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FirstEnergy Services Corporation (Smart Grid Modernization Initiative)
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Lead Organization:
FirstEnergy Service Corp.
HQ Location:
Akron, Ohio
Project Contact Information:
 Timothy M. Richard

76 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44308-1890

Project Summary:

FirstEnergy Services Corporation’s Smart Grid Modernization Initiative project includes deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution automation assets, time-based rate programs, load control, and customer systems in New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. AMI for residential and commercial customers enables two-way communication and helps customers manage energy use and bills. Distribution automation includes capacitor and regulator controls and feeder switches. Direct load control devices are being deployed to reduce peak demand. The project also includes a statistically rigorous consumer behavior study to assess load impacts and customer acceptance of time-based rate programs.


- 36,000 Smart Meters
- AMI Communication Systems
---Backhaul Communications
- 40,500 Direct Load Control Devices (original installation)
- Customer System Communications Network
- Customer Systems for 5,000 Customers
--- In-Home Displays(3,000 est.)
--- Programmable Communicating Thermostats (2,000 est.)
- Distribution Automation Equipment for 64 out of 3,036 Distribution Circuits
- 64 Dist. Automation circuits
- 46 VVO Circuits
--- Distribution Automation Communications Network
--- SCADA Communications Network
--- (154) Automated Distribution Circuit Switches
--- (4) Automated Voltage Regulators
--- (187) Automated Capacitors
--- (218) Equipment Condition Monitors

Targeted Benefits:

- Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
- Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
- Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures, Distribution Line Losses
- Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions

Additional Information:

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

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