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Wisconsin Power and Light Company

Smart Grid Distribution Automation


Wisconsin Power and Light Company’s (WPL) smart grid distribution automation project is designed to improve distribution system efficiency and reliability while lowering operations and maintenance costs. WPL is deploying a new centralized energy management system and adding intelligent communication and control modules to approximately 40% of its distribution capacitor banks. The capacitor banks selected for upgrade were determined based on coverage area and load usage. Project benefits include reducing distribution energy losses by improving power factor and reducing distribution operations and maintenance costs. WPL also expects to reduce vehicle fuel consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions by reducing truck rolls through automation.

Contact Information

Steven Schultz
Communications Program Manager
(608) 458-3285

Recipient: Wisconsin Power and Light Company (Smart Grid Distribution Automation)
HQ State: Wisconsin
NERC Region: MRO
Total Budget: $6,377,489
Federal Share: $3,165,704
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Targeted Benefits:
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures and Distribution Line Losses
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage