Westar Energy, Inc., located in Topeka, Kansas, has been awarded $19 million in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Westar Energy as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The stimulus funds will be used to implement technologies to transition the community into a smart energy city, including deploying 48,000 smart meters, advanced distribution automation equipment, smart grid management software, and web-based customer engagement tools that will empower consumers to reduce their energy use and limit peak energy demand beginning from 2010.
-Reduced Meter Reading Costs
-Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
-Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
-Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
-Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures, Distribution Line Losses, and Theft
-Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
-Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions