The Utility Smart Grid Initiative received $2,650,000 in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The project supports the integration of "smart grid" strategies and technologies into Kentucky's electric utility infrastructure. Funding has been provided for Kentucky to establish a partnership with electric utilities to explore development of smart grid concepts and their possible application in Kentucky. The result should provide significant energy and cost savings for Kentucky ratepayers.
The Department for Energy Development and Independence has awarded grants to six utilities.
- Warren RECC was awarded $950,000. WRECC will install and upgrade communications equipment, including 14 miles of fiber optic cable.
- Bluegrass Energy was awarded $330,700 and will be used to install Distribution Automation and home displays on a pilot basis. The program will enable customers to monitor and control their energy consumption.
- Hickman-Fulton RECC was awarded $168,000. Hickman-Fulton RECC will install 200 smart meters capable of recording and transferring demand side end-use data back to a central office server.
- Owen Electric Cooperative was awarded $119,250 and will establish a voluntary peak load reduction program that will utilize and enhance the AMI infrastructure.
- Nolin RECC was awarded $85,000 and will be used to implement a prepaid electric meter program that is designed to give customers control of their energy use.
- Jackson Energy Cooperative was awarded $100,000 and will be used to implement a prepaid electric meter program that is designed to give customers control of their energy use.