Will a technology for automating demand response get a boost from a new industry partnership? Wednesday brings news of the OpenADR Alliance, a group promoting the adoption of the OpenADR (automated demand response) protocol developed at Berkeley Labs and now in use by Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison. Big building controls company Honeywell bought Akuacom, maker of a server for OpenADR, last year, and it rounds out the short list of current alliance members — though some 60 companies now use OpenADR and may be joining the group soon. In the meantime, software developer UISOL is working on opening up the source code for newcomers to build their own OpenADR servers and systems. With the National Institute of Standards and Technology putting OpenADR on its short list of likely smart grid standards, no doubt utilities and vendors are eager to get to work.