Dan Delurey,
Executive Director
of the DRCC 
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 28, 2007 – The U.S.-based Demand Response Coordinating Committee (DRCC) has announced that IBM Corporation, Progress Energy, Arizona Public Service and MeterSmart have joined the organization to work with the other national leaders in the organization to increase knowledge and understanding of demand response in the U.S.  

The DRCC was formed in 2004 to sponsor research and facilitate the exchange of information and expertise between different regions of the country, as well as among demand response practitioners and policy makers. Among the type of activities that the DRCC has undertaken is the National Town Meeting on Demand Response, a series of gatherings of demand response policy makers and stakeholders. The next National Town Meeting is scheduled to be held in Washington on April 24. The DRCC also sponsors a Webinar series on demand response issues and topics.  

"We are pleased to have these leading companies join the DRCC," said Dan Delurey, Executive Director of the DRCC. "We look forward to their contributions to the DRCC as it works to foster the growth of demand response. Their membership will broaden the geographic breadth of our organization and this will help us have a better exchange of ideas and information on demand response in general and how it develops and is implemented in different regions of the country. They will also add expertise and experience that will help in carrying out our work plan for 2007.”  

Progress Energy, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. includes two electric utilities serving approximately 3.1 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Progress Energy Florida has offered a demand response program since 1981. The company’s Energy Management program yields an annual reduction of 800 WMW (winter megawatts) and has 391,000 customers participating. The program will be expanded to add another 393 WMW by 2014.  

MeterSmart, formerly known as Hunt Power, offers a portfolio of business and system integration solutions for utility companies and large multi-site end users that reduce costs, improve operating efficiencies, and increase customer satisfaction. Its services include demand response, real-time pricing, customer energy information services, meter data management, settlement services, and turnkey AMI project management.  

IBM is a leader in delivering innovative business transformation services, transforming how people, machines, and systems communicate and collaborate. The company is actively engaged in helping utilities migrate to digital networks that enable real-time monitoring, variable pricing and the use of integrated, energy-efficient appliances, equipment and processes. IBM is also helping its clients around the world achieve greater energy efficiency, lower their costs and significantly reduce their carbon footprint.  

Arizona Public Service Company, Arizona's largest and longest-serving electric utility, serves more than 1 million customers in 11 of the state's 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the largest subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE: PNW).  

Members of the DRCC include American Electric Power, Ameren, Arizona Public Service, Hess, IBM, ISO-New England, MeterSmart, MidAmerican Energy, Midwest ISO, National Grid, NYSERDA, Pacific Gas & Electric, PJM Interconnection, Progress Energy, San Diego Gas & Electric, Salt River Project, Southern California Edison, Southern Company, Tennessee Valley Authority, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Xcel Energy.