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Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Taps West Monroe SMART for DOE Reporting

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative in Virginia has selected its West Monroe SMART reporting tool to facilitate mandatory Department of Energy reporting as part of the company's $16 million Smart Grid Investment Grant. West Monroe Partners also will help Rappahannock Electric Cooperative establish a project management office to oversee implementation of its smart grid initiative, which is partially funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act .

West Monroe SMART is a full-featured, customizable reporting tool that produces the information utilities need to manage and refine smart grid implementations. The tool facilitates compliance with the DOE and the ARRA requirements for grant reporting and monitoring by collecting and tracking data from a utility's operational and back office systems.

The Cooperative's smart grid initiative will increase the information available to the utility's members, equipping them to make sound decisions regarding energy usage and help the utility manage its network more efficiently. Ultimately this will lead to cost savings, increased service offerings, and a more reliable energy grid for Rappahannock's members.

Rappahannock initially engaged West Monroe Partners to establish a project management office (PMO) to oversee efficient implementation of its smart grid initiative. During this process, the utility recognized a need for a comprehensive data management and gathering tool that meets DOE reporting requirements.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative is a Virginia-based, member-owned energy cooperative that provides electric services to parts of 16 counties and more than 103,000 meters. Serving a variety of residential, commercial and industrial customers,

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