Maryland utility co-op extends demand response contract with Itron

To ensure the continued reliability of its grid network, US utility Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is extending its demand response contract with Itron.

The energy provider has extended its demand response contract for two years allowing Itron to continue providing SMECO with a fully outsourced and pay-for-performance demand response solution.

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Itron will manage the utility’s CoolSentry load management initiative to ensure reliable power and lower rates for residential and commercial & industrial customers.

Itron will continue to leverage its cloud-based distributed energy resources management solution IntelliSOURCE Enterprise to manage the programme, will recruit customers into the project and install the required load control equipment. The software will automate every phase of the programme to ensure seamless and reliable delivery for a consistent customer experience. Itron will provide up to 59MW of available capacity to the cooperative.

The two have collaborated to implement the project since 2008.

Jeff Shaw, vice president of distributed energy resources and sustainability at SMECO, said: “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.

“Our SMECO CoolSentry Load Management programme also plays a critical role in averting energy shortages in our community during periods of high demand.”