The Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG) on December 15 announced the addition of six new members. The new members are Intel, Ingersoll Rand, Siemens, Schneider Electric, UISOL and Constellation NewEnergy.

DRSG is the trade association for companies that provide products and services in the areas of demand response and smart grid technologies and practices. DRSG works to educate and provide information to policymakers, utilities, consumers and other key stakeholders to support efforts aimed at modernizing the electricity system and introducing smart grid practices like demand response.

"DRSG is excited to welcome these new members," said Dan Delurey, president of DRSG. "With today's announcement, DRSG becomes even better positioned to be the voice of the smart grid industry."

Delurey added, "The question is no longer whether to do demand response and implement a smart grid. It is now a question of making it happen. The companies joining today, as well as the other DRSG members, are all active players in making the smart grid a reality – not in the future, but today."

Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices.

Ingersoll Rand is a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments in commercial, residential and industrial markets. Its people and its family of brands – including Club Car, Hussmann, Ingersoll Rand, Schlage, Thermo King and Trane – work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Ingersoll Rand is a $13 billion global business committed to sustainable business practices within the company and with its customers.

Siemens AG is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors, and is the world's leading supplier of a complete spectrum of products, services and solutions for the generation, transmission and distribution of power. By understanding the complete energy conversion chain, Siemens is able to transform today's grid into a living infrastructure that is smart enough to respond quickly, flexibly and comprehensively to society's energy needs. Siemens incorporates solutions for commercial and industrial applications as well as smart homes, including building automation, IT systems integration, advanced lighting technology and energy efficient appliances for a comprehensive Smart Grid solution. In the US, Siemens employs more than 60,000 people throughout all 50 states.

Schneider Electric is a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries. It offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 100,000-plus employees achieved sales of more than $22 billion in 2009, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations "Make the most of their energy."

UISOL (Utility Integration Solutions Inc.) is the utility industry systems integration specialist. UISOL offers a range of integration services and software solutions to help its utility clients transform their business performance through the power of integration for demand response, smart grid, advanced metering, meter data management, market operations and more. UISOL's award winning DRBizNet is the leading software platform for demand response management and the integration of distributed energy resources in the utility industry.

Constellation NewEnergy is a leading competitive supplier of electricity, natural gas and energy-related services to commercial, industrial and institutional customers throughout the United States. A subsidiary of Constellation Energy, Constellation NewEnergy operates in all competitive energy markets throughout the US, providing products that enable customers to effectively manage and control energy costs.

About DRSG
The Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG) is the trade association for companies that provide products and services in the areas of demand response and smart grid. DRSG works to educate and provide information to policymakers, utilities, the media, the financial community and stakeholders on how demand response and smart grid technologies can help modernize our electricity system and provide customers with new information and options for managing their electricity use. Members of the DRSG Coalition include: Aclara; Ambient; Boeing; Bridge Energy Group; CABA; CALMAC; Cisco; Comverge; Conservation Services Group; Constellation NewEnergy; Control4; Cooper Power Systems; Corporate Systems Engineering; Echelon; Eka Systems; Electrolux; eMeter; Energy Curtailment Specialists; EnergyConnect; EnerNOC; Enfora; EnOcean Alliance; Enspiria Solutions; GE; Google; Grid Net; Gridway Energy; HomeGrid Forum; Honeywell; Ice Energy; Ingersoll Rand; Intel; Itron; Johnson Controls; Landis+Gyr; LG Electronics; Lockheed Martin; Lutron Electronics; Oracle; PCN Technology; Schneider Electric; Sensus; Siemens; Silver Spring Networks; SmartSynch; Steffes; Tendril; Trilliant Networks; Tropos Networks; Universal Powerline Association; U-SNAP; Whirlpool; and ZigBee Alliance. More information is available at www.drsgcoalition.org.