Black Hills/Colorado Electric Utility Co. Smart Grid Project
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding of $6.1M to Black Hills Utility Co. of Pueblo, Colorado The funding is for to initiate a project to install an additional 42,000 smart meters and communications infrastructure to help facilitate automated meter reading and provide a pilot for a dynamic pricing program in southeastern Colorado.
Black Hills/Colorado Electric Utility Company (BHCOE) is one of three Black Hills Corporation subsidiaries deploying advanced metering infrastructure (AMI)—the other two are Black Hills Power (South Dakota/Wyoming) and Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power (Wyoming). BHCOE’s project includes the deployment of smart meters, communication infrastructure, and a meter data management system (MDMS). The project provides improved outage restoration from the integration of an outage management system with the AMI. Two-way communication allows for off-cycle reads, remote connect/disconnect of customer loads, tamper detection, and potential future implementation of time-based rate programs. BHCOE is also deploying approximately 200 direct load control devices as part of a pilot program to understand customer acceptance and load impacts.
- 42,665 Smart Meters
- AMI Communication Systems
- Meter Communications Network
- Backhaul Communications
- Meter Data Management System
- 200 Programmable Communicating Thermostats
- Reduced Meter Reading Costs
- Improved Electric Service Reliability
- Reduced Ancillary Service Cost
- Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
- Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions