Mike Ippolito and Ken
Mike Ippolito, Chief Product Officer Universal
Mike Ippolito is the
Chief Product Officer of Universal Devices of Encino, CA. A graduate of
the University of Wisconsin, Mike’s career spans 20 years of Product
Management, primarily focusing on security products and services.
Founder of multiple companies, in a variety of industries, Mike brings
both product and business acumen to the company.
Demand Response (DR) Using OpenADR
PG&E cuts rebates for cloud-based Demand Response programs that
don’t meet new – and stranded asset requirements.
What is Universal Devices role in
response provides an opportunity for
consumers/businesses to play a significant role in the operation of the
electric grid by reducing or shifting their electricity usage during
peak periods in response to time-based rates or other forms of
financial incentives. Universal Devices, a leader in energy management
and automation devices, provides energy management platforms that
comply with Title 24
and supports demand response (DR) using OpenADR
Tell me about new developments
regarding cloud-based DR programs?
in association with Energy Solutions just released
their 2015/2016 demand-response manual
and they've made two bold
statements around stranded assets and the use of cloud-assisted demand
response program. Utilities have long worried about programs that
depend on products and services that may cause stranded assets in the
field, and PG&E has made a commitment to protect customers.
Can you explain the sections of
the manual that directly impact Universal Devices?
Ippolito: To receive
the PG&E automated demand response incentive;
vendors and aggregators using cloud-based equipment must now:
- Follow the OpenADR 2.0A or 2.0B protocol for communication
DR event initiation and termination between the PG&E DRAS and the
cloud as well as between the cloud and the customer.
- Include the proper security certificate on the VEN for
the PG&E DRAS end-point and be able to connect to 2.0A or 2.0B.
What does this mean for the
Ippolito: To clarify
this statement, the OpenADR protocol must be used
to securely communicate from the utility to the customer site. As a
result, proprietary protocols that communicate from the cloud to the
Demand Response system installed at the customer site are not allowed.
This specifically precludes any devices that cannot run the full
OpenADR protocol locally such as OpenADR cloud-assisted thermostats.
Does Universal Devices have a
product that supports these requirements?
Universal Devices ISY994 platform, which has been
designed with autonomy and independence in mind, processes all OpenADR
messages completely within the gateway. Security of the protocol and
messaging is guaranteed by the use of digital certificates and is
certified compliant with the OpenADR protocol - end to end.
To find out more about Universal Devices ISY994 as a certified VEN for
PG&E-based OpenADR please visit our website:
or download the ISY944 product fact sheet
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