Cooperative Power Management Program

Posted on Apr 10 2024 in Daviess-Martin County REMC
Pictured left to right: John Heffernan, Mike Hosford, Shannon Dalton, Daniel Bertles, Erica Worland, Dennis Wilson, and Ryan Grammer

Grain Processing Corporation (GPC), part of the KENT® Corporation family of companies, is joining the Cooperative Power Management Program as a Load Modifying Resource (LMR). This new program, established by Hoosier Energy and its member cooperatives, including Daviess-Martin County REMC, aims to reduce electrical energy demand during grid emergencies.

In the case of a grid emergency, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) deploys LMRs as a last measure before firm load shedding. Under the program, participants will reduce their load to a predetermined level through load reduction, load shifting, or on-site generation.

To qualify, an LMR must reduce electrical load demand for four consecutive hours when called upon by MISO. Member consumers enrolled in the program receive incentives based on available load reduction during MISO peak periods, and this must be verified with historical data.

GPC is the largest Daviess-Martin County REMC member. GPC’s primary products include high-purity alcohols, corn starches, maltodextrins, and corn syrup solids. GPC sells to customers that use GPC ingredients for beverage alcohol, food products, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, personal care, and industrial starch applications. By joining the Cooperative Power Management Program, GPC is helping ensure the reliability of the electric grid and supporting the local communities in which it operates. These efforts contribute to a more stable power grid, mitigating the risk of rolling blackouts.