Officials from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Pepco Holdings Inc. (PHI) gathered this week for a two-day event to acknowledge the funding and successful completion of multiple smart grid programs.
The projects were accelerated by Smart Grid Investment Grant funds awarded by the DOE as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Executives and team members from both organizations saw presentations on the status of projects including advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), direct load control and distribution automation.
According to Pepco, customers in New Jersey, Maryland and the District of Columbia are already seeing the benefits of the distribution automation program, which uses newly installed automated switching technology and communication equipment to isolate outages and restore power to customers in the vicinity of an outage almost instantly.
Customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia have also benefitted from outage notification capabilities and restoration efficiencies that the advanced meters provide.
Customers who participated in the Peak Energy Savings Credit program in the Pepco Maryland service area received over $3.4 million in bill credits last summer and helped reduce peak load by 2.3 million kWh. The typical residential customer’s monthly use is 1,000 kWh. This program was enabled by the grant and with over 60 percent participation, clearly demonstrated customer engagement and acceptance.
PHI has installed more than 1.4 million smart meters throughout its service territories, including Washington, D.C., Delaware and Maryland. This number includes both electric and gas smart meter equipment. DOE funds helped complete smart meter projects in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
Pepco Holdings, Inc. (POM) is one of the largest energy delivery companies in the Mid-Atlantic region, serving about 2 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and New Jersey. PHI subsidiaries Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric provide regulated electricity service; Delmarva Power also provides natural gas service. PHI also provides energy efficiency and renewable energy services through Pepco Energy Services.