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The Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA) is the first to go live with the Siemens Demand Response Management System (DRMS) solution, which Siemens reports enables the utility to “shed load across multiple distribution systems utilizing several different demand response programs, verify load shed, calculate baselines, and automate customer billing and settlement without cumbersome processes that previously required multiple spreadsheets for calculation.”


In 2011, Siemens previously implemented the eMeter EnergyIP meter data management system (MDMS) platform for WVPA, which is successfully integrated with the new system, allowing for all data to be passed between both.

WVPA’s Manager of Load Response, Andrew Horstman, explains that demand response provides the utility with “the ability to avoid the need to purchase future peaking power plants thus reducing costs. The Siemens DRMS allows WVPA to create, manage and enroll end-use consumers into demand response programs. Because demand response has value in the MISO and PJM market it can offset the need for new peaking power generation and can be a cost-effective way to reduce the need to purchase expensive power from the market. Our demand response programs and systems will help to avoid higher costs for our Members and will be utilized as another asset in our power supply portfolio.”

Siemens DRMS will calculate baseline load curves based on data collected from approximately 400 substations across 26 member distribution cooperatives, enabling WVPA to schedule load shed events and validate that the load shed has occurred all the while tracking actual kW of load shed.

Thierry Godart, president of Siemens Smart Grid division, adds: “This successful implementation and launch of the Siemens DRMS at WVPA strongly positions Siemens in the utility demand response marketplace. This project is an example of how Siemens successfully partners with utilities to create innovative and practical demand response solutions.”

Founded in 1963, the Wabash Valley Power Association includes 26 member cooperatives that provide electricity to approximately 750,000 people at home and in the workplace. For more information, visit www.wvpa.com.

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