Pineville, LA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 29, 2008 – Cleco Power LLC is conducting a study of demand response techniques utilizing smart meters and in-home smart thermostats that can help control load during peak periods.

Four hundred and fifty SmartPoint enabled Sensus iCon electricity meters that allow two-way communication between Cleco and the consumer were installed this summer in Cleco’s Eastern District north of New Orleans, Louisiana. Over 100 Cleco customers in St. Tammany Parish participating in the demand response study also have a smart thermostat installed in their home. The smart thermostat receives signals from Cleco notifying the customer of time-of-use (TOU) pricing including an alert when critical peak (CPP) pricing is in effect. The purpose of the test is to measure sensitivities in the Cleco grid during peak times to various demand response programs. Consumers benefit from demand response advancements designed to insulate them from higher pricing due to peak loads.

"Cleco is interested in finding out if consumers will change their electricity usage patterns in response to TOU pricing. The Smartpoint technology is enabling us to communicate price signals to our customers’ thermostats and to gather data about how their electricity usage changes based on the price signals." said Dean Sikes, one of Cleco’s project managers for the pilot project.

Cleco’s program will run through September 2009 and the company plans to present their findings to the Louisiana Public Service Commission by the end of 2009.

Cleco Corp. business Cleco Power is a regulated electric utility serving 273,000 customers across Louisiana.