Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative grows to 50 members

Five new members of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative put the nonprofit over its goal of fifty members in its first year

Atlanta, January 17, 2011 — Five new members of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative put the nonprofit over its goal of fifty members in its first year.

The group, which last week announced its first permanent executive director in Patty Durand, continues to gain momentum with these new members:

* San Diego Gas & Electric is one of the nation’s largest public electric utilities.

* The Alliance to Save Energy, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Green DMV, and the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance are environmental and consumer advocacy groups.

* Vertex Business Services is a business process outsourcing and IT services company that promotes improved customer experience.

“The SGCC was formed to foster mutual understanding between industry and consumers regarding the creation of a next-generation energy infrastructure,” said SGCC Interim Director Jesse Berst. “We’ve grown rapidly by welcoming utilities, vendors, and consumer groups to listen, educate, and collaborate through research and forums for sharing best practices.”

Founded in February 2010, the SGCC’s growth highlights a new trend toward collaborative efforts to build a modern smart grid that serves the needs of all stakeholders. SGCC charter members include General Electric, IBM and the GridWise Alliance.

SGCC’s newest members are:

The Alliance to Save Energy is a nonprofit coalition of prominent business, government, environmental and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of energy worldwide to benefit the environment, the economy and national security.

Green DMV is a nonprofit promoting clean energy and green jobs in low-income communities across America as a pathway out of poverty. Their initial focus is on the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to help influence policy change in the region that will spur sustainable green job growth and equitable environmental policies.

Natural Resources Defense Council is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, its lawyers, scientists, and environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and environment.

San Diego Gas & Electric is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 845,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility’s area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is a unit of Sempra Energy, a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.

Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance promotes energy efficiency for a cleaner environment, a more prosperous economy, and a higher quality of life in the Southeastern region of the United States.

Based in Atlanta, and working in eleven states, SEEA brings together businesses, utilities, governments, public utility commissions, energy service companies, manufacturers, retailers, energy and environmental organizations, low-income energy advocates, large energy consumers, and universities to promote energy-efficient policies and practices.

Vertex is a leader in business process outsourcing, customer management outsourcing and IT Services, serving more than 200 clients worldwide across many sectors. Vertex provides value-based solutions that deliver exceptional customer experience — and do so cost effectively.

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