Cleco Power LLC Smart Grid Project

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Cleco Power LLC in Pineville, Louisiana will receive $20 million in funding to develop a smart-grid energy management system. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Cleco Power as one of 100 companies nationwide to receive federal stimulus funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

Cleco Power’s (Cleco) Advanced Metering Infrastructure project involves the deployment of smart meters, new metering communications infrastructure, and a meter data management system. All of Cleco’s residential, commercial, and small industrial customers receive new meters. The project implements two-way communication and utility applications to: (1) automate meter reading and service activities, (2) identify and respond to customer outages more efficiently, and (3) develop a backbone for future customer systems, advanced electricity service options, and possible time-based rate programs.[3]


  • 279,000 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communications Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Meter Data Management System

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Costs from Theft
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions


  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cleco Power Award
  3. Project Information Page