Silver Spring Networks, a leading networking platform and solutions
provider for smart energy networks, today announced an innovative new
load control solution providing utilities with fast Demand Response (DR)
resources to help them reduce peak load and maintain grid reliability.
Silver Spring's open, IPv6-based networking platform has connected more
than 12 million homes and businesses worldwide and enables utilities of
all sizes and across all geographies to deploy the broadest possible
array of applications atop a common platform.
Silver Spring's Direct-to-Grid™ technology allows utilities to directly
monitor and manage energy intensive assets such as air conditioners,
electric heaters, water heaters, and pool pumps. With two-way
communications capability, these new load control devices can be used to
update legacy DR technology ahead of, or together with, advanced meter
rollouts. Silver Spring's solution is unique in the ability to provide
Direct-to-Grid, fast-DR without any need for existing AMI
infrastructure. Load control switches from multiple manufacturers
seamlessly integrate with Silver Spring's end-to-end demand response
solution, helping utilities deliver increased benefits and unlock more
value from their smart grid investments.
"We are now expanding our demand response solution to enable utilities
to easily modernize their existing direct load control programs and to
significantly increase overall program benefits," said Matthew Smith,
Senior Director, Demand Side Business, Silver Spring Networks. "Load
control programs are vital for grid stability and our Direct-to-Grid
technology is a major step forward in upgrading these programs with the
latest award-winning networking technology."
As part of the Silver Spring Partner Program, Silver Spring is working
closely with Cooper Power Systems and EnTek to integrat its Gen4
Communications Module into their most advanced load control switches
(the Cooper Power Systems LCR-6600-S and EnTek FC340-SSN). Silver
Spring's Gen4 technology delivers increased data rates, with support up
to 300 Kbps, enabling the devices to support increasingly demanding DR
applications with rapid response requirements. With complete two-way
communications, these devices deliver utilities real-time load shed
verification data for better management of load control resources. The
high connectivity rates afforded by the Silver Spring network assure
utilities they can reliably reach high-value DR assets, maximizing the
effectiveness of their load control programs. The load control switches
also possess relay capability to strengthen the Silver Spring RF mesh,
boosting performance for all smart grid applications.
"Customers are looking to leverage their existing investments to reduce
peak load, ensure continued grid reliability, and expand their smart
grid programs," said Mark Thurman, president, Cooper Power Systems, a
division of Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE). "Working through the
Silver Spring Partner Program, Cooper Power Systems and Silver Spring
are combining the best of standards-based networking infrastructure with
leading Demand Response technology to deliver customers the industry's
most advanced load control solution."
"Managing electrical load and ensuring grid reliability are crucial
elements of utilities' smart grid strategies," said Glenn Davis of
EnTek. "Integration of Silver Spring's two-way Direct-to-Grid networking
technology with EnTek load control devices enables our customers to
quickly and easily expand and modernize their load control programs."
For more information please visit www.silverspringnet.com/solutions/loadcontrol.
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About Silver Spring Networks
Silver Spring Networks is a leading networking platform and solutions
provider for smart energy networks. With its pioneering IPv6 networking
platform, Silver Spring has connected more than 12 million homes and
businesses throughout the world with the goal of achieving greater
energy efficiency for the planet. Silver Spring's innovative products
enable utilities to gain efficiencies, integrate renewable energy
sources, and empower customers to monitor and manage energy consumption.
Silver Spring Networks is used by major utilities around the globe
including Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, Commonwealth
Edison, Florida Power & Light, Jemena Electricity Networks Limited,
Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, Inc. and United Energy among
others. For more information please visit www.silverspringnet.com.
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