The OpenADR Alliance and EPRI are organizing a two-day event to review the current state of DER communications protocols and provide options for the OpenADR Alliance to consider as it expands its reach into DER communications. Distribution operations planners are starting to consider demand response as one of the key DER assets it can utilize for improved grid operations. The OpenADR standard is being used in conjunction with EV charging, battery storage and solar PV.
Leading up to the workshop, a broad range of participants, representing utilities and the leading standards for DER coordination and management for grid operations came together on several conference calls to set the ground work for this meeting. These include the SunSpec Alliance, MESA Alliance, EPRI, SEPA, SGIP, IEEE 2030.5, HECO, SCE and more.
Tutorial & Workshop
The OpenADR Alliance and the demand response industry are at an interesting inflection point, as the worlds of demand response and distributed energy resources converge. OpenADR members and interested parties are encouraged to join the OpenADR Alliance and EPRI for an important two and one-half-day meeting to help shape the future of DR and DER. This special meeting will start with a half-day tutorial to help participants understand utility-DER communications requirements and protocols.
After a lunch with presentations on the EPRI DER related projects and the OpenADR Alliance, the next two days will consider the current and emerging DER requirements; the open standard communications protocols that are being used or considered to meet them; gaps in the requirements/protocol landscape and how the OpenADR standard should evolve to make the optimum contribution to the industry.
DER Requirements and Protocols Workshop
One of the major challenges facing the industry is the siloed nature of both requirements and communications protocols for DER integration. Requirements and communications standards for solar PV, battery storage, electric vehicles and demand response have been developed at times quite independently. Yet, for grid operators, the goal is to manage a constantly changing set of potential DER resources as an integrated grid asset.
The focus of the tutorial will be an attempt to lay out a clear landscape of the requirements and communications standards from an integrated management perspective. The tutorial is intended to be educational and will leverage the pre-work in progress for the DER Workshop as well as industry experts who are working across the different DER asset classes to simplify the communications platforms required for integrated DER management.
The OpenADR Alliance is being drawn into the DER marketplace due to the important role it plays in communicating with key energy resources in the grid. The primary goal of the DER workshop is to identify the grid requirements and standards that are used (or planning to be used) for DER communications today and to identify how the OpenADR standard can be extended to address the critical gaps that exist in the protocol landscape.
Utilities, aggregators and vendors are working to design and implement integrated management of portfolios of different types of DER assets that include DR and are looking for guidance on how to develop their communications infrastructure to support the business and policy objectives for DER integration. Several utilities and solution providers are leveraging their investments in the OpenADR standard and technology to address DER needs in the marketplace because good alternatives do not exist. Yet, some of these applications are beyond the original intent and design of the current OpenADR standard. Industry stakeholders are encouraged to attend this workshop to help shape the future of the OpenADR standard and the DER marketplace.