City of Ruston, Louisiana Smart Grid Project

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The City of Ruston Utility will receive $4.3 million in funding to develop a smart-grid energy management system. The U.S. Department of Energy selected 100 companies nationwide to receive funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

The City of Ruston’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Smart Grid project includes smart meters, distribution automation equipment, building energy management pilot programs, and an electric vehicle charging station demonstration pilot. The project is installing smart meters for all 10,125 customers served by the City of Ruston. The smart meter program enhances customer control of electricity costs, reduces customer costs, and improves peak-load conditions on the distribution system. New automation equipment is being installed for all circuits of the City of Ruston’s distribution grid. The equipment automatically adjusts voltage levels and averts power disturbances. The City of Ruston expects to reduce electricity line losses, improve system reliability reduce operations and maintenance costs, and lower vehicle emissions.[3]
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