Westar Energy

SmartStar Lawrence Project

Abstract

Westar Energy, Inc.’s (Westar’s) SmartStar Lawrence project deployed an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system, integrated communications infrastructure, a meter data management system (MDMS), a customer web portal, and distribution automation (DA) equipment on 15 circuits in Lawrence, Kansas. A few neighborhoods in Wichita, Kansas, received smart meters and access to the online energy dashboard as well.  

Contact Information

Michelle Delka
Director, Smart Grid Business Solutions
Westar Energy, Inc.
michelle.delka@westarenergy.com

Recipient Team Project Website: www.westarenergy.com/smartstar

At-A-Glance
Recipient: Westar Energy (SmartStar Lawrence Project)
HQ State: Kansas
NERC Region: SPP
Total Budget: $39,290,749
Federal Share: $19,041,565
 
Funding Program:
Project Type:
 
Equipment:
Targeted Benefits:
  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • 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, and Theft
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions