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Avista Utilities - Spokane Smart Circuit

June 2014
U.S. Department of Energy
Spokane, avista, Smart Circuit, WECC, EDS, Electric Distribution Systems

Avista Utilities (Avista's) Spokane Smart Circuit project upgraded and automated targeted sections of Avista's distribution system. New switches, capacitors, and sensors were installed in substations and on distribution circuits across the project area. This equipment provides automated regulation of power quality, rapid response to grid disturbances, and improvements to grid reliability. A radio and fiber optic communications system integrates real-time data from grid sensors with the grid operators distribution management software platform.