Energy management code goes open source

October 28, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
Energy management code goes open source
Energy management code developed in the Netherlands is being extended across the open source movement through LF Energy

LF Energy has launched a project to create an open source tool for managing energy demand right across the electricity grid.

The group is part of the Linux Foundation nonprofit looking to accelerate the energy transition of the world's grids and transportation systems through open source. The openLEADR project is an implementation of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR), an open standard for exchanging demand response information among global utilities, aggregators and energy management and control systems, using code developed in the Netherlands.

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 decarbonization and decommissioning of fossil fuel peaker plants by enabling utilities to adjust consumption and more easily onboard variable renewable and distributed energy sources.

"Demand response is key to integrating renewable energies and electric vehicles onto the grid and managing increased energy demand without leaning on fossil fuels," said 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," said Lonneke Driessen, director of standardization 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," said Rolf Bienert, managing and technical director for the OpenADR Alliance. "Simplifying

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