Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

Smart Grid Initiative

Abstract

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) Smart Grid Initiative project involves deploying smart meters, distribution system infrastructure and a communications network to support the new smart grid assets. The project is focused on the portion of REC’s service territory recently acquired from Allegheny Power. As part of this project, REC is deploying smart meters throughout its service territory. Full coverage allows REC to introduce and test advanced pricing programs and a pre-pay program. The project includes a meter data management system (MDMS) to assist in managing all the increased data available from the smart meters. The project also deploys distribution automation equipment including supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and automated controls on distribution voltage regulators to improve power quality, reduce line losses, and reduce operations and maintenance costs through monitoring and control of distribution voltage.

Contact Information

Shawn McDonough
Project Coordinator
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
smcdonough@myrec.coop

At-A-Glance
Recipient: Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (Smart Grid Initiative)
HQ State: Virginia
NERC Region: SERC
Total Budget: $31,388,194
Federal Share: $15,694,097
 
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Equipment:
Targeted Benefits:
  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Increased Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures, Line Losses, and Theft
  • Reduce Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions