IPKeys Implements Energy Interop™ & OpenADR 2.0 Services Pilot at PJM
Participants include Walmart and EnergyICT
IPKeys announced today an Advanced Technology Resource (ATR) pilot demonstration of core functionality in its Energy Interop™ Server and System (“EISS™”) and end point hardware at PJM Interconnection. The pilot distributed, validated and confirmed Energy Interop (“EI”)/Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) 2.0 demand response and wholesale price signals in a highly secure web services environment to a variety of participants that included:
- Energy ICT – an energy management system provider
- American PowerNet – a PJM member and aggregator
- Redners Markets, Inc. – an American PowerNet customer
- PJM Interconnection, LLC
“On behalf of IPKeys and the pilot participants, we are delighted to announce the technological feasibility of implementing the EI and OpenADR 2.0 standards in the field with representative stakeholders” said IPKeys Managing Director & CFO, Robert Nawy.
“This new, highly secure technology enables energy consumers such as Walmart and Redner’s Markets to receive actionable open standard and machine interoperable market signals directly from ISO’s and begin the process of automating participation in wholesale markets”. Nawy added, “EISSTM also acts as a physical hedge by automating load reductions in response to price signal thresholds, this capability reduces risks associated with the wholesale market and empowers participants to focus on realizing value.”
“PJM continually explores new and evolving technologies to make it easier for our members, such as Walmart, to work with us” said Chantal Hendrzak, Director, Applied Solutions for PJM Interconnection, LLC. Ms. Hendrzak continued, “PJM, through the ISO/RTO Council, was a contributor to the Energy Interop and OpenADR 2.0 profiles. We are doing an advanced technology pilot with IPKeys to explore certain applications of OpenADR 2.0 for demand response participants, which is an area of interest to PJM that could fit well into our new Price Responsive Demand market construct.”
Spencer Rigler, VP Energy Management for Elster EnergyICT, noted, “EnergyICT is excited to bring its EIServer capabilities to this pilot, demonstrating the integration and messaging capability that can be done down to the store level remote terminal unit (RTU) to enable DR participation in the programs provided by PJM. In conjunction with these open standards, the functionality of EIServer allows the connection of the Smart Grid to the energy management system (EMS), for the benefit of customers and utilities.”
What is the Energy Interop™/OpenADR 2.0 standard?
The EI standard defines interactions between Smart Grids and their end nodes, including smart buildings, enterprises, industry, homes, and vehicles. The standards also provide data and communication protocols that enable the interoperable and standard exchange of signals for dynamic pricing, grid reliability, and emergencies. EI also extends to the communication of market participation data (such as bids), load predictability, and generation information. EI provides an interoperable information and communications protocol to perform all these tasks and provides the following potential advantages: