Powder River Energy Corporation, located in Sundance, Wyoming, has been awarded $2.5 million in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Powder River Energy as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Starting in 2010, the stimulus funds are being used to develop a new, secure communications and data network throughout the company's service territory, providing additional monitoring and control of critical grid substations and allowing for the broader integration of distributed generation resources.
, Substation Automation Equipment for 30 out of 53 Substations
, SCADA Communications Network
, Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
, Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
, Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
, Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions