The OpenADR Alliance has announced the successful completion of an interoperability test event – a step that is critical for implementing the OpenADR 2.0 standard for demand response in commercial, industrial and residential customer applications. Alliance member Kansas City Power & Light hosted a two-day PlugFest event, which provided early implementers of the OpenADR 2.0 standard an opportunity to test their products for interoperability with other members of the Alliance.

During the event Alliance members conducted a series of tests that included connectivity between servers and clients, and event scheduling, cancellation and modification -- all key elements in basic OpenADR 2.0 implementations. Members of the OpenADR Alliance participating in the PlugFest included: Akuacom, a unit of Honeywell, EnernNOC, Intertek, IPKeys, Johnson Controls, Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI), QualityLogic and Tendril.

"The positive outcome among participants at last week's PlugFest brings us closer to our goal of finishing the basic OpenADR 2.0 profile by the end of the year," said Rolf Bienert, technical director of the OpenADR Alliance. "These member events foster the collaboration necessary to ensure the rapid deployment of the OpenADR 2.0 standard which will help ensure grid reliability throughout the industry."

The industry demand to lower the cost, improve the reliability and accelerate the speed of Automated Demand Response (Auto-DR) and Smart Grid implementations in the United States has led to the rapid adoption of OpenADR 2.0. The OpenADR 2.0 technology is based on the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and builds on the successful OpenADR 1.0 specification supported by over 60 companies worldwide. The OpenADR Alliance will provide utilities, Independent System Operators (ISOs), regulators and controls suppliers with a selection of certified OpenADR 2.0 products for cost-effective Demand Response (DR) implementation.