OpenADR Alliance Hosts International OpenADR Symposium: “The Protocol for Distributed Energy Resources and the Future Grid”

Multi-day event will explore how global organizations standardize DR and DER communications, automate DR/DER processes, simplify customer energy management and reduce stranded assets

San Ramon, California, April 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The OpenADR Alliance today announced it will host an International OpenADR Symposium: The Protocol for Distributed Energy Resources and the Future Grid, June 11-13, 2019. The event will be held at PG&E’s Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco, CA. 

The event is co-hosted by Southern California Edison and is open to OpenADR members and non-members. Attendees will explore and engage in why standardized communications are critical to effectively scaling the future grid. Various workshops will focus on the application of open, highly secure, two-way information exchange for dynamic pricing and reliability signals between utility, aggregator and DERs.

The Symposium is aimed at OpenADR Alliance members and prospective members; DR/DER program developers and managers; policy makers and regulators; utility professionals; researchers; control suppliers and industry media.  

The program offers four workshops, a member meeting and reception, networking and small group tours to Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory's FLEXLAB in Berkeley, CA,an area facility with OpenADR applications. 

Workshop topics include:

  • Workshop 1: Protocol and Code Landscape –Co-chaired by Janie Page, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Gabriel Taylor, California Energy Commission; and Bob Warden, Itron 
    • Where Is OpenADR Today (SMUD Price Communication Application and Impact of California Title 24 and Other Grid Codes)
    • Open Protocols for DER Communications: Where Does OpenADR Fit?
  • Workshop 2: Bring Your Own Device Programs –Co-chaired by Albert Chiu, PG&E; Jamie Coffel, Honeywell; and Jim Boch, IPKeys 
    • Utility Case Studies 
    • Solution Provider Panel
  • Workshop 3: Electric Vehicles and Storage –Co-chairs: Mark Martinez and Carl Besaw, Southern California Edison 
    • Utility Case Studies (SCE’s Charge Ready DR Pilot, PG&E's Excess Supply Program,Southern California's Residential Storage Pilot Program)
    • Solution Provider Panel
  • Workshop 4: Next-Generation OpenADR: DER Groups and Transactive Energy –Co-chaired by Walt Johnson, EPRI; and Pierre Mullin, Siemens
    • What's Next for OpenADR 
    • Use for Price or TOU Schedule Communications 

For complete details on the agenda, speakers, and to register,please visit the Symposium page.

About the OpenADR Alliance

The OpenADR Alliance, a nonprofit corporation created to foster the development, adoption and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standard, helps utilities manage the growing pool of distributed energy resources (DER), which includes renewable energy, energy storage, demand response and electric vehicle charging. The OpenADR standard supports communications to all DER resources to manage changes in load shape, energy inputs and power characteristics of DER assets. More information can be found at


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