Norcross, Ga., November 9, 2011 — The city of Norcross, Electric Cities of Georgia and GE Energy are working together to deploy advanced technologies to modernize the city's electric grid.
As a part of GE's Grid IQ: Solutions as a Service offering, these technologies will enable the city to expand its current capabilities to deliver an array of energy services to more efficiently meet residents' growing energy needs.
Community-owned utilities are faced with the same energy challenges as the rest of the world — increasing energy demand, environmental concerns, rising costs and an aging infrastructure. GE's Grid IQ: Solutions as a Service offering is an integrated grid modernization solution specifically designed for small to mid-market utilities.
It offers these utilities the opportunity to deploy smarter grid technologies that traditionally have only been cost-effective to larger investor-owned utilities. It also enables them to accelerate deployment with immediate benefits and deliver advanced capabilities while reducing and/or avoiding upfront costs.
A key partner in this effort is ECG, which provides strategic services to community-owned utility systems to contribute to the economic growth of Georgia communities and continually evaluates solutions for participant utilities' needs.
ECG chose the GE solution as the best fit not only for Norcross, but also in anticipation of the future needs of other municipal utilities. With this new technology offering, Norcross and other ECG participants now will have access to advanced energy management tools and hardware that will allow them to enhance their reliable and cost-efficient energy services.
The city will begin deploying the first phase of technology during the spring of 2012, with consumers beginning to experience the benefits later in 2012.