The Energy Exchange Podcast
Episode #9 | Behind the Door of OpenADR

OpenADR is an open, highly secure, and two-way information exchange protocol and global Smart Grid standard supporting grid modernization efforts around the world. Host Ron Chebra of EnerNex gains insight from Rolf Bienert, Managing and Technical Director of the OpenADR Alliance, on the history of the OpenADR standard– how it started in California but has now come into the global market to enable utilities and aggregators to cost-effectively manage growing energy demand and decentralized energy production, and customers to control their energy future. Rolf gives an update on the adoption for OpenADR 2.0 and other initiatives the Alliance is exploring.

Episode Presenters

Rolf Bienert, OpenADR Alliance
Ron Chebra, EnerNex








Special Guest: Rolf Bienert, Managing and Technical Director of the OpenADR Alliance

Rolf Bienert is the Managing & Technical Director of the OpenADR Alliance. In this capacity, Rolf oversees all aspects of the non-profit organization, the technical developments, and the certification program. Before going independent, Rolf was the Technical Manager for Telecom and the Global Competence Center for emerging communication protocols at a global testing firm. In this role, Rolf was involved in many international standardization efforts and guided the company’s efforts in these areas. Rolf has been an active member of the NIST SGTCC, USNAP Alliance, ZigBee Alliance, and other organizations driving the development of new technologies with a specific focus on standardization, certification and interoperability. Rolf holds a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering.

About the Host: Ron Chebra, Vice President of Grid Modernization, EnerNex

Ron is a recognized thought leader and industry expert in utility modernization. He has a deep operating knowledge in technology solutions in areas such as MicroGrids, Renewable Energy Integration, Smart Grid, Distribution Automation (DA), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Demand Response. He provides strategic consulting services to leading energy organizations and to industry suppliers of products and services in the following areas: microgrids, demand response, battery energy storage solutions and “Behind the Meter” technologies. He is frequent contributor to leading industry journals and for the past 2 years, he has been the Chairman of the Smart Cities/IoT Track for Distributech. Ron has over 35 years of experience.
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