Black Hills/Colorado Electric Utility Co. Smart Grid Project

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding of $6.1M to Black Hills Utility Co. of Pueblo, Colorado The funding is for to initiate a project to install an additional 42,000 smart meters and communications infrastructure to help facilitate automated meter reading and provide a pilot for a dynamic pricing program in southeastern Colorado.[2][1]

Black Hills/Colorado Electric Utility Company (BHCOE) is one of three Black Hills Corporation subsidiaries deploying advanced metering infrastructure (AMI)—the other two are Black Hills Power (South Dakota/Wyoming) and Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power (Wyoming). BHCOE’s project includes the deployment of smart meters, communication infrastructure, and a meter data management system (MDMS). The project provides improved outage restoration from the integration of an outage management system with the AMI. Two-way communication allows for off-cycle reads, remote connect/disconnect of customer loads, tamper detection, and potential future implementation of time-based rate programs. BHCOE is also deploying approximately 200 direct load control devices as part of a pilot program to understand customer acceptance and load impacts.[3]

Smart Grid Equipment

  • 42,665 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Meter Data Management System
  • 200 Programmable Communicating Thermostats

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability
  • Reduced Ancillary Service Cost
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions


  1. 1.0 1.1 ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 Black Hills Colorado Smart Grid Project
  3. Project Information Page