South Mississippi Electric Power Association Smart Grid Project (Mississippi)

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EZFeed Policy

Place Mississippi

Applies to Utility Coast Electric Power Association;Magnolia Electric Power Association;Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association;Southern Pine Electric Power Association;Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association

Name South Mississippi Electric Power Association Smart Grid Project (Mississippi)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Interconnection
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector Utility

Program Budget $61,318,005

Program Administrator South Mississippi Electric Power Association
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-06-06
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary

Information Source


South Mississippi Electric Power Association’s (SMEPA) smart grid project involves the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and covers the Generation and Transmission (G&T) Cooperative and five of its member distribution cooperatives: Coast Electric Power Association; Magnolia Electric Power Association; Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association; Southern Pine Electric Power Association; and Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association. AMI enables two-way communication between SMEPA and its member cooperatives’ substation meters and between the member cooperatives and their customers’ meters for more detailed electric usage information as well as improved outage detection. Automated meter reading enables the SMEPA collaborative to improve operational efficiencies and reduce costs. Additionally; three of the member cooperatives (Magnolia; Southwest; and Pearl River Valley) are implementing supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems to enable improved reliability through increased visibility of distribution substations and circuits. In total 225,779 smart meters will be deployed throughout the territory of the five participating cooperatives.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Roger Smith
Department South Mississippi Power Association


Contact Name Daniel Blackledge
Department South Mississippi Power Assocation



Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Date Effective 2009
Date Enacted 2010-04-01
Expiration Date Ongoing