City of Fort Collins Utilities Smart Grid Project

From Open Energy Information

The City of Fort Collins will receive $18.1 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a smart-grid energy management system. The funding is made available to 100 companies nationwide through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

The City of Fort Collins’ Front Range Smart Grid Development project involves the municipal utilities for the cities of Fort Collins and Fountain, Colorado. The project includes citywide deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI); expansion of distribution automation capabilities including supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system connected fault indicators; SCADA-connected remote operated feeder switches; integration with the outage management system; demand response products; evaluation and potential implementation of time-based rate programs; customer education; and Web portal access. Information from this project facilitates: (1) customer-participants’ ability to view their energy consumption through in-home displays, a Web portal, or both; and (2) the ability of City of Fort Collins and the City of Fountain to manage, measure, and verify targeted demand reductions during peak periods. The new AMI and distribution automation technologies help improve service quality and reliability by enabling more efficient outage management, distribution circuit monitoring, and remote circuit switching.[3]

Smart Grid Equipment

  • 84,290 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication System
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Meter Data Management System
  • Customer Web Portal Access for 84,290 Customers
  • In-Home Displays/Energy Management Systemsa
  • Programmable Communicating Thermostatsa
  • Direct Load Control Devicesa
  • Distribution System Automation/Upgrade for at least 4 out of 221 Distribution Circuits
  • Automated Distribution Circuit Switches

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Increased Electricity Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Deferred Investment in Distribution Capacity Expansion
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures and Distribution Line losses
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions


  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 City of Fort Collins Award
  3. Project Information Page