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Eaton providing demand response technology to PacifiCorp

Iain Morris
September 23, 2014

Power management company Eaton is providing two-way demand response systems and software to PacifiCorp to help cut down on electrical power demand in Utah and increase the reliability of the grid.

The Eaton (Dublin, Ireland) technology is being used in PacifiCorp’s Rocky Mountain Power Cool Keeper demand response program – a voluntary initiative that is “intelligently” managing some 100 megawatts of power for more than 95,000 Utah residences and businesses.

“PacifiCorp’s innovative demand response system, with its secure, flexible and responsive two-way communications infrastructure, is designed to reduce consumption during peak electrical demand to help reduce costs and improve grid reliability,” said Tom Pitstick, the vice president and general manager of energy automation solutions for Eaton’s Cooper Power Systems division, which is responsible for developing the demand response technology.

“With our extensive experience in utility demand response and expansive portfolio of solutions, Eaton has helped PacifiCorp [Portland, OR, USA] automate, protect and optimize its electrical grid,” he added.

Eaton says its technology will replace the Cool Keeper’s legacy one-way system.

It claims the two-way network will allow the utility to retrieve device run-time data, collect accurate measurement and verification information, provide asset management support and perform remote firmware updates on every device on the network.

The technology has been set up to continuously monitor device connection, communications and runtime, so that PacifiCorp has a clear understanding of load resource availability and performance.

Eaton claims its network will simplify implementation and maintenance for PacifiCorp and support a range of other smart grid applications, including advanced metering, pre-pay services, voltage monitoring, outage detection and distribution automation.

PacifiCorp currently serves a total of 1.8 million customers across six states in the west of the US.
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