Allegheny Power Proposes Projects to Help Meet EmPOWER Maryland Targets
Allegheny Power, the electric distribution business of Allegheny Energy, Inc. (NYSE: AYE), today announced the filing of 13 proposed energy-efficiency and conservation programs, and an Advanced Utility Infrastructure (AUI) pilot project, with the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). The programs and pilot are subject to Commission approval and are Allegheny’s response to the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act, which targets a 15 percent reduction in energy consumption by 2015.
Designed to reach the full spectrum of Allegheny’s customers, the energy-efficiency programs target major energy-consuming systems such as heating, air conditioning, major appliances, lighting, motors and production processes.
Based on participation in the proposed programs, customers could realize significant savings on their electric bills. Costs for these programs would be recovered through surcharges tailored to each retail customer rate schedule. For residential customers, the cost of these programs and the AUI pilot project are estimated to be about $1.30 per month.
The AUI pilot project would demonstrate and evaluate emerging technologies to support energy conservation and demand response. The pilot project targets more than 1,000 residential and commercial customers in the Urbana, Md., area, and is considered to be among the nation’s first applications of AUI technology in an organized wholesale electricity market.
When fully operational, the system is expected to incorporate pricing signals from PJM Interconnection, the regional grid operator, and allow customers to respond to changes in wholesale energy prices and actively manage their electric usage and costs.
This technology, if expanded to large-scale application, has the potential to allow customers to control monthly electric costs, lessen the strain on Maryland’s electrical infrastructure, and benefit the environment by reducing electricity consumption.
Utilities from Maryland and across the nation will have access to information compiled from the pilot, allowing for the design of unique programs based on consumption patterns and demographics of varied customer bases.
Allegheny has teamed with Augusta Systems, Inc. of Morgantown, W.Va., for the design and deployment of the pilot.
Headquartered in Greensburg, Pa., Allegheny Energy is an investor-owned electric utility with total annual revenues of over $3 billion and more than 4,000 employees. The company owns and operates generating facilities and delivers low-cost, reliable electric service to 1.6 million customers in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.alleghenyenergy.com.
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