In addition to installing the home area network equipment, KEMA will work with customers on equipment use and benefits.

KEMA said it will also provide smart grid consulting expertise and oversee the installation.

NorthWestern Energy will specifically test distributed automation (DA) and conservation voltage reduction (CVR) technologies, as well as energy savings associated with demand response and load control.

The company will deploy Tendril Network’s Tendril Connect, a standards-based software-as-a-service technology solution.

The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project is a $178m program funded by the US Department of Energy to test and measure new technologies, such as DA and CVR, as well as analytical tools for the smart grid.

KEMA is a provider of business and technical consulting, testing and certification for the energy industry.