PITTSBURGH, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BPL Global®, Ltd. (BPLG), a smart grid technology company dedicated to leading the transformation of energy efficiency and reliability, announced today that it is a founding member of the Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC), a newly formed European industry group, representing the entire energy value chain and cutting across all segments of the electricity industry.
The Smart Energy Demand Coalition held a speaker event in Brussels entitled "How to ensure demand side programme success in Europe" At this launch event, SEDC released the results of the new SEDC white paper and discussed what is required to make Demand Side Programs succeed in Europe, as well as the cutting-edge policy measures that the group has joined together to support.
"The success of the smart grid is greatly dependent on the ability to make energy demand 'smart'. I'm confident that the wide scope of experience of the different members of the SEDC gives us the potential to intelligently promote demand side programs in Europe that will make a difference in the future energy balance," said Pascal Julienne, Executive Director of BPL Global EMEA, Member of the board of SEDC.
The Smart Grid is widely seen in Europe as a means to reach the 2020 energy objectives, which the SEDC supports: 20% lower energy consumption, 20% lower CO2 emissions and 20% use of renewable energy resources. Cooperation between electric utilities and their customers, acting as equal partners in an energy eco-system, forms the basis for the intelligence in the smart grid. Smart grids cannot succeed without the successful participation of Demand Side Programs and European Consumers.
"The Smart Energy Demand Coalition can be an important catalyst for demand side programs by mobilizing support from utilities, regulators and consumers," said Pete Londa, CEO of BPL Global. "Demand side programs are vital to the smart grid transformation. Smart grid solutions from BPLG that allow utilities to integrate management of demand side resources including customer load energy storage and renewables meet a global need to more effectively manage energy."
SEDC members include BPL Global, Capgemini, Cinterion, Delta, Digi International, DRSG, EDF, Electricity North West UK, Elektro Ljubljana, eMeter, Enel, Enernoc, Entelios, E.ON, ESMIG, Instituto Tecnolgico de la Energia, Johnson Controls Inc, Jouleassets, Landis+Gyr, NOERR, Orange, PLMA, Prolan, Poyry, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Silver Spring Networks, Smart Power Grid Poland, Sustainability First, The Climate Group, The European Demand Response Research Center, United Technologies Research Center Ireland, VaasaETT, Vodafone and ZigBee Alliance.
About BPL Global
BPL Global®, Ltd. (BPLG) is a smart grid technology company dedicated to leading the transformation of energy efficiency and reliability. The company provides substation and distribution solutions to electric utilities enabling advanced distribution automation. With integrated management from substations through customer premises, our solutions help utilities increase efficiency and reliability to improve financial and environmental performance. BPLG partners with local utilities, communications providers, equipment suppliers and financiers to create end-to-end solutions integrating the best in software, communications, hardware and managed services to aggressively deploy our smart grid solutions around the world. Part of the clean technology sector of the electric utility industry, our applications provide the critical foundation for an integrated, intelligent grid to deliver energy more efficiently and reliably for a greener environment. www.bplglobal.net
The Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC) is a newly formed industry group, representing the entire energy value chain and cutting across all segments of the electricity industry. The SEDC is unique in being the only European-wide coalition dedicated to promoting the requirements of Demand Side Programs. The aims of this support are to further the development of the Smart Grid and ensure improved end-consumer benefits. http://sedc-coalition.eu
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