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Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) is an open and standardized way for electricity providers and system operators to communicate Demand Response (DR) signals with each other and with their customers. It uses a common language that functions over any IP-based communications network, such as the Internet. Demand Response can be used to ease severely constrained electrical grids, postponing or even averting energy crises. Automated Demand Response (ADR) reduces the operating costs of DR programs and increases their reliability by sending and receiving DR signals automatically. The OpenADR provides programmatic access to the OpenADR specification so that developers may access and implement it with their grid management systems. This API employs SOAP calls issued in XML format.