Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia Smart Grid Project

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'Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, located in Atlanta, Georgia, will receive $12.2 million in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2] The Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG) project involves the implementation of information technology infrastructure to manage new automated or remotely controlled equipment deployed in the electric distribution system. This project aims to reduce operating and maintenance costs, while improving the reliability of the transmission and distribution assets owned and operated by MEAG. The communication systems and automation equipment being deployed within MEAG’s distribution substations reduce the frequency of system failures and associated maintenance activities. Furthermore, the new information technology infrastructure established as a result of this project supports future deployments of distribution automation and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) by municipal utilities served by MEAG. This project also implements remotely controlled motor operators to operate transmission switches, which reduces operations cost and improves outage response time.[3]


  • Substation Automation Equipment for 128 out of 171 Distribution Substations
  • SCADA Communications Network
  • Automated Regulators
  • Smart Meters*
  • Smart Relays
  • Remote Controlled Transmission Switches

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Increased Electric Service Reliability


  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia Award
  3. Project Information Page