Sioux Valley Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Inc.

SVE SmartGrid Program


The Sioux Valley Energy (SVE) Smart Grid Program project involves installation of an advanced metering system and a pilot program across the service territory to assess the effectiveness of time-based rate programs and enabling technologies. The project is aimed at reducing peak electricity demand, overall energy use, and operations and maintenance costs, while increasing distribution system efficiency and reliability. The project implements two-way communications to: (1) allow customers to view their energy consumption at their convenience through a Web portal and other customer systems, (2) allow SVE to manage, measure, and verify targeted demand reductions during peak periods, (3) allow SVE to evaluate the breadth of outages and restore those outages more quickly, often without the necessity of the customer calling to inform SVE of the outage, (4) perform near-real-time engineering analysis of the electric distribution system to allow for the most prudent use of capital dollars for system improvements, and (5) facilitate the installation of customer-owned distributed generation, typically renewable energy, without any additional metering costs to the customer.

Contact Information

Ted Smith
Director of Engineering and Operations
Sioux Valley Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Recipient: Sioux Valley Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SVE SmartGrid Program)
HQ State: South Dakota
NERC Region: MRO
Total Budget: $8,032,736
Federal Share: $4,016,368
Funding Program:
Project Type:
Targeted Benefits:
  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Increased Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures, Distribution Line Losses, and Theft
  • Deferred Investment in Generation Capacity Expansion
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions