Utility cooperative

Carroll Electric Prepares Major Technology Upgrade

Carroll Electric is moving forward with a major technology upgrade that the company says will save money and energy. The utility has more than 69,000 members. The key component of the upgrade is the deployment and installation of smart meters, which use an advanced metering infrastructure to record energy usage in real time and in…

Westar Energy Offers Building Operator Certification Classes

The Kansas Energy Office has approved Westar Energy’s plan to expand its Building Operator Certification program (BOC) training to include municipal and cooperative utility customers. BOC, a licensed program provided through the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), is a nationally recognized competency-based training and certification program that is designed to inform for building operators about energy efficiency applications and help utilities reduce peak load and defer the need for investing in additional generation capacity. Any building operator responsible for day-to-day maintenance and operation who is interested in learning how to achieve measurable, sustainable energy savings for his or her facility is eligible to participate.

Rural Electric Co-ops Get Smart Grid Funding

United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 10 rural electric cooperatives and utilities have been awarded funding to build or expand transmission and distribution lines and provide smart grid technology to benefit nearly 20,000 rural consumers.

TV White Space Used for Smart Grid Technologies

Spectrum Bridge, in partnership with Google and Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative & Telecommunications (PSREC) has launched the nation’s first Smart Grid wireless network trial utilizing TV white spaces spectrum in Plumas-Sierra County, CA. PSREC says it chose TV white spaces so Smart Grid technologies could devise more efficient ways to manage its supply-and-demand of electricity, improve system control, and provide broadband Internet access to under-served areas.