SmartGridCity achieves project milestones


Dick Kelly,
Xcel Energy
Denver, CO, U.S.A — (METERING.COM) —- August 22, 2008 – Several milestones in the build-out of Boulder, Colorado as a smart grid city have been achieved, governor Bill Ritter, Jr. and Xcel Energy announced yesterday. The parties also unveiled the SmartGridCity Experience, a new educational tool designed to allow customers to see what the project is all about.

Named SmartGridCity™ the project is reported to be making significant progress. The first meters are active, providing two-way communication between the customer and the utility. Xcel Energy has installed 82 miles of fiber optic cable, which enables the two-way communication. By the end of 2008, Xcel Energy will have more than 13,000 homes enabled with smart meters and by mid-2009, another 10,000 meters will be available for installation at the customer’s request.
In addition, two substations in Boulder have been upgraded with smart technology. Now, the substations can automatically detect, isolate, and restore electricity load when an outage occurs. This information will allow the company to reduce the impact of outages by using predictive technologies to prevent outages from occurring and isolation technologies to reduce the duration of the outage event. By mid-2009, three additional substations in Boulder will be upgraded with smart grid enabled technologies.
“We are making great progress in Boulder,” said Dick Kelly, Xcel Energy chairman, president and CEO. “The technologies we’re installing are working together, bringing us closer to making our vision of a fully integrated SmartGridCity a reality.”

The SmartGridCity Experience showcases the technology that is being installed, including energy savings devices, energy management devices and renewable energy options from Consortium partners Accenture, Current Group, GridPoint, OSI Soft, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and Ventyx.

There are also plans to develop a demonstration home displaying many of the technologies that are being implemented in Boulder on a wider scale.

“SmartGridCity is a prime example of how in Colorado we are using new technologies to build the new energy economy,” governor Ritter said.