Smart Grid Coalition Adds Ambient, Johnson Controls, CALMAC, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, EnergyConnect, & EnOcean Alliance

March 07, 2010 by Jeff Shepard

The Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG) announced that seven new members have joined the group. The new members are Ambient Corp., Johnson Controls, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, EnergyConnect Inc., CALMAC Corp., and EnOcean Alliance.

DRSG is the trade association for companies that provide products and services in the areas of demand response and smart grid technologies and practices. Through their membership in the group, Ambient, Johnson Controls, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, EnergyConnect, CALMAC, and EnOcean Alliance will help further DRSG’s educational effort to highlight the benefits of modernizing the grid and of enabling customers to become empowered consumers of electricity. DRSG engages key players from across the broad spectrum of smart grid stakeholders, including utilities, state and federal policymakers, the media, and stakeholder groups.

"Smart grid and demand response have been receiving increasing attention lately as Congress and state lawmakers recognize the absolute importance of meeting energy and climate challenges by making the grid intelligent and interactive," said Dan Delurey, President of DRSG. "And as the visibility of smart grid increases, so has DRSG’s engagement in Washington. In just the last two months, DRSG members have been invited several times by House Leadership to educate House Members and staff about the importance of such issues as reducing peak demand and providing electricity usage information to consumers. DRSG companies were able to tell Congress why the smart grid is necessary to achieve national goals for job creation, climate-change, international competitiveness, and energy reliability and independence."

Ambient Corp. designs, develops and markets Ambient Smart Grid communications technologies and equipment. Utilizing Internet protocol-based open standards technologies along with in-depth industry experience, Ambient provides utilities with solutions for creating smart grid communication platforms and technologies.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft.

EnergyConnect delivers demand response technologies and services to commercial, industrial and institutional energy users enabling them to manage their use of electricity in response to market prices or regional power shortages. The EnergyConnect technology platform provides a scalable, cost-effective, clean technology to enhance the grid’s efficiency and reliability.

CALMAC Corp. specializes in Cool Energy Technologies. The company’s patented products are represented by key partners in over 35 countries. CALMAC’s core product is smart grid ready and provides a flexible, responsive solution for fluctuating power demands and intermittent energy resources. By storing ice at night to cool buildings during the day, CALMAC has shifted over 2 Gigawatts from on- to off-peak.