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Kansas City Power and Light

Green Impact Zone SmartGrid Demonstration


Kansas City Power & Light and its partners is demonstrating an end-to-end SmartGrid —built around a major SmartSubstation with a local distributed control system based on IEC 61850 protocols and control processors—that includes advanced generation, distribution, and customer technologies. Co-located renewable energy sources, such as solar and other parallel generation, will be placed in the demonstration area and will feed into the energy grid. The demonstration area consists of ten circuits served by one substation across two square miles with 14,000 commercial and residential customers. Part of the demonstration area contains the Green Impact Zone, 150 inner-city blocks that suffers from high levels of unemployment, poverty, and crime. Efforts in the Green Impact Zone will focus on training residents to implement weatherization and energy efficiency programs to reduce utility bills, conserve energy, and create jobs. KCP&L’s SmartGrid program will provide area businesses and residents with enhanced reliability and efficiency through real-time information about electricity supply and demand. It will enable customers to manage their electricity use and save money.

Contact Information

David Szucs
Project Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
626 Cochrans Mill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236-1940

Edward Hedges
Principal Investigator
Kansas City Power & Light
P.O. Box 418679
1201 Walnut
Kansas City, MO 64106-2124816-556-2389

Recipient: Kansas City Power and Light (Green Impact Zone SmartGrid Demonstration)
HQ State: Missouri
NERC Region:
Total Budget: $49,830,280
Federal Share: $23,940,112
Funding Program:
Project Type:
Targeted Benefits:
  • Energy efficiency improved
  • Energy costs reduced
  • Power reliability increased
  • Greenhouse gases reduced
  • Energy security strengthened