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Berkeley Lab Researchers Announce OpenADR Specification to Ease Saving Power in Buildings Through Demand Response
New specification will advance development of â€œSmart Gridâ€
Berkeley, CAâ€”A new data model developed by researchers at the Department of Energyâ€™s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and their colleagues at other universitiesÂ and in the private sector will help facilities and buildings save power through automated demand response technology, and advance the development of the Smart Grid.
The researchers who developed Open ADR (Open Automated Demand Response) are part of the Demand Response Research CenterÂ (DRRC), a center funded by the California Energy Commissionâ€™s Public Interest Energy Research Program. The DRRCâ€™s goal is to develop technologies to make it possible for buildings and facilities to adopt demand response as a way of saving peak power use, and reducing stress on the electric grid during times of high energy demand.
â€œThe purpose of this specification is to help building and facilities managers implement automated demand response in their facilities, as well as assist electric utilities to help their commercial and industrial customers participate in power pricing programs that incorporate automated demand responseâ€¦
â€œOpenADR also helps manufacturers of building automation equipment design products for Smart Grid implementation, and power aggregators incorporate demand response into their work. OpenADR builds on six years of research in California to develop autoDR technology and demonstrate it in buildings with our utility and commercialÂ partners,â€ said Mary Ann Piette, the Deputy Head of the Building Technologies Department, and Research Director of the Demand Response Research Center.
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