Duke Energy Business Services LLC Smart Grid Project

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Duke Energy Business Services LLC, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, will receive $200 million in federal funds to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Duke Energy as one of 100 companies nationwide as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The money will be invested into making an energy grid more efficient.[2]

Duke Energy’s (Duke) overall Smart Grid Program began in 2008 and includes the development and implementation of a comprehensive end-to-end solution that transforms its five-state electric system (Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina) and leads to “beyond the meter” products and services that increase the consumer’s role in reducing energy use and carbon emissions. Duke’s Smart Grid Deployment project, a part of the Smart Grid Program, includes advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and distribution automation systems in five states. The project involves large-scale deployments of AMI and distribution automation in Ohio and Indiana, a pilot deployment of AMI and distribution automation in Kentucky, and deployment of distribution automation in North and South Carolina. The project includes pilot programs for electricity pricing including time-of-use rates, peak-time rebates, and critical-peak pricing. Customers in these pilot programs use home area networks, Web portals, and direct load control devices to reduce their electricity consumption and peak demand. In December 2008, Duke received a state regulatory order to proceed with this effort in Ohio and continues to work with the other states for similar approval.[3]

Contents

Equipment

  • 102 Phasor Measurement Units
  • 2 Phasor Data Concentrators
  • Transmission Systems Communication Equipment

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Deferred Investment in Distribution Capacity Expansion
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Costs from Distribution Line Losses and Theft
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutants
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage

Equipment

  • Synchrophasor Communications Network
  • 102 Phasor Measurement Units
  • 2 Phasor Data Concentrators

Targeted Benefits

  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Wide-Scale Blackouts

References

  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 Duke Energy Award
  3. Project Information Page