Cobb EMC picks Oracle for customer service, smart grid improvements

Redwood Shores, Calif., July 20, 2011 — Cobb Electric Membership Corp., a not-for-profit electric membership cooperative, has selected Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management and Oracle Smart Grid Gateway to support its smart grid initiatives.

Cobb EMC will be working with Red Clay, a member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, on the implementation.

As a recipient of federal funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Cobb EMC chose Oracle solutions to help manage the vast quantity of customer energy consumption data that it will gather from a deployment of 196,000 smart electric meters.

The Oracle solutions will help the utility comply with various integration standards including Multispeak, which regulates interfaces of software applications and the exchange of data among software applications, as well as International Electrotechnical Commission Common Information Model, which enables application software to exchange information about the configuration and status of an electrical network.

Cobb EMC plans to use Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management to verify, store, process and format smart meter data, providing every department, application and business process with the metering information it needs. The utility will also use the energy usage data collected through smart meters for time-of-use rate design.

Further, as part of a pilot program, Cobb EMC will leverage Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management and its existing Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing application to connect advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) usage data and 3,800 in-home displays. The pilot program will assist Cobb EMC in understanding what information will best help customers to effectively monitor and manage their energy use.

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