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Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc. Smart Grid Project
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Lead Organization:
Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc.
HQ Location:
Amarillo, Texas
Project Contact Information:
Name:
 Melody Gillis
Email:
 mgillis@gsec.coop
Address:

905 South Fillmore, Suite 220
Amarillo, TX 79101-3541

 
Project Summary:

Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc. (GSEC) Smart Grid Project deploys advance metering and distribution automation to 10 of its 16 member distribution cooperatives (co-ops). Each member co-op designed and planned their projects to address specific challenges and achieve benefits. In general, the projects aim to reduce customer electricity costs, peak demand, and operations costs while improving distribution reliability. The project deploys about 86,000 smart meters in total and advanced communication networks to: (1) allow select customers to view their electricity usage through a Web portal, mobile APP, and/or in home display, (2) allow participating co-ops to manage, measure, and verify targeted reductions during peak periods, and (3) reduce operations and maintenance costs by automating meter reading and service tasks.

Equipment:

- 86,000 Smart Meters
- AMI Communication Systems
--- Meter Communications Network
--- Backhaul Communications
- Meter Data Management System
- Web Portal Access for Select Customers
- 1,500 In-Home Displays
- 1,500 Programmable Communicating Thermostats
- 3,150 Direct Load Control Devices
- Distribution Automation Equipment for 221 out of 632 circuits
--- Distribution Management Systems
--- Distribution Automation Communications Network
--- SCADA Communications Network
--- Automated Distribution Circuit Switches
--- Automated Capacitors
--- Automated Voltage Regulators
--- Equipment Condition Monitors

Targeted Benefits:

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

 
Additional Information:

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

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