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SCE OpenADR Test Lab Development: Phase 1

Southern California Edison, SCE, conducted a study focused on the development of a multi-use Auto-DR (ADR) test lab that could be a proving ground for new ADR technology. Three technology protocols used for controlling load management devices, Z-Wave, BACnet, and Wi-Fi,  where compared in this study to determine which could be used for the initial phase of the ADR test lab development. The Z-Wave protocol has historically been a proven cost-effective solution for implementing OpenADR2.0a/b DR signals. Due to the proven record of Z-Wave load control devices, it was chosen to establish the test lab baseline, and as the first proof-of-concept build.