PPL Electric Utilities Corp. Smart Grid Project

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PPL Electric Utilities Corp., located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, will receive $19 million in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected PPL Electric Utilities Corp. as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

PPL Electric Utilities Corporation’s Smart Grid project includes new equipment to automate distribution circuits integrated through the installation of new grid communications and control systems. New automation equipment is being installed at 10 distribution substations and 50 distribution circuits in the coverage area. The project focuses on upgrades in south-central Pennsylvania, largely in the vicinity of the City of Harrisburg. The distribution automation equipment enhances system reliability through better protection and faster response and isolation of outages, while simultaneously lowering costs for operations and maintenance of the system. An additional objective is to improve the voltage for delivered electricity, reducing customer usage and deferring the need for additional power generation capacity in the region.[3]

Equipment

  • Distribution Automation Equipment for 50 out of 1,153 Distribution Circuits
  • Distribution Management System
  • Distribution Automation Communications Network
  • SCADA Communications Network
  • Automated Distribution Circuit Switches
  • Automated Capacitors

Targeted Benefits

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


References

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