Detroit Edison’s (DTE) SmartCurrents project includes deployment of distribution automation assets, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), and various customer systems. Distribution automation includes 55 circuits and 11 substations upgraded with automated switches and monitors a voltage ampere reactive (VAR) control. AMI includes 600,000 smart meters with customer systems including in-home displays, smart appliances, and programmable communicating thermostats (PCTs). A time-based rate program pilot will assess demand response and customer acceptance. Overall, the project improves distribution system reliability, operational efficiency, and power quality, and assists customers to make more informed decisions about electricity usage to control costs and bills.
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