Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative Smart Grid Project

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Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative, located in Portland, Oregon, will receive $19.6 million in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

The Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative (PNGC) is implementing a project that includes 10 distribution cooperatives. The cooperatives are deploying advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) assets including smart meters and two-way communication networks. AMI enables automated meter reading, which reduces meter operation costs, fuel usage for truck rolls, and air pollution. Several of the cooperatives are deploying direct load control devices. The direct load control programs offer customers a way to lower their electricity bill and provide the utility with a tool to manage peak load. [3]

Equipment

  • 97,666 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Meter Data Management System
  • Customer Web Portal
  • 8,650 In-Home Displays
  • 11,780 Direct Load Control Devices

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Costs from Theft
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions

References

  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pacific Northwest Generating Coop Award
  3. Project Information Page