Indianapolis Power and Light Company Smart Grid Project

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Indianapolis Power and Light Company, located in Indianapolis, Indiana, will receive $20 million in federal funding to develop a smarter, more efficient energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy chose Indianapolis Power and Light Company as one of 100 companies nationwide to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Indianapolis Power & Light Company’s (IPL) Smart Energy project is deploying distribution automation, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), and customer systems assets to improve the operational efficiency of its distribution systems. Distribution automation assets include automated controls, relays, and reclosers, which are used to reduce operations and maintenance costs and restoration times. AMI assets include 10,400 smart meters, and customer systems include programmable communicating thermostats. Through pilot programs, IPL is determining best practices for peak demand management through pricing and the impacts of new technologies including electric vehicles and charging stations.[3]


  • 10,400 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Meter Data Management System
  • Customer Systems for 10,400 customers
  • 4,000 Home Area Networks
  • 1,900 Programmable Communicating Thermostats
  • Customer Web Portal Access for Customers with Both Existing and New Meters
  • Distribution Automation Equipment for 400 out of 400 Circuits
  • Distribution Management System
  • Distribution Automation Communications Network
  • Automated Distribution Circuit Switches
  • Automated Capacitors
  • Automated Regulators
  • Equipment Health Sensors
  • 200 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Targeted Benefits

  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Deferred Investment in Distribution Capacity Expansion
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures
  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Reduced Ancillary Service Cost
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions


  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. Indianapolis Power and Light Award
  3. Project Information Page