Burbank Water and Power Smart Grid Project

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Burbank Water and Power in Burbank, California, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, has received $20M in funding to help build a smart grid. They are 1 of only 100 select companies in the nation to receive funding.[2] Burbank Water and Power’s (BWP) Smart Grid Program includes smart meters, communications infrastructure, outage management system, distribution automation, time-based rate programs, advanced customer service options, demand response, and electric vehicle charging stations. The project implements two-way communications and metering to enable customers to view their energy consumption at their convenience through systems such as Web portals. The project also includes distribution automation to enhance the reliability and quality of electric delivery and reduce operations and maintenance costs. In addition, the project includes controls for distributed energy resources to manage peak electric demand and integrate renewable resources into grid operations.[3]

Smart Grid Equipment

  • 52,257 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Meter Data Management System
  • Approx. 5,000 In-Home Displays/Energy Management Systems
  • Approx. 5,000 Programmable Communicating Thermostats
  • Distribution Automation Equipment for 106 out of 117 Circuits
  • Distribution Management System
  • Automated Distribution Circuit Switches
  • Distribution Automation Communications Network
  • 280 Thermal Energy Storage Units – Ice Bears
  • 15 Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Deferred Distribution Capacity Investment
  • Reduced Costs from Line Losses and Theft
  • Improved Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emission


  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 Burbank Water and Power Smart Grid Project
  3. Project Information Page