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Recovery Act Funds at Work

Funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) are being put to work to improve safety, reliability, and service in systems across the country.

  • Central Maine Power is producing innovations in customer services, improvements in business operations, and lessons‐learned that will be used for guiding future smart grid projects.
  • Idaho Power Company is accelerating development of renewable energy integration, improving access to clean power resources, and overhauling their customer information and communications systems.
  • Oklahoma Gas and Electric has completed the 2-year pilot of a time-based rate program to reduce peak demand, which resulted in an average bill reduction of $150/customer over the summer periods.
  • Powder River Energy Corporation is meeting the challenges of terrain and weather by building a microwave communications network to ensure higher reliability and increased service efficiency in WY and MT.
  • Detroit-based DTE Energy’s smart grid technology is decreasing service restoration time, reducing operational costs, and improving system security.
  • Minnesota Power is applying lessons learned from Recovery Act-funded upgrades to improve reliability and service system-wide while accelerating technology distribution and software integration.
  • Florida Power & Light has accelerated and expanded grid modernization, diagnostic systems, service reliability, and customer education.
  • Sioux Valley Energy is deploying smart meters to its South Dakota and Minnesota customers along with associated communications and data management systems for automating various metering services, offering time-based rates, and providing information on hourly electricity consumption and costs.
  • In Florida, Talquin Electric is saving customers money, improving power delivery, and shortening restoration times while accelerating grid modernization plans by 5 years.
  • California's Glendale Water and Power is integrating thermal energy storage and electric vehicle charging stations while reducing customers’ power use and costs.
  • CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric is deploying smart metering technology and distribution automation equipment to make its operations run more efficiently, lower costs and environmental emissions, and provide better management tools to consumers.
  • Pennsylvania's PPL Electric Utilities Corporation is installing a distribution management system with automation devices and supporting communication systems in a pilot program in the Harrisburg area.
  • Orange and Rockland Utilities is adding hardware and communications to create a small smart grid system to optimize the economic performance of the distribution circuits for 10,000 customers in New Jersey.
  • M2M Communications has developed a two-way, web-to-wireless controller for irrigation pumps for an agricultural demand response program in California, part of an irrigation load control system that includes sensors, smart meters, and other monitoring equipment.
  • Vermont utilities are participating in the statewide program eEnergy Vermont to install smart meters, SCADA systems, distribution automation equipment, and more.
  • The Tri-State Electric Membership Cooperative has installed 15,000 smart meters and supporting infrastructure to improve services, reduce energy costs, and empower customers to better manage electricity usage.
  • Workforce training programs are transforming the electric grid by preparing the next generation of workers in the utility and electrical industries.
  • In Illinois, the City of Naperville's smart grid modernization efforts are encouraging consumers to take on a bigger role in managing power consumption through the use of smart meters.
  • In rural Arkansas Woodruff Electric Cooperative has installed 14,450 smart meters and supporting communication infrastructure.
  • The Western Electricity Coordinating Council is modernizing the transmission system in the Western Interconnection to increase reliability and system performance, and enable greater use of renewables such as solar, hydro, and wind.
  • In the heart of “Tornado Alley,” Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company is pursuing demand response strategies to lower peak demand and improve efficiencies on the distribution system.
  • The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is studying the impact of smart grid technologies that will reach more than 700,000 consumers in 12 states.
  • The North American Synchrophasor Initiative (NASPI) is working to prevent another major blackout in North America by installing synchrophasors that will provide real-time situational awareness of electric grid conditions.
  • The Electric Power Board in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is making its distribution system more robust to provide continued reliable electric service and respond more effectively to severe weather events.
  • In New York City, Con Edison is upgrading its distribution system to reduce the frequency and duration of outages and improve power quality.