Town of Danvers, MA Smart Grid Project

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Danvers, Massachusetts will receive $8.4 million in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected the town of Danvers, Massachussetts as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

The Town of Danvers’ Smart Grid Implementation Program includes advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and automated distribution equipment. Smart meters and AMI for Danvers’ residential, commercial, and industrial customers support time-based rate programs and a home energy network pilot. AMI is aimed at helping customers manage their energy usage, and Danvers hopes to reduce meter reading costs and air pollution by reducing truck rolls for meter reading. Benefits from distribution automation include better reliability and lower line losses.[3]


  • 12,839 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communications Systems
  • 75 Home Area Networks
  • Customer Web Portal
  • In-Home Displays
  • Distribution Automation Upgrades for 5 of 34 Circuits
  • Distribution Management System
  • Distribution Automation Communications Network
  • SCADA Communications Network
  • Automated Distribution Circuit Switches
  • Smart Relays
  • Automated Capacitors

Targeted Benefits

  • Time-of-Use Pricing
  • Critical Peak Pricing
  • Peak-Time Rebates
  • Variable Peak Pricing


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