Powder River Energy Corporation Smart Grid Project

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Powder River Energy Corporation, located in Sundance, Wyoming, will receive $2.5 million in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Powder River Energy as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

Powder River Energy Corporation’s (PRECorp) Innovation in Energy Delivery project involves the installation of new communications infrastructure for the distribution grid throughout the entire service territory in northeastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana. Three sets of upgrades include: 1) the addition of new microwave terminals and antennas to the backhaul network between operators and the distribution grid, 2) upgrades that allow key substations to establish radio monitoring linkages with grid operators, and 3) new equipment that allows the computer platform for grid control to help integrate the communications upgrades. By increasing the ability of operators to remotely monitor and respond to grid disturbances, PRECorp expects improvements in electric reliability and reductions in operating costs and emissions from truck rolls for site visits.[3]


  • Substation Automation Equipment for 30 out of 53 Substations
  • SCADA Communications Network

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions


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