Owen Electric Cooperative receives smart grid honors


Owen Electric Cooperative (OEC) has been recognized with the 2013 Smart Grid Visionary Award from Rural Smart Grid Summit for its innovation in deploying at least one smart grid project and plans to further develop the technology over the next three to five years. 

Cooperatives building a smarter grid. Click to enlarge. Credit: NRECA

OEC, a 58,000-member electrical distribution cooperative in Owenton, Kentucky, is committed to offering its members all of the information that can be obtained, offered and analyzed by the smart grid.

OEC was chosen by an advisory board made up of utility executives, industry analysts, association representatives, and executives from technology companies for its "Beat the Peak" program, which is designed to gauge OEC members' willingness to voluntarily reduce electrical consumption during peak system load periods. Associated with this program was a Smart Home project focused on positively managing OEC members' daily electrical usage.

"Our mission is to provide new energy management solutions to our members in the face of increasing environmental regulation as a way to improve both the quality and reliability of the power delivered," said Mark Stallons, president and CEO, Owen Electric Cooperative. "It is an honor to be recognized by the Smart Grid Summit on our efforts. We will continue to move these projects forward to ultimately save our members money."  

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