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Avista Utilities

Spokane Smart Circuit


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 operator’s distribution management software platform.

Contact Information

Josh DiLuciano
Electrical Engineer
Smart Grid Project Manager
Avista Utilities

Recipient: Avista Utilities
HQ State: Washington
Total Budget: $40,048,996
Federal Share: $20,000,000
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Targeted Benefits:
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures and Distribution Line Losses
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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