Cooper Power Systems has been selected by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to provide a system for peak demand reduction designed for PG&E’s residential and small commercial customers. The Cannon Demand Management solution, which is part of Cooper’s Energy Automation Solutions (EAS) group, will enable PG&E to gain at least 5 MW of clean energy capacity by June 15, 2007, and can be expanded to ultimately provide more than 300MW of clean energy capacity by 2010 subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Cooper expects the project will represent between $28 million and $40 million in revenue over the period 2007-2010 if expanded to full capacity.
Cooper Power Systems’ EAS group is providing PG&E a solution comprising theYukon operating software platform, along with smart communicating thermostats and control switches. Using a wireless communication network, the system will reduce electrical demand at thousands of air conditioning units during times of maximum demand, thereby enhancing grid reliability and reducing brownouts and rolling blackouts.
“Cooper is committed to providing world-class technology solutions to help our utility customers increase productivity and reduce the cost of delivering electrical power,” said Cooper Industries Chairman Kirk S. Hachigian. “With the Cannon Demand Management solution, we enable PG&E to build a system that will add the equivalent of an entire power plant’s worth of capacity when they need it most – without the cost of building a power plant.”
Cooper announced the formation of the EAS group in February to meet growing demand for comprehensive automation technologies and expertise that help utility customers increase productivity, improve system reliability, and reduce costs. The group combines the capabilities of recently acquired Cannon Technologies, Inc. and Cybectec, Inc. with Cooper Power Systems’ existing automation products and services.