LF Energy launches openLEADR to streamline integration of green energy for demand side management

Source: press release, 27 October 2020

illustration: LF Energy
illustration: LF Energy

LF Energy, a Linux Foundation nonprofit seeking to accelerate the energy transition of the world’s grids and transportation systems through open source, has announced its latest project, openLEADR. This project creates an open source implementation of OpenADR, the open standard for exchanging demand response information among global utilities, aggregators and energy management and control systems to better manage the supply and demand of energy.

Demand response and demand side management is when electricity customers, infrastructure owners and aggregators voluntarily regulate their electricity use or generation during certain time periods to support the grid’s stability. Demand response facilitates rapid decarbonisation and decommissioning of fossil fuel peaker plants by enabling utilities to adjust consumption and more easily onboard variable renewable and distributed energy sources. openLEADR standardises the code implementation of Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR), the reference standard for openLEADR developed by The OpenADR Alliance.

“Demand response is key to integrating renewable energies and electric vehicles onto the grid and managing increased energy demand without leaning on fossil fuels,” says Dr Shuli Goodman, Executive Director of LF Energy. “openLEADR encourages industry collaboration around a common code implementation to accelerate flexibility services leading to a sustainable and affordable energy system.”

openLEADR creates an open source community around existing work from ElaadNL, the innovation centre for EV charging infrastructure in the Netherlands that developed the project’s code. Housing openLEADR at LF Energy will increase open source collaboration across the globe by lowering the threshold for companies to cooperate with new partners.

“We are excited to use open source to create a smarter charging system for mobility of the future,” says Lonneke Driessen, director of standardisation at ElaadNL. “openLEADR is a significant part of this worldwide movement to allow power and EV industries to effectively and efficiently manage changes in consumer power demand.”

“This collaboration is another step in positioning OpenADR as the standard for demand-side management,” says Rolf Bienert, managing and technical director for the OpenADR Alliance. “Simplifying the implementation of OpenADR will greatly broaden the ecosystem that is growing around this international standard.”