Black Hills Power, Inc. Smart Grid Project

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Black Hills Power, inc. in Rapid City, South Dakota, with the help of $5.6M in Recovery Act funding, will initiate a smart grid project that will install 69,000 smart meters, along with the communications infrastructure, IT software, and equipment necessary to operate a fully functional Smart Grid system in service area. [1][2]

Black Hills Power (BHP) is one of three Black Hills Corporation subsidiaries deploying advanced metering infrastructure (AMI)—the other two are Black Hills/Colorado Electric (BHCOE) and Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power (Wyoming). BHP’s project includes the deployment of smart meters, communications 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 meters, tamper detection, and potential future implementation of time-based rate programs.[3]

Smart Grid Equipment

  • 68,800 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Meter Data Management System

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 Power, Inc. Smart Grid Project
  3. Project Information Page