The Knoxville Smart Grid Community project includes the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) infrastructure and distribution automation assets. The project aims to reduce costs for operations, maintenance, and electricity through reduced meter reading expenses, faster outage detection, and improved peak load management. It is also aimed at increasing distribution system efficiency, reliability, and power quality. Better power quality and reactive power management are being addressed with fault current indicators and volt ampere reactive (VAR) control at substations. Furthermore, the Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) is collaborating with The University of Tennessee to analyze the metering and distribution data.
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