CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC

Smart Grid Project

Abstract

As a result of the $200 million Smart Grid Investment Grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric’s (CEHE’s) Smart Grid Project accelerated the deployment of a territory-wide advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system for more than 2 million endpoints. The communications infrastructure facilitates the transfer of meter data to CEHE’s data collection engine and, ultimately, to customers through the Smart Meter Texas (SMT) web portal. The grant also provided the impetus for the initial deployment of CEHE’s Intelligent Grid (IG) program. The IG deployment consisted of an advanced distribution management system (ADMS) as well as substation and distribution system upgrades across approximately 13% of CEHE’s service territory, encompassing a portion of the Texas Medical Center (the world’s largest medical center), Houston’s key business districts, the Port of Houston, petrochemical infrastructure facilities that are vital to the nation’s fuel supply, and high reliability impact areas along the northern portion of the service territory. 

Contact Information

Julienne P. Sugarek
Process Project Manager
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC.
Julienne.sugarek@centerpointenergy.com

Recipient Team Project Web Site:
http://www.centerpointelectric.com/cehe/smartmeters/

At-A-Glance
Recipient: CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC (Smart Grid Project)
HQ State: Texas
NERC Region: TRE
Total Budget: $639,187,435
Federal Share: $200,000,000
 
Funding Program:
Project Type:
 
Equipment:
Targeted Benefits:
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures, Distribution Line Losses, and Theft
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Pollutant Emissions
  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Frequency and Duration of Outages