Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc. Smart Grid Project

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Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc., located in Amarillo, Texas, will receive $20 million in funding to develop a smarter, more efficient energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy chose Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc. as one of 100 companies nationwide to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc. (GSEC) Smart Grid Project deploys advance metering and distribution automation to 10 of its 16 member distribution cooperatives (co-ops). Each member co-op designed and planned their projects to address specific challenges and achieve benefits. In general, the projects aim to reduce customer electricity costs, peak demand, and operations costs while improving distribution reliability. The project deploys about 81,785 smart meters in total and advanced communication networks to: (1) allow select customers to view their electricity usage through a Web portal and/or in home display, (2) allow participating co-ops to manage, measure, and verify targeted reductions during peak periods, and (3) reduce operations and maintenance costs by automating meter reading and service tasks.[3]


  • 81,785 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Meter Data Management System
  • Web Portal Access for Select Customers
  • 1,500 In-Home Displays
  • 1,500 Programmable Communicating Thermostats
  • 6,500 Direct Load Control Devices
  • Distribution Automation Equipment for 158 out of 632* Circuits
  • Distribution Management Systems
  • Distribution Automation Communications Network
  • SCADA Communications Network
  • Automated Distribution Circuit Switches
  • Automated Capacitors
  • Automated Regulators
  • Circuit Monitors/Indicators

Targeted Benefits

  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures, Distribution Line Losses, and Theft
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions
  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage


  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 Golden Spread Electric Cooperative Award
  3. Project Information Page