Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. has selected Cooper Power Systems to provide a system for peak demand reduction designed for BGE's residential customers.

The CannonDemand Management solution, which is a product of Cooper Power System's Energy Automation Solutions (EAS) group, supports a number of BGE goals including ensuring system reliability and helping customers manage their energy use. Cooper expects the project will represent $42 million in revenue over the period 2008-2011--and when expanded to full capacity, it will provide more than 600 MW of clean energy capacity by 2011.

Cooper Power Systems' EAS group is providing BGE a solution comprising its Yukon enterprise software along with a combination of state-of-the-art smart thermostats and control switches using a wireless communications system.

"BGE selected the Cannon Demand Management solution after a thorough evaluation process," said William Pino, director of electricity supply and forecasting for BGE. "BGE announced its Smart Energy Savers Program in January of 2007, and during the summer successfully piloted the residential demand response program to support a reduction in peak electric demand usage and energy conservation efforts. BGE's Smart Energy Savers Programs is a customer-focused service tailored to give residential consumers more options for managing their energy costs. The program includes several initiatives such as Cannon's Demand Management solution usng smart thermostats and air conditioner load control switches, energy efficiency/conservation programs (such as rebates for energy efficient appliances and discounts for compact florescent light bulbs) and advanced metering (smart meters) to facilitate dynamic pricing options for our customers."