OATI Awarded East River Electric Power Cooperative DERMS Contract


 OATI webSmartEnergy DERMS will optimize load management for Co-op Members

Posted December 27, 2022

Minneapolis, MN (December 21, 2022) - Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI) proudly announces that East River Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. (EREPC), a leading generation and transmission utility, has selected OATI's webSmartEnergy® solution to optimize demand management, reduce costs and improve grid reliability and resiliency for its members. The ten-year contract award will see OATI's webSmartEnergy® DERMS provide a future-ready platform to support East River’s members today, and the ability to optimize future Distributed Energy Resource (DER) assets as they proliferate throughout its members’ service territories.

“East River has been a leader in demand side management since the 1980s, and this new partnership with OATI will continue to put East River ahead of the curve in helping our members save on wholesale power costs,” said Jeff May, East River’s Chief Information Officer. “Since implementing our legacy load management system in 1984, East River’s members have saved nearly $300 million in wholesale power costs. We’re looking forward to the capabilities this new system will provide to be more predictive and accurate in our demand management and take advantage of new technologies as we move into the future.”

East River serves twenty-four rural electric cooperatives and one municipally-owned electric system in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota. The deployment will be in two stages. Phase I will focus on integrating OATI's webSmartEnergy® DERMS into legacy platforms to send control signals to current devices in the field. During Phase II, East River will expand the DERMS platform to include control of additional DER assets and to provide forecasting through OATI’s webSmartForecast module.

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