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City of Wadsworth, Ohio (Connected Grid Project)
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Lead Organization:
Wadsworth Electric and Communications
HQ Location:
Wadsworth, Ohio
Project Contact Information:
 Gene Post Chris Easton

120 Maple Street
Wadsworth, OH 44281-1825

Project Summary:

The City of Wadsworth’s (Wadsworth) Connected Grid project involves system-wide deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and targeted installation of in-home displays, home area networks, programmable communicating thermostats, load control devices, and distribution automation equipment. The smart meters provide two-way communication, allowing customers to view their energy use and Wadsworth to better monitor customer demand. Load control devices and programmable communicating thermostats help Wadsworth manage its peak load. Wadsworth is also upgrading and expanding its distribution automation equipment, including installation of automated reclosers (feeder switches) and capacitor bank controls. This is expected to improve reliability, reduce operations and maintenance costs, and decrease distribution energy losses.


- 12,600 Smart Meters
- AMI Communication Systems
--- Meter Communications Network
--- Backhaul Communications
- Meter Data Management System
- 300 In-Home Displays
- 1500 Programmable Communicating Thermostats
- Customer Systems for 12,750 customers(~9% of the customer base is participating in the Peak Rewards program). The customer systems include:
--- Home Area Networks
--- Customer Web Portal
--- Direct Load Control Devices
- Distribution Automation Equipment for 18 out of 18 Circuits
--- Distribution Management System
--- Distribution Automation Communications Network
--- Automated Distribution Circuit Switches
--- Automated Capacitors
--- Automated Regulators

Targeted Benefits:

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

Additional Information:

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

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