FirstEnergy Service Company Smart Grid Project

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First Energy Service Company, located in Akron, Ohio, will receive $57 million in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected First Energy as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

FirstEnergy’s Smart Grid Modernization Initiative project includes deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution automation assets, time-based rate programs, load control, and customer systems in New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. AMI for residential and commercial customers enables two-way communication and helps customers manage energy use and bills. Distribution automation includes capacitor and regulator controls and feeder switches. Direct load control devices are being deployed to reduce peak demand. The project also includes a statistically rigorous consumer behavior study to assess load impacts and customer acceptance of time-based rate programs.[3]

Equipment

  • Up to 44,000 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Backhaul Communications
  • 40,500 Direct Load Control Devices
  • Customer Systems for up to 44,000 Customers
  • In-Home Displays
  • Programmable Communicating Thermostats
  • Distribution Automation Equipment for 65 out of 3,036 Distribution Circuits
  • Distribution Automation Communications Network
  • SCADA Communications Network
  • Automated Distribution Circuit Switches
  • Automated Regulators
  • Automated Capacitors
  • Circuit Monitors/Indicators

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures, Distribution Line Losses
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions

References

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