Ho Moon,
Vice Chairman,
KSGA
 
Morgan Hill, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 2, 2013 - An OpenADR Alliance Korea is to be formed, as a result of a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the OpenADR Alliance and Korea Smart Grid Association (KSGA).

“OpenADR can help the way energy is managed throughout the country,” said KSGA vice chairman Ho Moon. “Korea intends to implement real time pricing programs to help provide better grid stability. The formation of OpenADR Alliance Korea will introduce the OpenADR standard to Korea and help facilitate its adoption.”

The signing took place at an OpenADR workshop held in in Seoul, Korea last month, organized by KSGA, Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI), Ministry of Trade Industry and Energy (MOTIE), and GRIDWIZ.

This is the second recent workshop in the region, and followed an interoperability test event held in Tokyo, Japan in June. More than 30 engineers representing 12 member companies attended that event, which was hosted by OpenADR test partner Intertek. Participants tested OpenADR 2.0a & b server and client implementations, including the low latency XMPP transport and high security features.

The OpenADR 2.0a standard represents the simplest version of OpenADR and was approved and released for general use in August 2012. OpenADR 2.0b released last month, adds enhanced capabilities. The interoperability tests are designed to refine the OpenADR standard further and increase its ability to lower the cost, improve the reliability, and accelerate the speed of automated demand response (AutoDR) implementations.

The OpenADR Alliance is planning another interoperability test event in Japan in September.

In related news energy management solution provider Comverge is to establish a regional research and development (R&D) operation in Japan, with support from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). There the company intends to adapt its demand response and other technology to the Japanese market.