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South Mississippi Electric Power Association (Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Associated Smart Grid Investments for Rural Mississippi)
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Lead Organization:
South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA)
HQ Location:
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Project Contact Information:
Name:
 Roger Smith
Email:
 rsmith@smepa.coop
Address:

7037 US HWY 49
Hattiesburg, MS 39402

 
Project Summary:

South Mississippi Electric Power Association’s (SMEPA) smart grid project involves the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and covers the Generation & Transmission (G&T) Cooperative and five of its member distribution cooperatives: Coast Electric Power Association, Magnolia Electric Power Association, Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association, Southern Pine Electric Power Association, and Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association. AMI enables two-way communication between SMEPA and its member cooperatives’ substation meters and between the member cooperatives and their customers’ meters for more detailed electric usage information as well as improved outage detection. Automated meter reading enables the SMEPA collaborative to improve operational efficiencies and reduce costs. Additionally, three of the member cooperatives (Magnolia, Southwest, and Pearl River Valley) are implementing supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems to enable improved reliability through increased visibility of distribution substations and circuits.

Equipment:

- 225,779 Smart Meters
- AMI Communication Systems
--- Meter Communications Network
--- Backhaul Communications
- Meter Data Management System
- Substation Automation Equipment for 20 out of 135 Substations
--- SCADA Communications Network

Targeted Benefits:

- Reduced Meter Reading Costs
- Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
- Reduced Costs from Distribution Line Losses and Theft
- Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
- Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
- Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions

 
Additional Information:

For more information about the project, please refer to:
- http://www.smartgrid.gov/project/south_mississippi_electric_power_associ...

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