Cuming County Public Power District Smart Grid Project

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Cuming County Public Power Distric, located in West Point, Nebraska will receive $1.8 million in federal funds to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy chose Cuming Country Public Power District as one of 100 companies nationwide to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

The Eastern Nebraska Public Power District Consortium’s (Consortium) Smart Grid Initiative includes wireless communications, supervisory control and data acquisition software (SCADA), distribution automation software , intelligent reclosers and controls, automated regulator controls, and irrigation load control devices. The project implements two-way communications, SCADA, and distribution automation applications to allow the Consortium to (1) automate substations, (2) integrate new distribution automation equipment, (3) provide increased system visibility for customer outages, and (4) reduce operations and maintenance costs. Existing irrigation load control devices for the Cuming County Public Power District (CCPPD) are being upgraded, enhancing demand response and peak load reduction capabilities.[3]


  • Distribution Automation Equipment for 67 out of 68 Circuits
  • Distribution Automation Communications Network
  • SCADA Communications Network
  • Automated Distribution Circuit Switches
  • Automated Regulators
  • Direct Load Control Devices

Targeted Benefits

  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures, and Distribution Line Losses
  • Reduced Service Costs for Customers
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs


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