GoodCents Solutions, provider of residential and small-commercial demand response and energy efficiency programs to investor-owned, municipal, and cooperative utilities, has announced that its Rate Manager software, developed in conjunction with Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, has won a first place award in the Rates & Regulation category of the 2005 SEE Industry Excellence Award Program.

Rate Manager is a software system developed to assist utility rate analysts in calculating, charting, and analysing current electricity service rates, designing new rates, and making competitive rate comparisons across companies and jurisdictions. The application is a SAS®-based (Statistical Analysis System) software program that runs on a Microsoft Windows operating system. It has the Microsoft Windows advantages of a point and click environment with pull-down menus, easy exchange between applications, and ease of use for printing copies and graphics.

Several electricity utilities are now using Rate Manager. They report that the comparison reports capability has been very useful to utility customer service representatives in the field and also to utility small business centres.