WebCTRL® System Automated Demand Response Add-on
The WebCTRL system Automated Demand Response add-on is a software application that allows buildings using the Automated Logic® WebCTRL system to communicate with utility companies.
The WebCTRL system Automated Demand Response add-on supports OpenADR 2.0 and enables the WebCTRL system to participate as a virtual end node (VEN) in various utilities’ Automated Demand Response (ADR) programs. Each program produces specific signals that notify of upcoming demand events. An ADR event from the utility can have one or more signal types in it, such as Simple or Load Control.
Demand-reduction actions are prioritized and programmed into the software’s control logic. The WebCTRL system Automated Demand Response add-on converts the raw OpenADR signals into information which the software can use to implement the required demand reduction.
The Automated Logic® WebCTRL® building automation system is a proven, industry-leading system that gives you the ability to fully understand your operations and analyze the results with tools that make sense to you. The WebCTRL system fully supports the OpenADR 2.0a and 2.0b with the WebCTRL system Automated Demand Response add-on.
Look at your building automation system as the gathering place, the repository of all operating data and information related to your building. Whether it is temperature history, utility load shedding, trend data or comfort measurement, your WebCTRL system effectively packages the information you need for management of your facilities.
Key points about OpenADR:
- Allows electric utilities to accommodate short increases in peak demand without building expensive new power generation plants or imposing rolling brownouts or blackouts.
- Allows consumers to increase their energy saving plans through pre‐planned reductions in energy consumption for short periods of time.
- Allows system operators, such as Independent System Operators and utilities, to use customers’ load as a resource to balance the electric grid.
- Can be either discretionary in response to a temporary increase in pricing, or automatic as part of an existing arrangement between the customer and the utility, or both (with opt‐out under non‐emergency conditions).
- Provides consistency in communicating the ADR event while facilitating faster responses that translate into greater energy savings and more options for combining energy resources, which helps keep prices lower for everyone.
- Provides pricing continuity between wholesale (generation and transmission) and retail (distribution) markets.
- Provides both a common language and a common platform for all providers and consumers of ADR through the functions and features of a Demand Response Automation Server (DRAS).