Energy & Smart Grid Engineering 2017-11-03T13:03:21+00:00

Energy & Smart Grid Engineering Sector

IPKeys provides utilities with a distinctive synergy of highly secure, open standards based Integrated Automated Demand Management (IADM) technology and extensive consumer-based demand capacity market aggregation programs and experience. This combination of technology and consumer market program implementation expertise enables utilities to meet the challenge of providing the next generation of fuel supply mixes by including reliable and secure demand resources.

IPKeys Demand Response Resources and Solutions

Our subsidiary company, IPKeys Power Partners, delivers wholesale consumer-based energy programs and is a leading provider of Demand Response (DR) resources and solutions across the United States. We provide advanced Auto DR with our open standards Energy Interop Server & System® (EISS®) platform and tools that enable our energy sector customers to participate in a broader range of DR including Capacity, Reserves, Energy and Rate Optimization programs. Our customers receive the benefits of higher revenues, lower risk, and reduced electric costs simply by operating smarter.

Managing Distributed Energy Resources (DER) with IADM

The IPKeys Integrated Automated Demand Management (IADM) platform provides a robust, comprehensive, cyber secure solution for the integration, distribution, and consumption of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and renewables which is of particular importance during this historically important period of transition from traditional energy sources to cleaner and renewable energy sources and smarter energy grids. IPKeys works with its utility clients to determine the optimum and most desired implementation of IADM programs that interoperate:

  • With upstream grid operators such as Independent System Operators (ISOs)/Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs);
  • Across to traditional and emerging renewable suppliers; and
  • Down to all consumer markets including small and medium businesses, large industrials, commercial, and residential.

Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

Distributed Energy Resources (DER) are decentralized, small-scale energy generation or storage sources (which differ from conventional large-scale, centralized energy plants like coal-fired, gas, hydroelectric, and so on). Utilities and rate payers that leverage DER and renewable energy sources to meet short-term supply requirements during peak-energy consumption periods can see savings in multiples of billions of dollars versus conventional peak energy consumption solutions such as building new peaker plants and/or renovating legacy energy sources such as coal and nuclear.

IADM and the Energy Interop Server & System® (EISS®)

IADM facilitates the integration of the utility companies, operators, and consumers onto a single platform that leverages our open standards Energy Interop Server & System® (EISS®) to connect to existing facility hardware (via EISS® Box for commercial and industrial markets and EISS® Cube for small/medium business and residential markets). IADM provides a single integration model for all resources and programs together with a single platform that serves the utility, operators, and consumers.

IPKeys Integrated Automated Demand Management (IADM)

IADM Server and Building Client Components

EISS Server

EISS® is our OpenADR 2.0b-certified server that allows utilities to dispatch events of load reduction, real-time pricing, and regulation signals. Near real-time revenue grade meter feedback allows real-time monitoring and control of distributed energy resources.

EISS® Cube is our two-way residential AC cycling unit. While preserving all the features that make this widely-used technology so attractive to utilities, this unit also addresses all of the shortfalls. Features:

  • Fine grain control over assets
  • Prediction of load sheds based on actual AC usage at time of event
  • Customizable duty cycles for sensitive customers
  • Removal and defeat detection
  • OpenADR 2.0 addressable for integration into overall OpenADR programs
  • Low-cost cellular design
EISS® Box is our OpenADR 2.0 (a and b) certified customer-side interoperability component. Designed for the commercial and industrial customers, this device allows legacy building control and SCADA systems to receive OpenADR 2.0 messages from their utility to participate in demand response and peak demand limiting programs. Features:

  • Four relays that can be independently controlled from the server
  • Five KYZ pulse inputs for near real time revenue grade metering
  • Cloud-based user interface that allows remote configuration and upgrade for future capabilities
EISS Online
EISS® Online features:

  • Intuitive user experience
  • Load profiling
  • Energy reporting
  • Emissions tracking
  • Bill estimation and scenario modeling
  • Demand response event tracking
  • OpenADR 2.0 signaling
  • Green Button℠
  • Administrative tools
Smart Thermostat

IPKeys uses ZigBee or OpenADR 2.0b-capable smart thermostats sourced from trusted technology partners to replace all existing thermostats that control the HVAC equipment in identified residences and buildings. Each thermostat can be programmed to meet a unique operating schedule. Multiple users, including customer end users, can be set up to access the thermostat programming application on a secure basis.


  • Capital savings and/or deferred capital expenditures;
  • Savings from introduced operational efficiencies;
  • Improved grid reliability;
  • Address evolving supply gaps (nuclear plant reductions, coal plant shutdowns, solar and wind intermittency) with reliable DR;
  • Reduction in environmental emissions to satisfy more stringent EPA and CO2 rules and regulations; and
  • Enhanced collaborative customer relationships.

IADM DR Support with Customer Engagement

  • Supports all DR and Demand Management program types, all types of DERs, and all customer segments, allowing utilities to, for example, manage smart thermostats and pool pumps today but easily expand its DR program to new types of DERs and customers tomorrow;
  • Provides an engaging customer experience via detailed energy consumption data dashboards, highly personalized programs with hassle-free enrolment and participation, and increased utility DR program enrollment and customer satisfaction; and
  • Optional, easily-configurable, and highly-flexible Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) architecture and proven APIs that can greatly reduce deployment costs.

Energy Interop Server & System® (EISS®)

Energy Interop Server & System® (EISS®) is an energy management platform based on the OpenADR 2.0b specification that automates secure, scalable, near real-time, two-way communications from energy providers to commercial, industrial, and residential consumers of energy demand response, pricing, and telemetry data. The primary objectives of the specification are to: increase grid reliability, optimize consumer pricing, and enhance consumer response choice. The EISS® platform provides server side communications and client side interfaces.

  • Highly secure cloud-based server to end point
  • Open standards certified hardware and software
  • Unique capability to enable synergy between telemetry, control, status, and automation to market signals
  • Secure bi-directional communication, verification, and control
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The Need for Interoperability Standards

EISS®, the energy management communications component of IADM, is fully-compliant with the OpenADR 2.0b specification. This ensures standards-based interoperability for all devices on an IADM platform. There are multiple compelling reasons to move to standards-based interoperability and the IADM platform with EISS® provides a robust and highly cost-effective method for utilities to realize this goal.

Capability Standards No Standards
Control all devices with a single, standards-compliant application (EISS®)
Participate in complete system optimization and central dispatch via link to ISO/TSO
Holistic optimization and dispatch of a mixed-resource DER VPP (high reliability and resilience)
One integration model for all resources and programs
Collect and integrate telemetry, consistent baselines, and settlement
Mix resource types in DER dispatch, target localized resources (e.g., EV/PV balancing)
Utility drives customer interaction either directly or through aggregators
Address use cases that require automated and fast control cycles