Further proof AutoDR is fast becoming a reality
Quick take: We have previously documented the trend toward demand response 2.0 and the move to automated demand response. AutoDR automates the connection between the utility and the devices, so load reductions can be triggered in an instant with a software command.
In theory, AutoDR is so fast it can be used to buffer wind or for regulation and ancillary services. But it was long hampered by the lack of a standard way to talk to devices. That obstacle was overcome by the appearance of the AutoDR standard. Now vendors are not just making their own systems AutoDR compliant, but also pre-integrating their systems together, as Schneider and IPKeys have done. â€“ Jesse Berst
Schneider Electric and IPKeys Technologies are partnering on a fully Automated Demand Response (AutoDR) and Energy Management Information System (EMIS) solution for utilitiesâ€™ and commercial and industrial (C&I) customers.
The companies say the solution,
which integrates IPKeys' EISS technology with Schneider Electricâ€™s StruxureWare software at the control level means that C&I customers of electric utilities can have a robust, flexible, and cost effective method of connecting to the smart grid and maximizing the demand response potential of their facilities.
"While fostering the collaborative relationship required for a smart grid, it benefits utilities by allowing them to achieve more reliable and responsive programs while simultaneously benefiting end use customers by providing them with greater flexibility and revenue from demand response program participation," noted Phil Davis, senior manager, smart grid solutions at Schneider Electric.
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Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid News.com, the industry's oldest and largest smart grid site. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the U.S. and abroad, he also serves on advisory committees for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Electric Efficiency. He often provides strategic consulting to large corporations and venture-backed startups. He is a member of the advisory boards of GridGlo and Calico Energy Services.
Schneider Electric Teams with IPKeys Technologies to Provide an OpenADR 2.0 Demand Response Management Solution for Electric Utilities
PALATINE, Ill. October 29, 2012 â€“ Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, and IPKeys Technologies, an expert in Smart Grid communications technology, today announced that they will partner to deliver a fully Automated Demand Response (AutoDR) and Energy Management Information System (EMIS) solution for utilitiesâ€™ and commercial and industrial (C&I) customers. Through this solution Schneider Electric and IPKeys Technologies enable the collaborative utility-customer relationship necessary to make Smart Grid a reality.
By integrating IPKeysâ€™ OpenADR 2.0 certified Energy Interop Server & System (EISSâ„¢) technologies with Schneider Electricâ€™s Energy Profiler Onlineâ„¢ (EPO), Schneider Electric and IPKeys can provide utilities with a complete, scalable, and secure end-to-end AutoDR and EMIS solution for their C&I customer base. In addition, IPKeys' EISS technology integrates with Schneider Electricâ€™s StruxureWare software at the control level providing commercial and industrial customers of electric utilities with a robust, flexible, and cost effective method of connecting to the Smart Grid and maximizing the demand response potential of their facilities.
Today, Schneider Electricâ€™s EPO provides C&I customers of electric utilities the ability to view energy cost, usage, and emissions data as well as the opportunity to participate in utility curtailment programs. EPO also provides utilities with a demand response curtailment platform allowing them to model, manage, call, and notify customers of demand response events, while tracking event performance.
"The inclusion of IPKeys technology to our EPO offers enables a fully automated and secure demand response solution from the grid to the customer's processes," says Phil Davis, senior manager, smart grid solutions at Schneider Electric. "While fostering the collaborative relationship required for a smart grid, it benefits utilities by allowing them to achieve more reliable and responsive programs while simultaneously benefiting end use customers by providing them with greater flexibility and revenue from demand response program participation.â€
â€œWe are delighted to announce our agreement to integrate IPKeysâ€™ certified OpenADR 2.0 Server and Facility Endpoint Technology with Schneider Electricâ€™s EPO solutions,â€ said IPKeys Managing Director & CFO, Robert Nawy. â€œThis new and highly secure technology integration enables utilities to deliver and receive actionable open-standard and machine-interoperable market signals to and from their clients. EPO and EISS permit utilities and utility customers to begin the process of planning, valuing, and automating participation in demand response and price sensitive markets.â€
Through this partnership, Schneider Electric and IPKeys illustrate their continued commitment to interoperability and open standards while enabling utilitiesâ€™ C&I customers to automatically connect to the Smart Grid and enabling them to more easily take advantage of demand response programs.
Â· For more information on Schneider Electricâ€™s Energy Profiler Online:http://www.powerlogic.com/
Â·IPKeys Technologies Enery Interop Server and System information:http://www.ipkeys.com/
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centers & Networks and Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the companyâ€™s 130,000 plus employees achieved sales of about 31 billion US dollars (22.4 billion euros) in 2011, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.
IPKeys is a strategic partner in the energy, federal, DoD, and commercial sectors delivering expertise in Smart Grid communications technology. IPKeys provides the standards based energy interoperations software, network communications engineering and enterprise security solutions that enable utilities and their customers to achieve the promise of a more reliable, safer and more economically beneficial Smart Grid. IPKeys is a member of the OpenADR Alliance.