Wellsboro Electric Company Smart Grid Project

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Wellsboro Electric Company, located in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, will receive $431,000 in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Wellsboro Electric Company as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

The Wellsboro Electric Company (WECo) project involves the installation of advanced metering systems and a pilot program for in-home displays. The project is aimed at reducing overall energy use and operations and maintenance costs while improving distribution system efficiency and reliability. The project implements two-way communication to: (1) allow customers to view their energy consumption at their convenience through in-home displays and energy Web portals, and (2) allow WECo to monitor outages and tamper detections. Serving one of the poorest communities in Pennsylvania, WECo is planning a large energy education campaign using radio spots and informational booths to help customers use the new technologies to reduce their electricity consumption and lower their bills.[3]


  • 4,589 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Meter Data Management System
  • Customer Web Portal Access for 100% of Customers
  • 200 In-Home Displays

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Reduced Costs from Theft
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage


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