Minnesota Power

Smart Grid Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project

Abstract

Minnesota Power’s Smart Grid Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project deployed 8,030 smart meters, two-way communication network infrastructure, and a new web portal to help customers better understand and manage their energy usage. It also implemented 1,571 direct load control (DLC) devices and piloted distribution automation (DA) equipment on one circuit. Minnesota Power leveraged the new AMI system to conduct a rigorous consumer behavior study to measure and validate demand responses to a time-based rate and education program.

Contact Information

Dan Gunderson
SGIG Project Manager
Minnesota Power
dwgunderson@mnpower.com

At-A-Glance
Recipient: Minnesota Power (Smart Grid Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project)
HQ State: Minnesota
NERC Region: MRO
Total Budget: $3,088,008
Federal Share: $1,544,004
 
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Equipment:
Targeted Benefits:
  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability 
  • Reduced Costs from Theft