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The OpenADR Alliance has released the OpenADR 2.0a profile specification, which the group says is the only existing open data model to exchange messages for demand-response events between a service provider, aggregator and end-user in commercial, industrial and residential markets.

OpenADR 2.0a is part of a suite of smart grid communication profiles that provide dynamic pricing, grid reliability and transactional signals using a server-client model to convey information rather than a network-based control structure, the group says.

Early implementations of OpenADR 2.0a have been pre-tested utilizing a test suite developed by partner QualityLogic. This OpenADR test tool will be used for all certification tests, as well as for pre-testing and development. Later this month, the alliance and Intertek, the official test service provider, will initiate official certification testing on candidate devices.

"The specification and new test tool together will allow us to support the rapid deployment of the first OpenADR-certified devices to drive greater energy management and efficiency for customers and utilities," says Barry Haaser, managing director of the OpenADR Alliance.



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