City of Glendale Water and Power Smart Grid Project

From Open Energy Information

The City of Glendale Water & Power Utility will receive $20 million in funding by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a smart-grid energy management system. The City of Glendale is one of 100 companies selected nationwide to receive stimulus funding by way of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

The City of Glendale’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Smart Grid Initiative project involves system-wide deployment of advanced meters, use of customer systems and in-home displays, installation of distribution automation equipment systems, and management of distributed energy storage. The project aims to reduce peak loads, overall electricity use, and operations and maintenance costs while increasing distribution system efficiency and reliability. The project implements secure wireless communications to (1) allow customers to view their electricity consumption through Web portals and displays at any time, and (2) allow Glendale to manage, measure, and verify targeted demand reduction during peak periods. In addition to the AMI deployment, Glendale is upgrading selected feeders with distribution automation equipment to improve the operational efficiency as well as system reliability.[3]

Smart Grid Equipment

  • 86,526 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Meter Data Management System
  • Up to 80,000 Home Area Networks
  • Customer Web Portal Access for 80,000 Customers
  • Up to 30,000 In-Home Displays
  • 1.5 MW of Distributed Energy Storage Devices
  • Distribution Automation Equipment for 4 out of 11 Circuits
  • Distribution Management Systems
  • Distribution Automation Communications Network
  • Automated Distribution Circuit Switches
  • Automated Capacitors
  • Equipment Health Sensors
  • Circuit Monitors/Indicators

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Deferred Investment in Distribution Capacity Expansion
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures and Distribution Line Losses
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions


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