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Smart Grid Modernization Initiative


FirstEnergy Services Corporation’s (FirstEnergy’s) Smart Grid Modernization Initiative (SGMI) involved deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution automation (DA), volt/VAR optimization (VVO), time-based rate programs, direct load control (DLC) devices, and customer systems in parts of New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. SGMI’s Ohio footprint covered a 400-square-mile area southeast of Cleveland. Smart meters were piloted in Ohio, and a statistically rigorous study assessed load impacts and customer acceptance of time-based rate programs. DA equipment deployed in New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania included reclosers, capacitor banks and grid sensing devices. VVO equipment, deployed in Ohio and Pennsylvania, included capacitor banks and load tap changer regulator controls. Advanced load control devices were deployed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Contact Information

Timothy M. Richard
SGMI Program Manager
FirstEnergy Services Corp.

Recipient: FirstEnergy (Smart Grid Modernization Initiative)
HQ State: Ohio
NERC Region: RFC
Total Budget: $114,940,274
Federal Share: $57,470,137
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Targeted Benefits:
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures, Distribution Line Losses
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions