Pepco Holdings has become the next utility to report successful completion of its Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) supported smart grid programs.
PHI received almost $44.6 million in SGIG funding towards a $92.8 million project to deploy advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution automation and demand response programs in Maryland and the District of Columbia. PHI subsidiary Atlantic City Electric received $18.7 million towards a $37.8 million distribution automation program in New Jersey.
According to a company statement customers in New Jersey, Maryland and the District of Columbia are already seeing the benefits of the distribution automation program, which uses newly installed automated switching technology and communication equipment to isolate outages and restore power to customers in the vicinity of an outage almost instantly.
Customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia have also benefitted from outage notification capabilities and restoration efficiencies that the advanced meters provide.
Customers who participated in the Peak Energy Savings Credit program in the Pepco Maryland service area received over $3.4 million in bill credits last summer and helped reduce peak load by 2.3 million kWh. The typical residential customer’s monthly use is 1,000 kWh. This program was enabled by the grant and with over 60% participation, clearly demonstrated customer engagement and acceptance.
“These funds have allowed PHI’s utilities to install new technologies that will give customers a better experience and enable them to save money through energy efficiencies,” said Karen Lefkowitz, PHI vice president, Business Transformation, who oversaw the smart grid programs. “Advanced technologies will help customers’ businesses be more productive and will give them more value for their money.”
PHI has installed more than 1.4 million electric and gas smart meters throughout its service territories, including Washington, DC, Delaware and Maryland.
Earlier this week Southern Company announced its completion of SGIG supported activities.