The City of Wadsworth’s (Wadsworth) Connected Grid project involves system-wide deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and targeted installation of in-home displays, home area networks, programmable communicating thermostats, load control devices, and distribution automation equipment. The smart meters provide two-way communication, allowing customers to view their energy use and Wadsworth to better monitor customer demand. Load control devices and programmable communicating thermostats help Wadsworth manage its peak load and reduce electricity costs for customers. Wadsworth is also upgrading and expanding its distribution automation equipment, including installation of automated reclosers (feeder switches) and capacitor bank controls. This is expected to improve reliability, reduce operations and maintenance costs, and decrease distribution energy losses.
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