Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Smart Grid Project

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Baltimore Gas and Electric Company has received $20M in funding to initiate a smart grid project to install 2 million residential and commercial smart meters that could potentially save BGE electric and gas customers in excess of $2.6 billion over the life of the project.[2]

Baltimore Gas and Electric’s (BGE) Smart Grid Initiative consists of a territory-wide deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), implementation of a customer Web portal and home energy management reports, deployment of a direct load control program, and installation of a new customer care and billing system. BGE will replace or upgrade more than 1.25 million electric meters to improve customer service, reduce BGE operation and maintenance costs, and offer customers a critical peak rebate program to help reduce peak demand and lower customer bills. Through a Web portal, energy management reports, emails, texts, and phone messaging, BGE delivers usage information to help customers better manage their energy usage. A direct load control program offers customers a rebate to enable cycling of central air conditioners and electric hot water heaters. In addition, a new billing system enables optimal utilization of the new technologies offered by these programs.[3]

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Smart Grid Equipment

  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Customer Web Portal
  • Direct Load Control Device
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Meter Data Management System
  • Smart Meter - Industrial

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Reduced Operations and Maintenance Costs
  • Deferred Investment in Transmission and Distribution Capacity Expansion
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability
  • Reduced Costs from Theft

References

  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 Baltimore Gas and Electric Smart Grid Press Release
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