Groton Electric Deploying Sequentric Smart Grid Technology
Sequentric Energy Systems, announced it has supplied its demand management hardware and software to Groton Electric Light Department of Groton, Massachusetts, for its smart grid deployment. The 2011 roll-out follows the successful pilot project initiated last summer to test the equipment, the installation process, customer acceptance and demand management performance.
Sequentric’s Internet Protocol-based hardware and software systems give electric utilities and systems integrators a wide range of proven, flexible, and highly cost-effective smart grid options. By enabling demand, consumption and information management along with a variety of control and storage innovations, customized smart grid networks are easily configured and deployed. All Sequentric hardware is manufactured in the United States.
According to Kevin Kelly, Manager of Groton Electric, “Last summer, we implemented a pilot to better understand how we would deploy and utilize Sequentric’s smart grid technology. The testing demonstrated very positive results and was well received by the customers in the program. The hardware and servers have operated flawlessly and we documented reductions in demand when the system was called on.” Mr. Kelly continued, “Now that the commissioners have approved our recommendation to begin deployment, we look forward to working with Sequentric to help build out the program and we look forward to a further expansion in 2012.
Daniel Flohr, CEO of Sequentric said, “Groton Electric Light’s recent innovations with a two-way meter reading communication system and time of use rates creates a great basis to showcase our home area network technologies and demand management software. With a very successful pilot behind them, we are delighted that Groton Electric is quickly moving to deployment, and we look forward to supporting that process.”
The Groton smart grid project is being funded in part by the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments Program (DEED Program), the only research and development program funded by and for public power utilities. Established in 1980, DEED encourages activities that promote energy innovation, improve efficiencies and lower costs of energy to public power customers.