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February 28th 2020
California Demand Response Potential Study Phase 3 On February 28, 2020, Berkeley Lab hosted a webinar on the draft final report for Phase 3 of the California Demand Response Potential Study. The report considers the potential in California for a new type of demand response called Shift. Shift aims to alter the timing of customer loads to help mitigate the challenges of a high renewable penetration that are embodied in the California "... Read More
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July 9th 2019
June 3, 2019 California Public Utilities Commission Webinar on key opportunities for limited Energy Efficiency and Demand Response integration 
Ravi Prasher (Credit: Marilyn Chung/Berkeley Lab)
July 19th 2018
Ravi Prasher has been appointed Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The announcement follows an international search. Prasher, an internationally renowned scientist in the field of thermal energy science and technologies, has been director of Berkeley Lab's... Read More
Ramamoorthy Ramesh in his laboratory
July 19th 2018
After serving four years as Berkeley Lab's Associate Director for Energy Technologies, Ramamoorthy Ramesh will be returning to his research in ultra low-power electronics while also helping to lead a major Berkeley Lab research initiative in next-generation, energy-efficient microelectronics. This new initiative has been dubbed "Beyond Moore's Law," as it seeks the solution to what will happen when Moore's Law — which holds that the number of... Read More
April 13th 2016
Register to attend the April 28, 2016 Automated Demand Response Forum and Showcase:  Space is limited and free: 
Join via simulcast or
Location: PG&E Pacific Energy Center (PEC)
             851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA. 94103
Time:    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. This free-all-day event will be focused on Automated Demand Response opportunities for commercial building applications and will include... Read More
May 13th 2014
Published by Sys-Con Media. IPKeys announced today the successful conclusion of multi-phase pilots at PJM Interconnection for Ancillary Services (Synchronous Reserve and Regulation) utilizing IPKeys’ OpenADR 2.0b certified Energy Interop Server & System (EISS™). The pilot participants - Walmart, PJM, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Schneider Electric – succeeded in showing the technological feasibility of using the... Read More
April 29th 2014
Published by SmartGridNews.com. A few years back, many utilities feared the onset of electric vehicles (EVs). They were concerned about peak load impacts. And about damage to overloaded transformers from nighttime charging. Today, many utilities are eagerly awaiting EV charging, especially those that have a high percentage of intermittent renewables. They want use EV charging to buffer those renewables as their output moves up and down. To gain... Read More
April 1st 2014
Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are here, and more are coming. By 2013, 100,000 PEVs were sold in the United States, and the number is growing. One study forecasts that more than a million plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) will be sold in California, New York, Washington, and Florida alone between 2013 and 2022. Electric vehicles (EVs) are also growing in range and sales. As the cost of battery packs comes down, the number of car... Read More
March 18th 2014
In February, Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) achieved another milestone toward becoming an international standard when the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), a renowned standards development organization, released a profile of OpenADR 2.0 as a Publicly Available Specification (PAS). This action recognizes OpenADR as a standard that will enable our... Read More
May 17th 2013
Webinar: Home Area Network (HAN) Security Considerations Thurs., May 23, 2013, 11:00AM - 12:00PM PST The cost of deploying smart meters throughout the US has been justified by a combination of benefits to both utilities and consumers. Utilities would receive operational benefits from the use of modern Smart Meter communications capabilities (i.e. Advanced Metering Infrastructure – or AMI) for both automated meter reading and enhanced monitoring... Read More
May 6th 2013
At the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Guest House, guests who have business with Berkeley Lab can get a comfortable night's sleep—while experiencing a living example of some of the laboratory's scientific research. The Guest House is one of the demonstration sites and the testing site (or test bed) for the Demand to Grid (D2G) Lab in the Demand Response Research Center (DRRC). Over the past year, the D2G Lab has been... Read More
January 29th 2013
The GridWise® Architecture Council, or GWAC, recognized four outstanding technical papers at this year’s Grid-Interop Forum. The GWAC leaders who presented the awards say these papers help industry chart a clearer vision for smart grid interoperability, or demonstrate how the various components of an advanced electrical power system can and should work together. "The ideas represented in these research papers can have an impact in our national... Read More
January 22nd 2013
When robber Willie Sutton wanted some quick cash, he went where the money was—banks. By the same principle, though more benignly, when utilities want to save energy, they head to where the demand is — including big data centers. Data centers cram energy-hogging computers into tight cages like hens in an Arkansas chicken factory. By one estimate they consumed more than 85 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2010 across the country. Since... Read More
December 13th 2012
Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR)—the standard for open automation of building electricity demand response and price communications—has gained considerable attention since it emerged from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (Berkeley Lab's) Demand Response Research Center in 2008. This non-proprietary DR interface facilitates open, standardized communication that enables power providers and managers to securely communicate wholesale... Read More
December 6th 2012
In 2002, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory introduced its non-proprietary Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) – the standard for open automation of building electricity demand response and price communications. According to Berkeley Lab, although OpenADR 1.0 was developed for US markets, it is now becoming an integral component of the international Smart Grid, as well.
December 4th 2012
It’s official: California’s big three utilities are getting behind OpenADR 2.0, the latest version of an open standard for turning buildings, motors, microgrids and other distributed forms of “demand” into grid assets. Starting next year, Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric will ask their partners to support OpenADR 2.0-certified products and platforms for locational dispatch of both emergency... Read More
September 4th 2012
Open SMART Energy Gateway (OpenSEG) (formerly Residential Energy Display Survey (REDS) Pilot) Security concerns have hindered the widespread development of Home Area Networks (HAN) that can allow users to monitor their energy consumption and respond in near real time to changing prices for energy. Recognizing the need for an architecture that would allow direct display of near real time energy consumption, LBNL developed a... Read More
August 21st 2012
Within an electric grid, timing is everything. "It's not how much power you use, it's when you use it," says Mary Ann Piette, who directs the Demand Response Research Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The biggest benefits of adjusting demand come with automation. Piette and her colleagues have spent nine years developing standards for how utilities communicate with buildings' controls. Each state must adopt standards individually... Read More
August 8th 2012
Morgan Hill, CA, Aug. 8, 2012: The OpenADR Alliance today announced the release of the OpenADR 2.0a Profile Specification, the only existing open data model to exchange messages for Demand Response (DR) events between a service provider, aggregator and end-user in commercial, industrial and residential markets. OpenADR 2.0a is one of a suite of Smart Grid communication profiles that provides dynamic pricing, grid reliability and transactional... Read More
May 29th 2012
Demand response programs to date have largely relied on a labor-intensive approach that has required operators in different customer sites to manually turn off lights, HVAC equipment, and other energy consuming systems to control peak demand and balance loads on the grid.
July 19th 2011
The smart grid is a global phenomenon and we can learn from pioneers wherever they are. (Even the nation-state of California!) Here is our globe-trotting roundup of five projects that are charting new territories.
May 24th 2011
OpenADR is setting standards for 2.0 and gaining momentum outside of California. OpenADR Alliance isn’t waiting for federal standards to push beyond the edges of California. In fact, it’s gunning to be the national standard. The nonprofit corporation, which fosters the development, adoption and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response standard, is expecting to have certified interoperable automated demand response... Read More
March 21st 2011
Smart Grid® News recently announced that Alstom Grid has acquired the U.S-based Smart Grid vendor, Utility Integration Solutions, Inc (UISOL). Alstom Grid has operations across the World and strong in European and Middle East markets. UISOL is supporting Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) on Open Automated Demand Response communication specifications (OpenADR), primarily in deployment of the OpenADR standards and development of... Read More
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March 7th 2011
The Demand Response Research Center recently posted several one-page PDFs about its recent work. Following is one of these on the OpenADR specification and job creation. Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) is an information exchange model that facilitates reliable and cost-effective automation of both electricity price and system grid reliability signals to support demand response (DR). OpenADR is developed by the Demand Response Research... Read More
February 8th 2011
Demand Response as a Resource for Managing Intermittency of Renewable Generation.
February 3rd 2011
Mary Ann Piette, deputy of the Building Technologies Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.Mary Ann is an energy geek we love. She develops and evaluates low-energy and demand response technologies for buildings. She specializes in commissioning, energy information systems, benchmarking and diagnostics. And she has written more than 100 papers on efficiency and demand response. In 2006, she received the Benner Award at the National... Read More
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January 28th 2011
The OpenADR Alliance, a nonprofit corporation created to foster the development, adoption and compliance of a Smart Grid standard known as Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) held its first members' meeting at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), January 20-21. Automated demand response is a set of pre-programmed steps in a building or other facility, which automatically trigger to reduce peak power use when the... Read More
December 21st 2010
Purpose: Facilitate OpenADR stakeholders' understanding and comments on draft OpenADR v2.0 profiles. Background: OpenADR is standardized by standards body. The body released draft for public review, ending Dec. 27. Briefing: Update on OpenADR v2.0 within national Smart Grid standards activity, links to OpenADR v1.0, and draft review. Conclusions: Backward compatibility of commercial deployments to be retained. Further revisions based on... Read More
November 4th 2010
LAFAYETTE, Calif., Nov. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — A group of demand response (DR) technology vendors demonstrated an end-to-end integration of their demand response technologies using emerging interoperability standards at the 6th annual Utility Integration Conference (UIC2010) in Philadelphia, November 2-3, 2010. UIC is an annual industry technical forum for utility professionals.

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