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Unitil Smart Grid Pilot Program
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Lead Organization:
Unitil Corporation
HQ Location:
Hampton, New Hampshire
Project Contact Information:

6 Liberty Lane West
Hampton, NH 03842-1720
Tel: 603-772-0775,

Project Summary:

Unitil, a public utility holding company provides electric and natural gas distribution services to approximately 170,000 customers in the states of New Hampshire and Massachusetts and Maine[1, 2]. Unitil is the parent company of three distribution utilities: (i) Unitil Energy Systems, Inc., which provides electric service in the southeastern seacoast and state capital regions of New Hampshire; (ii) Fitchburg Gas and Electric Light Company, which provides both electric and natural gas service in the greater Fitchburg area of north central Massachusetts; and (iii) Northern Utilities, Inc. Together, Unitil’s operating utilities serve approximately 100,300 electric customers and 69,300 natural gas customers [1].

Unitil has submitted the petition for approval of a smart grid pilot program in April 2010 [2]. "Unitil proposes to conduct its smart grid pilot program during June, July and August of 2010 (Exh. Unitil-1, at 11). Unitil’s proposed smart grid pilot program consists of two components: (1) a Demand Reduction program that will evaluate the demand reduction impacts of different combinations of time-of-use rates and enabling technologies; and (2) a Distribution Automation program that will address distribution capacitor bank control, power quality monitoring, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (“SCADA”) system development (id. at 8-12). The Company states that these smart grid pilot program components, in conjunction with the two-way communication capabilities provided by its existing advanced metering infrastructure, satisfy the requirements of the Green Communities Act (id. at 3)".


[1] Unitil webpage, http://www.unitil.com/company
[2] Petition of Fitchburg Gas and Electric Light Company d/b/a Unitil for approval of a smart grid pilot program, April 2010. URL: http://www.env.state.ma.us/dpu/docs/electric/09-31/41210dpu_order.pdf