Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc. (GSEC) Smart Grid Project deploys advance metering and distribution automation to 10 of its 16 member distribution cooperatives (co-ops). Each member co-op designed and planned their projects to address specific challenges and achieve benefits. In general, the projects aim to reduce customer electricity costs, peak demand, and operations costs while improving distribution reliability. The project deploys about 81,785 smart meters in total and advanced communication networks to: (1) allow select customers to view their electricity usage through a Web portal and/or in home display, (2) allow participating co-ops to manage, measure, and verify targeted reductions during peak periods, and (3) reduce operations and maintenance costs by automating meter reading and service tasks.
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