July 15, 2008

BPL Global Provides Integrated DER Solution to FirstEnergy Subsidiary JCP&L

PITTSBURGH, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- BPL Global(R), Ltd. (BPLG), a smart grid technology company dedicated to leading the transformation of energy and information delivery, has collaborated with Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp., to deploy an Integrated Distributed Energy Resource (DER) management system to demonstrate energy efficiency and reliability as well as customer satisfaction in JCP&L's service area.

The project combines JCP&L distribution design and operations expertise with BPLG software solutions and device technology. The Integrated DER project will deliver a projected eight megawatts of direct load control consisting of five megawatts from about 3,500 residential customers and three megawatts from 30 to 90 commercial and industrial customers. This industry-leading smart grid technology will support JCP&L's efforts to coordinate the management of distributed generation, renewables, energy storage and demand management.

The technology allows real-time management of the energy delivery system based on the changing conditions of the distribution network. The system can be configured to respond differently based on the condition of the grid, whether operations are normal, or under high load. Using the DER management solution can result in energy, operational, capital and environmental efficiencies that have the potential to create significant value for electric customers and utilities.

"This is a pivotal, enabling technology fundamental to transformation of the intelligent grid," said Keith Schaefer, BPLG's CEO. "JCP&L's commitment to innovation and vision of the future grid have provided invaluable direction to the development of our groundbreaking solution."

"The Integrated Distributed Energy Resource Management Pilot will demonstrate the value and viability of targeted peak load management as a source of system reliability and energy efficiency for our distribution circuits," said Steve Morgan, president, JCP&L. "The Pilot program incorporates smart grid technology and is also consistent with demonstrating alternative means of cost-effectively addressing critical goals related to demand response in the New Jersey Energy Master Plan."

This industry leading initiative is a co-development effort between BPLG and JCP&L to demonstrate an integrated approach to demand management and grid efficiency.

About BPL Global

BPL Global, Ltd. (BPLG) is a smart grid technology company dedicated to leading the transformation of energy and information delivery. The company provides software solutions to electric utilities enabling an intelligent grid to more efficiently manage demand, integrate distributed energy resources, improve service reliability, and optimize cost and capital productivity. BPL Global partners with local utilities, Internet service providers, equipment suppliers and financiers to create end-to-end solutions integrating the best in software, communications, hardware and managed services to aggressively deploy smart grid solutions around the world. Part of the clean technology sector of the electric utility industry, our applications provide the critical foundation for a coordinated, intelligent grid to deliver energy more efficiently for a greener environment. http://www.bplglobal.net/ .

About JCP&L

JCP&L, a subsidiary of Akron, Ohio based FirstEnergy Corp. , serves 1.1 million customers in 13 New Jersey counties.

    For more information contact:     Barbara Shear    MS&L    212-468-3154    [email protected]  

BPL Global, Ltd.

CONTACT: Barbara Shear of MS&L, +1-212-468-3154,[email protected], for BPL Global, Ltd.

Web site: http://www.bplglobal.net/