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Deploying Demand Response System for Wabash Valley Power

Siemens has implemented its Demand Response Management System (DRMS) and eMeter’s EnergyIP Meter Data Management System (MDMS) platform for Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA).

Customer Objectives

The Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA), a generation and transmission cooperative (G&T) based in Indianapolis, works with 26 member cooperatives in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Missouri that provide electricity to approximately 750,000 people at home and in the workplace. The cooperatives have different meter types and customer information systems.

WVPA needed a flexible software platform with proven smart grid deployments. Siemens offered the right solutions and experiences to deploy a successful smart grid rollout.

Our Solutions

In 2011, Siemens implemented eMeter’s EnergyIP software platform and Meter Data Management System (MDMS) for WVPA. Then, in 2012, WVPA became the first customer to implement and “go live” with the Siemens Demand Response Management System (DRMS) solution.

Benefits of Demand Response Management System (DRMS)

Demand Response, when utilized properly, will help keep utility rates low and reduce the need for rolling blackouts and emergency related outages.

The Siemens DRMS solution enables WVPA to reduce its load across a number of distribution systems by leveraging various demand response programs, confirming load shed and analyzing baselines.

DRMS, in addition to helping WVPA shed multiple megawatts to combat purchasing expensive peaking power on the wholesale market, also helps with emergency-related electric grid stress. It also lets WVPA stop the tedious process of relying on multiple spreadsheets for calculation and instead automate customer billing and settlement, which saves time and provides accurate information at all times.

DRMS now assumes the responsibility of calculating baseline load curves from the data collected from close to 400 substations spread across WVPA’s 26 member cooperatives.

Benefits of eMeter’s EnergyIP Meter Data Management System (MDMS)

eMeter’s EnergyIP software platform and MDMS application enable a single system capable of providing meter-to-cash and demand response across multiple customer information (CIS) and advanced metering (AMI) systems.

MDMS allows WVPA to monitor and analyze the meter data received from smart meters.

Project Success

WVPA’s previous software solution employed several legacy technologies involving one-way communications technology that sent load reduction commands with no way of verifying actual load reduction. The Siemens DRMS platform allows WVPA to utilize the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) networks deployed at its member distribution cooperatives with EnergyIP MDMS to create a solution that uses bidirectional communication for real-time load reductions.

The successful implementation and launch of the Siemens DRMS solution from the Siemens Smart Grid Division of the Infrastructure & Cities Sector strongly positions Siemens in the utility demand response marketplace and is an example of how Siemens can partner with utilities to create innovative and practical demand response solutions.