CMP, GMRI Honored for Smart Grid Education Initiative

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June 25, 2015



CMP, GMRI Honored for Smart Grid Education Initiative


PowerHouse program uses smart meter data to engage students and their families in energy management


AUGUSTA, Maine  Central Maine Power Co. (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) are among this year's recipients of 2015 Smart Grid Customer Education Awards. SmartEnergy IP presented the awards earlier this month at the 2015 Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium in Chicago to utilities and partner organizations that have demonstrated leadership through their dedication to customer education in their Smart Grid deployments.

CMP and GMRI designed the PowerHouse education initiative, which combines smart meter technology with math and science learning to help students and their families examine and manage their home electricity use.  Students investigate and use evidence-based reasoning about electricity consumption to develop energy management solutions.  SmartEnergy IP honored CMP and GMRI for their creative approach to consumer education, which inspires students and their families to be advocates of energy education and management.


CMP has a long tradition of supporting educational programs that focus on math, science, and technology, so working with GMRI is a natural fit, said Sara Burns, president and CEO of Central Maine Power Company. This partnership has created a program that helps customers to maximize the benefits of our smart meter technology, and we are proud to be a part of it.


"It is my pleasure to recognize CMP and GMRI for their innovation in Smart Grid customer education and dedication to improving the important relationship between the customer and the utility, said Juliet Shavit, Founder and CEO of SmartEnergy IP. Smart Grid customer education is about more than just lowering a bill. It is about customers having an informed and rewarding energy lifestyle, and these organizations have successfully demonstrated their commitment to achieving this ultimate goal."


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About Central Maine Power Company (CMP): Central Maine Power Company, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine's largest electricity transmission and distribution utility. The company delivers about 9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually to more than 600,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine's annual consumer sales of electricity. J.D. Power and Associates has ranked the company #1 in customer satisfaction seven times. For more information, visit

About Iberdrola USA: Iberdrola USA is the U.S. subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A. The Iberdrola USA companies employ about 5,000 people with operations in 24 states from New England to the West Coast, providing electricity generation, transmission and distribution, natural gas storage and distribution, and energy services. For more information, please visit our website: Follow us on Twitter: @IberdrolaUSA  

About The Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium: The Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium is the longest running, most influential gathering of utility industry professionals that meet annually to discuss best practices in smart grid customer education. Whether you are a utility looking to roll out advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) or are considering dynamic pricing or time-of-use programs, this event is for you. Both marketing and technology professionals will gain from the experience of listening to industry best practices and candid stories around