First U.S. Water Utility to Employ Demand-side Management of Electricity
VOORHEES, N.J., September 7, 2011 – American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, today announced it has formed a partnership with ENBALA Power Networks. The partnership, a result of the company’s Innovation Development Process, establishes American Water as the first U.S. water utility to use ENBALA’s Smart Grid technology, which harnesses the flexibility of the company’s demand-side assets to deliver Grid Balance to the electric power system.
“Since water and energy are so interconnected, finding ways to better manage these critical services benefits both industries and their customers,” said American Water President and CEO Jeff Sterba. “This technology essentially allows the power company to ‘talk’ with a water plant in real-time. This communication leverages the flexibility of our treatment facilities’ energy usage so that we use more energy when demand is low and less energy when demand is high. This provides valuable flexibility to the electricity system operator and results in a cost benefit to the company, which will help offset increases in other costs for our customers.”
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