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Demand Response World Forum 2014 Workshop

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The Smart Grid Observer has announced a Demand Response World Forum 2014 pre-conference workshop to be presented by QualityLogic Inc., the official training partner of the OpenADR Alliance. “Implementing Automated Demand Response Programs” is for utilities, DR designers, and program implementers who are planning to use OpenADR 2.0. OpenADR 2.0 is a low-cost, speedy, reliable communications infrastructure that allows utilities and grid operators to send DR signals directly to building automation and control systems on customers’ sites using a common language and existing communications technology.

The one-day workshop is endorsed by the OpenADR Alliance, which fosters the development, adoption, and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standard through collaboration, education, training, testing, and certification.

The primary purpose of the Implementing Automated Demand Response Programs Workshop is to inform utility DR program managers, designers and implementers about how best to use OpenADR-based systems for automating DR. The workshop covers:

  • OpenADR 2.0 features and functions;
  • Designing DR programs with OpenADR 2.0;
  • OpenADR and the Demand Response Management System; and
  • Interoperability and pre-deployment testing methodologies and tools.

“OpenADR 2.0 brings reliability, predictability and lower costs to demand-response solutions for commercial, industrial and residential applications,” said James Mater, QualityLogic co-founder and Smart Grid Business general manager. “We’ve been helping companies get started with this important Smart Grid standard through training for several years now, and we’re pleased to have been invited to bring this class to the Demand Response World Forum.”

“This workshop is an invaluable resource for anyone developing, implementing or managing DR programs,” said Barry Haaser, managing director, OpenADR Alliance. “Attendees will gain valuable insight into how the OpenADR standard can be used to create secure, reliable, affordable and scalable DR and energy efficiency programs.”

The workshop, led by QualityLogic Chief Test Architect Jim Zuber, will be held October 13 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Hilton Orange County / Costa Mesa.

The Workshop precedes the Demand Response World Forum 2014 at the Hilton Orange County / Costa Mesa on October 14-15. The Forum will bring together professionals from around the world to explore the latest auto-DR technologies and strategies for meeting the changing energy landscape of the 21st Century. 42 top speakers will join technology innovators and business leaders to examine the evolving role of ADR in enabling an integrated and flexible network that is responsive to a wide range of energy resources, marketplace entities, and customer energy demand and generation. Those registering for both the World Forum and the pre-conference Workshop are entitled to a special discount.


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QualityLogic was selected by the OpenADR Alliance to develop a conformance and interoperability test tool for OpenADR compliant products, and by Itron to develop and conduct testing for its ChoiceConnect® ERT® Certification Program. QualityLogic is the testing partner for the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration, the largest project of its kind in the U.S. The Company offers interoperability, conformance, and certification test solutions for other Smart Energy technologies and is an active participant in Smart Grid standards activities, including the OpenADR and Bluetooth Alliance, Consortium for SEP 2 Interoperability, SGIP, GWAC, and others. For more information, visit


The OpenADR Alliance fosters the development, adoption, and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standard through collaboration, education, training, testing, and certification. The OpenADR Alliance is open to all interested stakeholders interested in accelerating the adoption of the OpenADR standard for price- and reliability-based demand response. More information can be obtained at