Wisconsin Power and Light Company Smart Grid Project

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Wisconsin Power and Light, located in Madison, Wisconsin, will receive $3.2 million in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Wisconsin Power and Light as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

Wisconsin Power and Light Company’s (WPL) smart grid distribution automation project is designed to improve distribution system efficiency and reliability while lowering operations and maintenance costs. WPL is deploying a new centralized energy management system and adding intelligent communication and control modules to approximately 40% of its distribution capacitor banks. The capacitor banks selected for upgrade were determined based on coverage area and load usage. Project benefits include reducing distribution energy losses by improving power factor and reducing distribution operations and maintenance costs. WPL also expects to reduce vehicle fuel consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions by reducing truck rolls through automation. [3]


  • Distribution Automation (DA) Equipment for Approximately 298 out of 906 Circuits
  • DA Communications Network
  • Automated Capacitors

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures and Distribution Line Losses
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage


  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wisconsin Power and Light Award
  3. Project Information Page