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Central Maine Power has been recognised for the smart grid education initiative
Central Maine Power has been recognised for the smart grid education initiative, PowerHouse

Central Main Power (CMP) and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) have been recognised in the 2015 Smart Grid Customer Education Awards, the utility said in a statement.

Presented by Smart Energy IP, the awards recognised “utilities and partner organizations that have demonstrated leadership through their dedication to customer education in their Smart Grid deployments”, the company said.

The PowerHouse education initiative, designed by CMP and GMRI, offers a combination of smart metering tech with maths and science learning – helping students and their families manage electricity use at home. Using evidence-based reasoning, students are able to investigate their own electricity consumption and develop energy management solutions.

According to Sara Burns, president and CEO of CMP: “CMP has a long tradition of supporting educational programs that focus on math, science, and technology, so working with GMRI is a natural fit.

“This partnership has created a program that helps customers to maximize the benefits of our smart meter technology, and we are proud to be a part of it.”

CMP, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, has more than 560,000 customers in Maine, according to the company.

Gulf Power recognised for Energy Select programme

Gulf Power company have also been recognised in the same award ceremony for it’s Energy Select programme – a fully automated, critical-peak pricing programme, aimed at helping customers save money and reduce energy.

This programme allows customers the ability to control heating and cooling systems, water heating and pool pumps automatically in response to different electricity prices which are time, day and season dependent. Customer satisfaction rates have risen as high as 95% due to the programme.

Introduced in 2000, the Energy Select programme has been recognised by the Wall Street JournalNewsweek and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

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