NISC Selected by Great River Energy to Support its Smart Grid Demonstration Project
The effort is part of a $34 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Cooperative Research Network.
“NISC has been providing meter data management services to our distribution system members and customers for almost two years,” said Vern Dosch, NISC’s CEO. “We are pleased to be working with a G&T, Great River Energy, to provide MDM services to its smart grid demonstration project.”
“We’re also glad to be bringing our Demand Response partner, Lockheed Martin, into the project,” Dosch added. “NISC’s MDM is fully integrated with the Lockheed Martin solution and together we look forward to contributing to the success of GRE and its member cooperatives' efforts.” The two distribution systems taking part in the project, Lake Region Electric Cooperative, Pelican Rapids, Minn., and Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative, Jordan, Minn. are also members of NISC and use its MDM system.
”There is a tremendous amount of data delivered to electric cooperatives by smart meters and managing that information can be challenging,” said Gary Connett, director of demand side management and member services at Great River Energy. “This demonstration project will help to determine the best method to manage that data and turn it into usable information that will help make our cooperatives - and our members - more knowledgeable about energy usage and ultimately more efficient.
According to Dosch, NISC has developed its MDM technology as an affordable and scalable solution for utilities. “NISC’s advantage is our ability to integrate with any AMI system for data collection,” he said. “We can provide one centralized and affordable MDM solution for any G&T, even though their distribution members use different brands of smart metering systems.” He added that NISC’s MDM will also work with billing and engineering solutions provided by other vendors.
About Great River Energy
Great River Energy is a not-for-profit cooperative which provides wholesale electric service to 28 distribution cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Those member cooperatives distribute electricity to approximately 650,000 member consumers—or about 1.7 million people. With more than $3.5 billion in assets, Great River Energy is the second largest electric power supplier in Minnesota and one of the largest generation and transmission (G&T) cooperatives in the United States. Great River Energy’s member cooperatives range from those in the outer-ring suburbs of the Twin Cities to the Arrowhead region of Minnesota to the farmland of southwestern Minnesota. Great River Energy’s largest distribution cooperative serves more than 125,000 member-consumers; the smallest serves about 2,500. Learn more at greatriverenergy.com.
About National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states. Learn more at NRECA.coop.
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Lockheed Martin’s smart grid solutions portfolio combines expertise in systems-of-systems integration, service oriented architectures, cyber security and mission-critical systems development with utility-specific functionality. Learn more at lockheedmartin.com.
National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) is an information technology company that develops, implements and supports software and hardware solutions for our Members/Customers. We deliver advanced solutions, services and support to more than 600 cooperatives and other public power entities and independent telephone companies in 47 states, one U.S. territory and Canada. NISC is an industry leader providing Information Technology (IT) solutions for consumer and subscriber billing, accounting, engineering and operations, e-solutions, automated mailroom services, bill printing, third-party integration as well and more than 75 other IT solutions. Learn more at nisc.coop.