Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative finds success with outsourced demand response program

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Yesterday, Itron said that it signed a two-year contract extension with Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO), one of the 15 largest electric cooperatives in the United States with more than 169,000 member accounts. Itron will continue to provide SMECO with a fully outsourced and pay-for-performance demand response program that helps the cooperative ensure reliable power and lower rates for its members as part of SMECO’s CoolSentry load management program.

Since 2008, Itron has collaborated with SMECO to administer the CoolSentry demand response program. As a fully outsourced solution, Itron recruits customers into the program, installs the necessary load control equipment and operates the program using its IntelliSOURCE Enterprise cloud-based software, which automates every phase of the program.

Over the course of the three-year pay-for-performance agreement, Itron will provide up to 59 megawatts of available capacity to the cooperative.

“We have seen great success with Itron’s demand response solution over the last 13 years and look forward to continuing to provide energy savings to our members,” said Jeff Shaw, vice president of distributed energy resources and sustainability at SMECO. “Our SMECO CoolSentry Load Management program also plays a critical role in averting energy shortages in our community during periods of high demand.”

“At Itron, we are committed to optimizing the benefits of distributed energy resources and their impact on the grid,” said Don Reeves, senior vice president of Outcomes at Itron. “Our continued collaboration with SMECO to provide a demand response solution will ensure reliable and affordable service to all of their members in Southern Maryland.”

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