Utility consortium optimises demand management for 128 members


A consortium of US electric cooperatives has selected energy commerce solutions firm OATI to help its members operate demand-side management programmes.

Seven States Power Corporation (7SPC) is deploying OATI’s Distributed Energy Resource Management System to allow its 128 utilities to create their own and participate in integrated demand management initiatives.

Publicly owned energy provider, Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, will provide support service and start-up training for participating utilities.

The system comprises hardware and software solutions which use advanced networking, security and communication technologies to provide utilities with real-time data regarding the operation of distributed energy resources, load control assets, generation assets and electrical grid equipment.

The development is expected to help members of 7SPC to expand portfolios of distributed energy resources and create and manage virtual power plants for grid reliability and efficiency.

“We are proud to extend the relationship with Seven States Power Corporation, having provided the technology for a pilot programme, prior to the current DERMS contract,” said Dr. Sasan Mokhtari, CEO of OATI.