New Hampshire Electric Cooperative Smart Grid Project

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New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, located in Plymouth, New Hampshire, will receive $15.8 million in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected New Hampshire Electric Cooperative as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NHEC) Communications Systems Infrastructure/Automated Metering Infrastructure project involves the installation of two-way voice and data communications infrastructure to support smart metering systems for over 80,000 members located throughout New Hampshire. The project will assist NHEC’s members by providing them usage information and the option to participate in time-based rate programs for managing electricity consumption and associated costs. In addition NHEC expects to use the new systems to improve outage detection and response time, tamper detection, and reduce operations and maintenance costs.[3]


  • 82,444 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Meter Data Management System
  • 2,000 In-Home Displays

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Members
  • Reduced Costs from Theft
  • Increased Electric Service Reliability
  • Reduced Ancillary Service Cost
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions


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