Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative Smart Grid Project

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Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy, located in Norwich, Connecticut, will receive $9.1 million in federal funding to develop a smarter grid. The U.S. Department of Energy chose Connecticut Municipal Electric as one of 100 companies nationwide to receive funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The stimulus money is for companies dedicated to improving the nation's energy grid.[2]

The Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative Smart Grid project (“ConnSMART Program”) involves the deployment of advanced metering and multiple pilot programs to introduce dynamic pricing to the customers of the four participating municipal utilities (Groton Utilities, Jewett City Department of Public Utilities, Norwich Public Utilities, and South Norwalk Electric and Water). The program aims to reduce customer electricity costs, peak demand, and utility operating costs. The program deploys about 22,000 smart meters and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communication networks to: (1) allow customers to view their energy consumption at their convenience through an energy Web portal and/or an in-home display, and (2) allow the participating utilities to manage, measure, and verify targeted demand reductions during peak periods. The communication and data management systems are aimed to provide enhanced wholesale power purchasing and forecasting capabilities, and ultimately a reduction in the cost of service for customers.[3]


  • 22,000 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communications Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Meter Data Management System
  • Customer Systems for 3,000 Customers
  • Home Area Networks
  • Customer Web Portal
  • In-Home Displays/Energy Management Systems
  • Programmable Communicating Thermostats
  • Direct Load Control Devices
  • Smart Appliances

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Increased Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Deferred Investments in Distribution Capacity Expansion
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures, Distribution Line Losses, and Theft
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions


  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 Connecticut Municipal Electric Award
  3. Project Information Page