City of Wadsworth, OH Smart Grid Project

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The City of Wadsworth Utility will receive $5.4 million in funding to develop a smart-grid energy management system. The U.S. Department of Energy selected the City of Wadsworth as 1 of 100 companies selected nationwide to receive federal stimulus funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

The City of Wadsworth’s (Wadsworth) Connected Grid project involves system-wide deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and targeted installation of in-home displays, home area networks, programmable communicating thermostats, load control devices, and distribution automation equipment. The smart meters provide two-way communication, allowing customers to view their energy use and Wadsworth to better monitor customer demand. Load control devices and programmable communicating thermostats help Wadsworth manage its peak load and reduce electricity costs for customers. Wadsworth is also upgrading and expanding its distribution automation equipment, including installation of automated reclosers (feeder switches) and capacitor bank controls. This is expected to improve reliability, reduce operations and maintenance costs, and decrease distribution energy losses.[3]


  • 12,750 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Meter Data Management System
  • 6,000 In-Home Displays
  • 3,000 Programmable Communicating Thermostats
  • Customer Systems for 12,750 customers
  • Home Area Networks
  • Customer Web Portal
  • Direct Load Control Devices
  • Distribution Automation Equipment for 16 out of 16 Circuits
  • Distribution Management System
  • Distribution Automation Communications Network
  • Automated Distribution Circuit Switches
  • Automated Capacitors
  • Automated Regulators

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures, Distribution Line Losses, and Theft
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions


  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 City of Wadsworth Award
  3. Project Information Page