Electricity providers face a multitude of challenges when it comes to controllable loads, at a time when flexible loads are becoming an increasingly important asset. Co-ops are facing decisions about how to replace aging demand response (DR) equipment with new technology to ensure their DR programs will continue to provide value, while also expanding load control pro­grams as an added service to members and to help manage the variability of increasing distributed energy resources (DERs) on their grids.

The growing penetration of “smart” devices — those that can communicate over a network — is a promising step toward being able to control loads. But, broad adoption of smart devices for DR or other control scenarios is challenging for a vari­ety of reasons. One possible solution is the use of the ANSI/CTA-2045 (formerly CEA-2045) Modular Communications Interface for Energy Management standard. First published in 2013, the standard allows electricity providers to communicate with end uses over a standard interface that is compatible with any current or future communications technology.

This report reviews the standard and provides information on pilot results.