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New Forecasting Tools Enhance Wind Energy Integration in Idaho and Oregon Sep. 2014        
 

 
     
Automated Demand Response Benefits California Utilities and Commercial/Industrial Customers Sep. 2014
 
               
Integrated Smart Grid Provides Wide Range of Benefits in Ohio and the Carolinas Sep. 2014  
 

 
           
Using Smart Grid Technologies to Modernize Distribution Infrastructure in New York Aug. 2014    
 
       
 
 
Control Center and Data Management Improvements Modernize Bulk Power Operations in Georgia Aug. 2014        
 
       
Oncor's Pioneering Transmission Dynamic Line Rating Demonstration Lays Foundation for Follow-On Deployments May 2014        
 
       
Smart Meter Investments Benefit Rural Customers in Three Southern States Mar. 2014
 

 
       
 
   
Smart Meter Investments Yield Positive Results in Maine Jan. 2014
 

 

 

 
   
 
   
Demand Response Defers Investment in New Power Plants in Oklahoma Apr. 2013
 
               
Smart Grid Solutions Strengthen Electric Reliability and Customer Services in Florida Jul. 2012
 
 
 

 
   
 

 
 
Critical Peak Pricing Lowers Peak Demands and Electric Bills in South Dakota and Minnesota Jun. 2012
 
               
Transforming Electricity Delivery in Florida Apr. 2012  
 
 
 
     
 
 
CenterPoint Energy's Smart Grid Solutions Improve Operating Efficiency and Customer Participation Mar. 2012
 

 

 
           
Glendale, California Municipal Invests in Smart Grid to Enhance Customer Services and Improve Operational Efficiencies Mar. 2012
 
 
 
   
 

 
 
 
Pacific Northwest - Battelle Smart Grid Demonstration Project 2012 Annual Report Jan. 2012
 
       
 

 
   
A "Model-Centric" Approach to Smarter Electric Distribution Systems Jan. 2012    
 
     
 
   
Building a Smarter Distribution System in Pennsylvania Jan. 2012    
 

 
   
 
 
 
Vermont Pursues a Statewide Smart Grid Strategy Dec. 2011
 
 
 
         
 
Agricultural Demand Response Program in California Helps Farmers Reduce Peak Electricity Usage, Operate More Efficiently Year–Round Dec. 2011
 
               
Workforce Training Case Study Oct. 2011                
 
At the Forefront of the Smart Grid: Empowering Consumers in Naperville, Illinois Oct. 2011
 
 
 
   
 
     
Smarter Meters Help Customers Budget Electric Service Costs Oct. 2011                  
Synchrophasor Technologies for a Better Grid Aug. 2011
 

 
   
 
       
Smart Meter Investments Support Rural Economy in Arkansas Aug. 2011
 

 
             
Bright Lights, Big City: A Smarter Grid in New York Jun. 2011    
 

 
     
 
 
A Smarter Electric Circuit: Electric Power Board of Chattanooga Makes the Switch Jun. 2011    
 
           
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association - Helping America's Electric Cooperatives Build a Smarter Grid to Streamline Operations and Improve Service Jun. 2011            
 
   
Reducing Peak Demand to Defer Power Plant Construction in Oklahoma Jun. 2011
 
               
A Smart Grid Strategy for Assuring Reliability of the Western Grid Jun. 2011        
 
       

Featured case studies are short summaries that focus on either unique or significant aspects of select projects. Additional case studies can be found by clicking the button below.


Integrated Smart Grid Provides Wide Range of Benefits in Ohio and the Carolinas

By deploying smart grid technologies and integrating them with upgraded back-end information management systems, Duke has improved operational efficiencies, optimized voltage, automated "self-healing" disruption response, and expanded smart grid technologies to other service territories using lessons learned.

New Forecasting Tools Enhance Wind Energy Integration in Idaho and Oregon

Idaho Power Company (IPC) developed a Renewables Integration Tool (RIT) that enables grid operators to use wind energy more cost-effectively to serve electricity customers in Idaho and Oregon.

Automated Demand Response Benefits California Utilities and Commercial/Industrial Customers

Honeywell’s Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) project demonstrates utility-scale performance of a hardware/software platform for automated demand response (ADR). This project stands apart from the other SGIG projects in that it focused both on the development of an ADR hardware/software platform to facilitate demand response and on recruiting and educating ADR customers to participate in energy saving programs sponsored by utilities.

Using Smart Grid Technologies to Modernize Distribution Infrastructure in New York

Consolidated Edison’s (Con Edison) Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) project focuses on the modernization of electric distribution systems, including subprojects on overhead and underground distribution switches, expansion of network transformer remote monitoring equipment, underground distribution loops, selected network sectionalizing, automated switching, advanced supervisory controls and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, sensing and measurement technologies, dynamic modeling, and automated controls for voltage and reactive power management.

Control Center and Data Management Improvements Modernize Bulk Power Operations in Georgia

Georgia System Operations Corporation’s (GSOC) Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) project modernized bulk power management and control center operations for 38 electric membership corporations (EMCs) in Georgia. The EMCs serve mostly rural and suburban customers and their service territories cover about 70% of the state.

Oncor's Pioneering Transmission Dynamic Line Rating Demonstration Lays Foundation for Follow-On Deployments

Oncor Electric Delivery Company (Oncor) successfully demonstrated a fully integrated dynamic line rating (DLR) system in its project funded under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Smart Grid Demonstration Program (SGDP).

Smart Meter Investments Benefit Rural Customers in Three Southern States

Tri-State Electric Membership Corporation’s (Tri-State) Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) project has produced benefits for the small, member-owned cooperative and its customers in several ways.

Smart Meter Investments Yield Positive Results in Maine

Central Maine Power’s (CMP) SGIG project has produced innovations in customer services, improvements in business operations, and lessons–learned that will be used for guiding future smart grid projects.

Demand Response Defers Investment in New Power Plants in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OG&E) has successfully tested over a two-year period a new time-based rate, which provided about 4,670 participating customers with prices that varied daily in order to induce a change in their patterns of electricity consumption and a reduction in peak demand.

Smart Grid Solutions Strengthen Electric Reliability and Customer Services in Florida

The DOE grant enabled FPL to accelerate its plans and undertake additional grid modernization improvements for the entire electric delivery system, including transmission, distribution and metering. The total budget of $800 million includes $200 million in DOE funds.

Critical Peak Pricing Lowers Peak Demands and Electric Bills in South Dakota and Minnesota

Sioux Valley Energy (SVE) is an electric cooperative serving approximately 21,000 customers in seven counties in South Dakota and Minnesota. SVE's Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project is a customer-focused initiative to assist customers with better managing their electricity consumption and associated costs, and to help SVE realize operational efficiencies and ultimately lower power supply costs.

Smart Grid Savings and Grid Integration of Renewables in Idaho

Idaho Power Company (IPC) serves over 495,000 customers in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. With the DOE funds, IPC modernized the communications system for its direct load control program, by piggy-backing it onto the communications system installed to serve the new AMI investments.

OG&E Uses Time-Based Rate Program to Reduce Peak Demand

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OG&E) successfully tested a new time-based rate that provided participants with varied prices in order to induce a change in their patterns of electricity consumption. As a result, OG&E is rolling out the rate to about 20% of their customers (120,000) by 2016.

Providing Grid Flexibility in Wyoming and Montana

Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) serves approximately 11,900 customers in a 16,200 square-mile area of rural Wyoming and Montana with weather conditions. PRECorp implemented grid modernization to increase service efficiency for its customers, laying the foundation for future AMI efforts.

Michigan Utility Modernizes Electricity Delivery and Provides Improved Service to Customers

An SGIG grant helped Detroit-based DTE Energy significantly increased the scope of its smart grid technology deployment. Operational efficiencies and savings from 725,000 smart meters and numerous distribution automation technologies prevented passing on any installation costs to customers.

SGIG Accelerates Grid Modernization in Minnesota

Minnesota Power (MP) serves approximately 144,000 customers and manages almost 9,000 miles of power lines and over 160 substations. MP's strategy focuses on small-scale smart grid investments to first test the efficacy of technologies then scale-up when cost-effective solutions are verified.

Critical Peak Pricing Lowers Peak Demands and Electric Bills in South Dakota and Minnesota

Sioux Valley Energy (SVE) serves approximately 21,000 customers in seven counties in South Dakota and Minnesota. SVE's Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project deploys smart meters to its customers along with communications to better help their customers use the devices at optimal levels.

Transforming Electricity Delivery in Florida

Talquin Electric Cooperative's territory covers about 2,600 square miles. Their Smart Grid Program installed advanced metering infrastructure to approximately 56,000 customers and upgraded 46 of 86 circuits with advanced capacitors and switches for voltage control.

Glendale, California Municipal Invests in Smart Grid to Enhance Customer Services and Improve Operational Efficiencies

Glendale Water and Power completed its smart meter installation and began implementing new offerings to improve operational efficiencies and help customers save energy and manage their electric bills. The municipal utility replaced all 85,000 electric meters in Glendale well ahead of schedule.

CenterPoint Energy's Smart Grid Solutions Improve Operating Efficiency and Customer Participation

CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric deployed smart metering technology and distribution automation equipment to make operations run more efficiently, lower costs and environmental emissions, and provide the opportunity for consumers to better manage their electricity use and bills.

Building a Smarter Distribution System in Pennsylvania

PPL Electric Utilities Corporation (PPL) provides electricity to 1.4 million customers across central and eastern Pennsylvania. PPL is installing a distribution management system, distribution automation devices, and supporting communication systems in a pilot program in the Harrisburg area.

A "Model-Centric" Approach to Smarter Electric Distribution Systems

Orange and Rockland Utilities is located in suburban New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, west of New York City. They expect to lower frequency and duration of outages, defer capital expenditures, lower electricity costs, and lower electricity consumption and environmental emissions.

Vermont Pursues a Statewide Smart Grid Strategy

Vermont utilities are participating in eEnergy Vermont, which is part of a broad "eState Initiative" that includes the electricity, telecommunications and health care sectors. Utilities are installing smart meters, communication systems, SCADA systems, and >distribution automation equipment.

Agricultural Demand Response Program in California Helps Farmers Reduce Peak Electricity Usage, Operate More Efficiently Year-Round

The development of a two-way, web-to-wireless controller for irrigation pumps is the foundation for an agricultural demand response program in California. M2M Communications designed the irrigation pump controller and accompanying system for its Peak Energy Agriculture Rewards program.

At the Forefront of the Smart Grid: Empowering Consumers in Naperville, Illinois

With community interest and know-how, the City of Naperville, Illinois, a municipal electric utility, began investing in distribution automation systems for more than a decade. These investments include automating the city's entire electric distribution grid and deploying smart meters city-wide.

Workforce Training for the Electric Power Sector: Transforming the Nation's Electric Grid by Training Skilled Workers

A less prominent but equally vital factor to the smart grid's success is the need for a highly skilled electric power sector workforce. The Workforce Training in the Electric Power Sector Program participant organizations are facilitating development of a trained and skilled workforce.

Smarter Meters Help Customers Budget Electric Service Costs

Tri-State Electric Membership Cooperative is a distribution rural electric cooperative that serves more than 12,000 rural customers, many of whom have low-incomes. Under their smart grid project, newly installed equipment gives customers greater control over their energy use and costs.

Smart Meter Investments Support Rural Economy in Arkansas

Woodruff Electric Cooperative serves customers in seven eastern Arkansas counties. The proportion of residents living in poverty is more than double the national average. All customers with standard single-phase electric service have smart meters, resulting in better, more cost-efficient service.

Synchrophasor Technologies for a Better Grid

Thanks to the Smart Grid Investment Grant, there are ten synchrophasor projects involving 57 utilities and grid operators across the U.S. with about 850 networked PMUs installed in nearly all regions of the country, making the collective projects the single largest synchrophasor effort ever undertaken.

Reducing Peak Demand to Defer Power Plant Construction in Oklahoma

Located in the heart of "Tornado Alley," Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company's electric grid faces significant challenges from severe weather, hot summers, and about 2% annual load growth. The objective is to engage customers in lowering peak demand using smart technologies in homes and businesses.

A Smart Grid Strategy for Assuring Reliability of the Western Grid

The Western Electricity Coordinating Council is responsible for coordinating and promoting bulk electric system reliability across almost 1.8 million square miles. The Western Interconnection Synchrophasor Program is an initiative to modernize operation of the transmission system in the region.

Helping America's Electric Cooperatives Build a Smarter Grid to Streamline Operations and Improve Service

At the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, an Arlington, VA-based organization that provides services to more than 900 not-for-profit electric cooperatives nationwide, work is underway to study the impacts of smart grid technologies that reaches more than 700,000 consumers in 12 states.

Bright Lights, Big City: A Smarter Grid in New York

The Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (ConEdison) serves more than 3.3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County. ConEdison is upgrading its distribution system to reduce the frequency and duration of outages and improve power quality.

A Smarter Electric Circuit: Electric Power Board of Chattanooga Makes the Switch

EPB of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is one of the largest publicly owned providers of electric power in the country. It covers 600 square miles and serves about 170,000 customers. Chattanooga is making its distribution system more robust and improving operations with the use of smart grid technologies.