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October 27th 2010
MORGAN HILL, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Leading Smart Grid industry organizations today announced the formation of 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). Smart Grid standards for Automated Demand Response (Auto-DR) will ultimately lower the cost,... Read More
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October 27th 2010
The OpenADR Alliance has been formed to accelerate the adoption of the Open ADR communications specification as a standard for the smart grid. Supported by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), Honeywell, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison, the Alliance is inviting other interested stakeholders to join them. The OpenADR... Read More
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October 22nd 2010
Sila Kiliccote, a researcher in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, has received the 2010 GridWeek Award for Leadership in Smart Grid Acceleration. GridWeek cited Kiliccote for her "leadership, vision, non-traditional approach, ability to create step function vs. incremental change, and willingness to take risk." Gridweek is an annual gathering of Smart Grid stakeholders whose goal is "to explore Smart Grid's impact on the economy,... Read More
October 7th 2010
When it comes to demand response programs, many customers see a trade-off between cutting costs and retaining control. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead, DR is becoming more specialized in many ways, including how the service is delivered.
October 5th 2010
Thousands of curious locals, including many children, ascended to the usually off-limits grounds of Berkeley's Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on Saturday, October 2, 2010, at the Lab’s open house.The Lab opened its gates to large numbers of members of the public for the first time in nine years for the event called "It's All About Energy!" which featured tours, talks, demonstrations, food and entertainment.
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August 6th 2010
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Pacific Gas & Electric Company were awarded Connectivity Week's Buildy Award earlier this year in Santa Clara, California. According to Connectivity Week, an annual industry trade conference addressing Smart Grid technologies that was held this year in Silicon Valley, the Buildy Awards are presented to "a company or organization that has shown or used new and innovative ideas and... Read More
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July 29th 2010
Mary Ann Piette, Deputy Head of EETD's Building Technologies Department, and Research Director of the Demand Response Research Center, has been elected to the Smart Grid Architecture Committee (SGAC). The Committee is responsible for creating and refining a conceptual reference model, including lists of the standards and profiles necessary to implement the Smart Grid. The Committee is part of a collaborative effort called the Smart Grid... Read More
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May 27th 2010
The marketplace for Smart Grid technology products is expanding thanks in part to an open-source communications specification developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and its research partners.
February 1st 2010
The system of power delivery in the US is in trouble – it is old and creaking. To prevent more gigantic financial losses similar to the ones the US economy has already experienced as a result of blackouts, the government is looking to change the way in which the grid is designed and operated. DatacenterDynamics FOCUS, "Is the Smart Grid an Intelligent Move?" Vol. 3, Issue 8, February/March 2010, pp. 21-22.
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December 11th 2009
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Honeywell an $11.4 million grant to help Southern California Edison implement automated demand response under OpenADR, the Open Automated Demand Response Communications Specification. The grant was one of several Smart Grid Investment Grants awarded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. OpenADR was developed by researchers at the PIER Demand Response Research Center. The Center is based in... Read More
December 7th 2009
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Honeywell an $11.4 million grant to help Southern California Edison implement automated demand response under OpenADR, the Open Automated Demand Response Communications Specification.
November 12th 2009
LBNL's OpenADR is a standard to make automated demand response and real-time power pricing quick and easy. Is the fragmented market ready for it?
November 10th 2009
LAFAYETTE, CA — Nov. 10, 2009 — Utility Integration Solutions (UISOL), the utility industry business integration specialist, today announced an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Labs) to develop the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) specification into an open source platform for use in Smart Grid applications.
April 27th 2009
Berkeley, CA—A new data model developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and their colleagues at other universities 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.
March 20th 2009
No question there's plenty of bad news when it comes to the environment. Now get ready for some good news – scientists and engineers are working, right now, on some of the tools we hope will lift us out of our environmental malaise. Join Barbara Bogaev and explore Sustainability, part of the Global Challenges Series from the Purdue University College of Engineering.
December 1st 2008
In this article, which provides a primer on Automated Demand Response (Auto‐DR) technology and results, we hope to ease the mystery that surrounds Auto‐DR and to open the door for ongoing ideas and discussions.
March 10th 2008
The internet, along with a yellow box full of electronics installed in your office building or commercial facility, is the key to saving energy and managing grid emergencies during those hot summer days when power is scarce. These are the technology elements of "automated demand response." Thanks to research conducted at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, with support from the California Public Utilities Commission... Read More
March 10th 2008
California needs new, responsive, demand-side energy technologies to ensure that periods of tight electricity supply on the grid don't turn into power outages. Led by Berkeley Lab's Mary Ann Piette, the California Energy Commission (through its Public Interest Energy Research Program) has established a Demand Response Research Center that addresses two motivations for adopting demand responsiveness: reducing average electricity prices and... Read More
November 1st 2007
November/December 2007, Volume 65, Number 6 Power requirements on the electric grid are in constant flux, based on the demand of the devices connected to it. Demand varies, based on time of day, weather and other factors. Traditionally, supply is varied to meet the demand by increasing or decreasing electric generation capacity. Given the strain on the nation's electric grid, though, supply cannot always meet demand. As environmental pressures... Read More
July 1st 2007
At major retail stores like Ikea, there's an unusual collaboration going on between PG&E, Lawrence Berkeley Labs, system control firms, and energy consultants. Produced by: Tech Closeup
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January 25th 2006
Engineers have developed a method for "precooling" small office buildings and reducing energy consumption during times of peak demand, promising not only to save money but also to help prevent power failures during hot summer days.
January 17th 2006
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Engineers have developed a method for "precooling" small office buildings and reducing energy consumption during times of peak demand, promising not only to save money but also to help prevent power failures during hot summer days.
October 31st 2005
Berkeley, Calif.—Using two different kinds of communication technology to test automated demand response during the summer of 2004, researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found up to four MW of savings at 18 sites consisting of 36 buildings, according to a new report.
June 22nd 2005
Despite support at the federal level, incorporation of demand response into utilities' resource procurement and tariffs has had very limited uptake. Any change depends upon a new way of thinking within the states, utilities and independent system operators, officials said at a Washington meeting Tuesday.
August 1st 2004
SUMMER IS THE SEASON of higher temperatures and rising electrical demands. It is also a time when the nation’s electrical grid experiences its heaviest burden, increasing the likelihood of power outages.
July 1st 2004
BERKELEY, CA —The California Energy Commission is providing $8 million in funding over three years for a new Demand Response Research Center (DRRC) that will be managed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). It is sponsored by the Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. The director of the new center is Mary Ann Piette, a scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy... Read More
June 30th 2004
BERKELEY, CA — The California Energy Commission is providing $8 million in funding over three years for a new Demand Response Research Center (DRRC) that will be managed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). It is sponsored by the Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program.
June 29th 2004
Even if new buildings are connected to Internet, they usually don't communicate between themselves. And when it comes to electricity, these buildings are selfish and consume what they want without any coordination. Now, an XML-based system developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is using Web services to collectively adjust power usage to variations in price.
June 25th 2004
Despite decades of advances in building controls, electric grid management tools and communications technology, buildings remain fairly isolated and uncoordinated consumers of electricity. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have devised a system that leverages communications across the Internet to adjust building power use.
February 9th 2004
Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said last week they have wrapped up a successful trial run of an Internet-based system designed to avoid blackouts and help large electricity users cut their bills — without utility operators or building managers having to lift a finger.

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