Idaho Power Company Smart Grid Project

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Idaho Power Company, located in Boise, Idaho, will receive $47 million in federal funding to develop a smarter, more efficient energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy chose Idaho Power Company as one of 100 companies nationwide to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Idaho Power Company’s Smart Grid Program includes customer systems, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution automation, and advanced monitoring equipment for the transmission system. The AMI and customer systems portions provide 475,000 smart meters to nearly all of Idaho Power Company’s (IPC) residential and commercial customers. Enhanced billing and on-line energy monitoring systems provide detailed energy use information to help customers better manage their consumption and bills. Smart meters enable IPC to increase its offering of existing time-of-use rates aimed at lowering customer electricity costs in addition to lowering peak load. Peak load is also managed through direct load control devices on participating customers’ irrigation systems. IPC is implementing automated feeder switches in Pocatello, Idaho, to improve the reliability of its distribution system. To improve transmission system visibility, IPC is installing phasor measurement units, which increase monitoring capabilities and improve reliability. Advanced applications include enhanced forecasting of renewable generation and short-term demand enabling improved load and generation balancing as renewable power supplies are added to the system.[3]

Equipment

  • 475,000 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Networks and Systems
  • Web Portal Access for 490,000 Customers
  • Distribution System Automation/Upgrade for 12 of 635 Circuits
  • Distribution Management System
  • Communications Equipment/SCADA
  • Automated Feeder Switches
  • Distributed Energy Forecasting/Integration Tool
  • 14 Phasor Measurement Units
  • Transmission Systems Communication Equipment

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Reduced Meter Reading and Truck Fleet Fuel Costs
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures, Distribution Line Losses, and Theft
  • Optimized Generator Operation
  • Deferred Investment in Distribution Capacity Expansion
  • Reduced Ancillary Service and Congestion Costs
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs

References

  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. Idaho Power Company Award
  3. Project Information Page