PECO Energy Company Smart Grid Project

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PECO Energy Company, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will receive $200 million in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected PECO Energy Company as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

PECO’s Smart Future Greater Philadelphia project includes deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and distribution automation assets. AMI supports new electricity pricing programs for customers and pilot programs, such as in-home devices that provide energy information and energy usage control. Distribution automation helps PECO improve service to customers and reduce energy loss by managing circuit voltages. These systems help PECO improve operational efficiency and service quality for customers.[3]


  • 600,000 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Meter Data Management System
  • Customer Web Portal
  • In-Home Displays
  • Programmable Communicating Thermostats
  • Distribution Automation Equipment for 75 out of 2,278 Circuits
  • Distribution Management System
  • Distribution Automation Communications Network
  • Automated Distribution Circuit Switches
  • Automated Capacitors
  • Smart Relays (Smart Relays are installed at select substations)
  • Circuit Monitors/Indicators

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures, Distribution Line Losses, and Theft
  • Deferred Investment in Distribution Capacity Expansion
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions


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