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Eaton Helps PacifiCorp Reduce Utah Electrical Power Demand and Increase Grid Reliability
Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 01:43:20 PM


Technology from Eaton's Cooper Power Systems Business Supports Demand Response Program for Residential, Commercial Customers

Date: September 17, 2014

PITTSBURGH, PA Power management company Eaton today announced its Cooper Power Systems business delivered two-way demand response equipment and software as part of a turnkey project to PacifiCorp, a leading utility in the Western United States. Eaton's technology supports PacifiCorp's Rocky Mountain Power Cool Keeper demand response program, a voluntary initiative that intelligently manages approximately 100 megawatts of power for more than 95,000 Utah residences and businesses.

"PacifiCorp's innovative demand response system, with its secure, flexible and responsive two-way communications infrastructure, is designed to reduce consumption during peak electrical demand to help reduce costs and improve grid reliability," said Tom Pitstick, vice president and general manager, Energy Automation Solutions, Eaton's Cooper Power Systems division. "With our extensive experience in utility demand response and expansive portfolio of solutions, Eaton has helped PacifiCorp automate, protect and optimize its electrical grid."

Eaton supplied the demand response management software and equipment to replace the Cool Keeper's legacy one-way system. Eaton managed the installation of the network infrastructure (gateways and relays) and worked closely with GoodCents Holdings, Inc., the end device installation contractor for the project. The highly reliable and redundant two-way network allows PacifiCorp to retrieve device run time data, collect accurate measurement and verification, provide asset management, and perform remote firmware updates on every device on the network. The system continuously monitors device connection, communication, and runtime to assist PacifiCorp in knowing the load resource availability and performance.

The Cool Keeper system incorporates Eaton's Yukon software, which connects to industry-leading demand response devices via Eaton's two-way wireless mesh network. The robust Eaton network simplifies implementation and maintenance resulting in lower total cost of ownership. The solution can also support a range of other smart grid applications, including advanced metering, pre-pay services, voltage monitoring, outage detection and distribution automation.

The Eaton equipment is designed to work in harmony with the software to forecast available load resources; provides automatic load control based on real-time inputs from external systems and operations; and cycles participating customers' air conditioners reducing demand for electricity without impacting customer comfort. The project started in the fall of 2013 and is currently deployed and operational. Eaton's solution recently passed PacifiCorp's rigorous system acceptance test and the utility has successfully executed multiple load control events with full result verifications.

PacifiCorp is one of the West's leading utilities serving 1.8 million customers across 136,000 square miles in six Western states. The company is comprised of three business units working to provide safe, reliable electricity to customers at a reasonable cost. Pacific Power serves customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Rocky Mountain Power serves customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. PacifiCorp Energy operates a broad portfolio of power-generating assets to ensure low-cost energy is available for customers.

Eaton's Cooper Power Systems division provides a range of power delivery and reliability, automation and control, advanced metering and demand response solutions designed to increase efficiency and smart operations. The Power Systems business serves customers globally in the utility, commercial, industrial, mining, manufacturing, renewable energy and other markets. For more information on Eaton's Cooper Power Systems business and its entire portfolio of electrical power solutions, visit

Eaton's electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today's most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

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