Energy System Integration & Communications

The Demand Response Research Center's Energy Systems Integration research concentrates on demand response automation and communication to lower the cost of demand response in California and increase participation in DR programs and dynamic rates. Since 2003, development of an open, two-way, scalable and secure automation infrastructure for DR has been a major effort. Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) is an open information exchange model that was developed as a result of this research effort. OpenADR facilitates reliable and cost-effective automation of both electricity price and system grid reliability signals for demand response (DR). DRRC’s research on dynamic pricing focuses on dynamic price representations for Smart Grid transactions over OpenADR. This is an area of growing interest not just on how the prices can be communicated but how the facilities can respond to prices that vary hour-to-hour, day-to-day and over time.