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Improving Security in the Growing Smart Energy Corridor

September 2015
U.S. Department of Energy
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Smart Grid Demonstration Program, Long Island Power Authority, LIPA, Smart Energy Corridor, AMI

In New York, the Smart Grid Demonstration Program (SGDP) project of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is improving cybersecurity while expanding the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). Located on Long Island along New York business route 110, the Smart Energy Corridor demonstration project began in February 2010 and runs until February 2015. Partners include the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Farmingdale and the Research Foundation of SUNY at Stony Brook.

LIPA, the country's second-largest utility in terms of revenue, operates from Long Island, NY, and serves 1.1 million customers. It is modernizing its electric distribution systems with a $25.3-million cooperative research agreement including $12.5 million of U.S. Department of Energy funding under its Smart Grid Demonstration Program. With this Recovery Act funding, LIPA is creating a smart energy corridor by demonstrating the integration of AMI technology with other technologies to serve various smart grid applications. Already, LIPA has added 2,550 new smart meters and a customer web portal during the demonstration project. Other AMI additions include six pad mount housing underground switches, 17 automatic sectionalizing units, and 51 two-way capacitor bank controllers.