Entergy New Orleans, Inc. Smart Grid Project

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Entergy New Orleans, Inc., located in New Orleans, Louisiana, will receive $5 million in funding to help make a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Entergy as one of 100 companies selected nationwide to receive a federal stimulus grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

Entergy New Orleans’ (ENO) Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Pilot program includes smart meters, in-home displays (IHDs), programmable communicating thermostats (PCTs), and Web portals for low-income customers. The pilot project evaluates customer acceptance and the impacts of peak time rebates, air-conditioning load controls, and enabling technologies on customer electricity usage and peak demands. ENO is working with local community outreach organizations to help solicit and enroll low-income customers in the pilot programs.[3]

Equipment

  • 4,7000 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Enhanced Web Portal access for 3,500 customers
  • 3,000 In-Home Displays
  • 400 Programmable Communicating Thermostats

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers

References

  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 Entergy New Orleans Award
  3. Project Information Page