Arlington, Va., June 25, 2010 à¢Ë†’ GridPoint’s load management solution is being used by Hoosier Energy to reduce peak demand, make more efficient use of power supply resources and better control energy costs for its member electric distribution cooperatives.
GridPoint‘s centralized solution enables Hoosier Energy to aggregate and manage commercial and residential load served by its cooperatives, and provides individual co-ops the ability to execute targeted demand response events.
“The ability to shift and shape load gives Hoosier Energy the flexibility to use its existing generating facilities more efficiently for its member cooperatives without impacting consumer comfort or reliability,” said Wes McFarland, Marketing Services Coordinator, Hoosier Energy. “GridPoint’s intuitive user interface is another key benefit.”
GridPoint’s flexible solution provides Hoosier Energy and its co-ops with a single system to communicate with and control multiple AMI systems and devices, from high-capacity water heaters to residential thermostats.
It enables a variety of load shifting and shaping scenarios — including summer, winter and emergency strategies — via scheduled, day-ahead events or real-time response.
Additionally, electric co-ops not using AMI technology can benefit from the GridPoint solution with its ability to communicate with load management devices through alternate communications paths.
“Our solution provides maximum visibility and control to manage demand,” said Michael T. Donohue, Executive Vice President, GridPoint. “We are delighted to support Hoosier Energy’s progressive efforts to increase reliability and efficiency while reducing energy costs.”
GridPoint offers other smart grid applications such as electric vehicle management as well as enterprise energy management systems that enable facilities to track and manage energy consumption and reduce operating costs across multi-site networks.
The company is working with utilities nationwide including Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Kansas City Power and Light, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Xcel Energy.