New Intelligent Energy Management Program Supports Compliance With Pennsylvania Act 129
NORCROSS, Ga., Sept. 12, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Comverge, Inc. (Nasdaq:COMV), the leading provider of Intelligent Energy Management solutions for Residential and Commercial & Industrial customers, today announced it has been selected by Duquesne Light Company, a leader in the transmission and distribution of electric energy in southwestern Pennsylvania, to help optimize residential and small commercial customers' summer peak energy usage. The new Watt Choices Air Conditioner Cycling Team program will leverage Comverge's portfolio of intelligent energy management solutions, including Comverge's IntelliSOURCE software platform, to help customers earn money and protect the environment by assisting Duquesne Light in managing air conditioning peak loads.
"Our new Watt Choices Air Conditioner Cycling Team program is designed to reduce the demand for electricity during peak summer usage periods," said David DeFide, Manager of Energy Efficiency at Duquesne Light Company. "Over the long term, these types of initiatives could help keep electricity rates down. Similar programs are being launched across Pennsylvania, and we are asking our customers to do their part. We selected Comverge as it is the leading supplier of intelligent energy management systems in the residential and commercial energy management markets. Comverge brought that experience to the table, and by working closely together, we will empower our customers as we work to meet Pennsylvania's Act 129 energy and peak demand reduction requirements." Duquesne Light serves more than half a million customers throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.
By leveraging Comverge's portfolio of Intelligent Energy Management hardware, software and services, Duquesne Light will be able to offer residential and small commercial customers the option to earn money by participating in the new Watt Choices Air Conditioner Cycling Team program. Participants within the program will agree to allow Duquesne Light to remotely cycle on and off their high energy use appliances in 15-minute increments during peak hours in the summer months of 2012.
"Duquesne Light Company has a long standing commitment to providing its customers with a safe, secure and reliable source of electricity," said Comverge President and CEO, R. Blake Young. "By empowering its residential and commercial customers to optimize their energy usage during the critical summer months, Duquesne Light is able to extend that commitment by offering its customer the economic and environmental benefits of an intelligent energy management program. Comverge's unique ability to offer integrated solutions that help utilities manage direct load control programs for both residential and commercial customers continues to achieve market acceptance. Our software, services and products enable utilities to manage complex direct load control programs across these two customer classes from one platform."
With more than 500 utility and 2,100 commercial customers, as well as five million residential deployments, Comverge brings unparalleled industry knowledge and experience to offer the most reliable, easy-to-use, and cost-effective intelligent energy management programs. We deliver the insight and control that enables energy providers and consumers to optimize their power usage through the industry's only proven, comprehensive set of technology, services and information management solutions. For more information, visit www.comverge.com.
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