Preparing for the Smart Grid

Coordinated Demand Response (CDR) Program

Reducing peak demand, especially on hot summer days, helps MRES and its members save money and delay the need for infrastructure improvements. MRES offers a hosted CDR program that helps members cost-effectively install and operate direct load control of central air conditioners and electric water heaters. MRES hosts the headend CDR software and provides the communications system, along with operational and IT support, and has negotiated discounts on the hardware. Customized marketing materials are branded Get the Load Down℠ and available for member use. 

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Program

AMI enables two-way communications between the utility and the customer meter or other devices, which allows the utility to monitor the status of its distribution system in near real-time. AMI provides the backbone for many Smart Grid technologies that can enhance system performance and efficiency. It can also provide customers with tools to better manage their electrical usage and costs, and can enable technology options, such as solar generation and electric vehicles. MRES hosts the headend AMI software and provides the communications system, along with operational and IT support, and has negotiated discounts on the hardware.  

The hosted CDR and AMI programs both use the same RF Mesh wireless communications network for additional savings.

For more information or to get a cost quotation for your community, please email us.  

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