Midwest Energy Inc. Smart Grid Project

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Midwest Energy Inc., located in Hays, Kansas, will receive $712,257 in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Midwest Energy as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

Midwest Energy (Midwest) is deploying new smart relays at its Knoll transmission substation. These relays include synchrophasor measurement technologies that can increase grid operators’ visibility of bulk power system conditions in near real time, enable earlier detection of problems that threaten grid stability or cause outages, and facilitate sharing of information with neighboring control areas. Having access to better system operating information allows Midwest to improve power system models and analysis tools, increasing reliability of grid operations.[3]


  • 9 Relay-based Phasor Measurement Units
  • Synchrophasor Communications Network
  • Angle and Frequency Monitoring
  • Post-Mortem Analysis
  • Voltage and Voltage Stability Monitoring
  • Improved State Estimation
  • Steady-State Benchmarking

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Wide-scale Blackouts
  • Increased Electric Service Reliability
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions


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