Schenectady, N.Y. The Distribution Systems Testing, Application, and Research Program (DSTAR) today announced that Progress Energy has joined DSTAR Program 9. DSTAR is a consortium of electric utilities cooperatively supporting practical distribution system research and software development.
“The addition of Progress Energy to Program 9 benefits all of the members of the program,” says Devin Van Zandt, Program Manager of DSTAR. To date, the 11 U.S. utility members of Program 9, including Progress Energy, have received benefits from their collaborative investment in the form of two completed research projects. The program plan is to complete a total of six projects.
Progress Energy, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., is a Fortune 250 diversified energy company with more than 21,900 megawatts of generation capacity and $8 billion in annual revenues. The company’s holdings include two electric utilities serving more than 2.8 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Progress Energy also includes non-regulated operations covering merchant generation, energy marketing, natural gas exploration, fuel extraction, rail services and broadband capacity.
For 15 years DSTAR has offered over 30 utilities a cost-effective and responsive means of addressing problems that require near-term solutions. Research results are provided to the members in the form of practical guidelines or software tools designed for immediate application. DSTAR members are located throughout the U.S. and include investor-owned utilities as well as rural electric cooperatives participating through NRECA’s Cooperative Research Network. Member companies range in size from small to some of the largest electric utilities in the USA.
The DSTAR program is managed by GE Power Systems Energy Consulting group. For information on DSTAR membership, please visit the Web at http://www.dstar.org/, or call DSTAR Program Manager Devin Van Zandt at (518) 385-9066.