Demonstrate a secure, interoperable and integrated smart grid infrastructure for 110,000 consumers in the state that will maximize distribution system efficiency and reliability and enable consumers to reduce their energy use and save money. The project efforts began in 2010 and will include 13 different technologies from the substation to the customer, including distribution automation and control, smart meters and appliances, home area networks, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, energy and battery storage, and renewable generation sources. These technologies are estimated to improve the reliability and efficiency of the distribution system 30-40%.
American Electric Power’s subsidiary AEP Ohio based in Columbus Ohio is to start its smart meter installations in 2010 . The smart grid program will rely on Silver Spring Network for communication and GE Energy for the program’s software [1, 2]. S&C Electric and Cooper Power Systems is providing the distribution automation equipment for the so-called gridSMART initiative [1, 2, 3].
, 500 jobs created
, Decreased energy costs, improved Smart Grid reliability, reduced energy consumption, lowered peak demand, and significantly reduced carbon emissions
, Lower risk of implementing new technologies into existing electrical networks
, Greater U.S. energy security from reduced oil consumption