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Detroit Edison’s (DTE’s) SmartCurrentsSM project involved deployment of distribution automation (DA) assets on 55 circuits, an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system to support 725,000 meters, a meter data management system (MDMS), a distribution management system (DMS), and various customer systems, including a new web portal, in-home displays, and programmable communicating thermostats. The DA component included implementation of automated switches and monitors for improved volt/VAR control at 11 substations. DTE also piloted a time-based rate program to assess demand response potential and customer acceptance. The project improved distribution system reliability, operational efficiency, and power quality. DTE also enabled customers to make more informed decisions about electricity usage to control costs.

Contact Information

James A. Hull
Manager – Special ProjectsDetroit Edison Company
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Recipient: Detroit Edison Company
HQ State: Michigan
NERC Region: RFC
Total Budget: $174,503,542
Federal Share: $83,828,878
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Targeted Benefits:
  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage

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