Demand response coalition changes name

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Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — November 18, 2008 – The Demand Response and Advanced Metering Coalition (DRAM) has announced a name change to the Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG), to reflect the on-going growth and development of the industry.

According to Chris King, chief strategy officer of DRSG member eMeter and one of the founders of the Coalition, the name change makes sense. “Our new name reflects the growth in diversity of our organization’s members and the breadth of smart grid products and services that they provide,” King said, adding that the Coalition will continue to work to educate and provide information to policymakers, utilities, the media, the financial community and stakeholders on demand response and smart grid technologies such as smart meters.

At the same time the Coalition has gained four new members – search engine Google, which through its philanthropic arm, Google.org, is investing resources in energy and climate change among other areas, and energy companies CPower (formerly ConsumerPowerline), Conservation Services Group, and Corporate Systems Engineering.

Rick Counihan, vice president for regulatory affairs for DRSG member EnerNOC and Co-Chair of the DRSG Membership Committee, welcomed the new members of the organization. “We are pleased to have these four key companies come aboard. They both diversify and strengthen our group and demonstrate the explosive growth of our industry and increased demand for demand response and smart grid goods and services.”

The DRSG is the trade association for companies that provide products and services in the areas of demand response, smart meters and smart grid technologies.