart Grid Association (KSGA).

More than 30 engineers representing 12 member companies attended an interoperability test event in Tokyo on June 21 hosted by OpenADR test partner Intertek. Participants tested OpenADR 2.0a and b server and client implementations, including the low-latency XMPP transport and high security features. The OpenADR Alliance is planning another interoperability test event in Japan in September.

Separately, the OpenADR Alliance and KSGA recently signed an MOU to form the OpenADR Alliance Korea. According to KSGA Vice Chairman Ho Moon, who spoke at a two-day OpenADR workshop earlier this month in Seoul, Korea, "the Korean electrical grid suffers from increasing power demand, and the OpenADR standard could help stabilize the Korean energy market through energy efficiency and reliability."

Barry Haaser, managing director of the OpenADR Alliance, comments, “Our progress in Japan and Korea demonstrate strong interest in the OpenADR 2.0 standard outside of the United States. The OpenADR Alliance is laying the foundation for global adoption of this important standard for automated demand response.”


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