Lakeland Electric Smart Grid Project

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lakeland Electric, located in Lakeland, Florida, will receive $20 million in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Lakeland Electric as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

Lakeland Electric’s (Lakeland) Smart Grid Initiative includes smart meters, time-based rate programs, advanced customer service options, and communications infrastructure. The project implements two-way communications and metering expected to: (1) enable customers to view their energy consumption at their convenience through in-home displays and a Web portal, (2) provide time-based rate programs to customers, (3) provide information and tools to improve outage management, and (4) reduce distribution operations and maintenance costs.[3]


  • 124,000 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • 3,000 In-Home Displays
  • Customer Web Portal Access for 124,000 Customers

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability
  • Reduced Costs from Distribution Line Losses
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions


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