City of Ruston, Louisiana Smart Grid Project

From Open Energy Information

The City of Ruston Utility will receive $4.3 million in funding to develop a smart-grid energy management system. The U.S. Department of Energy selected 100 companies nationwide to receive funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

The City of Ruston’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Smart Grid project includes smart meters, distribution automation equipment, building energy management pilot programs, and an electric vehicle charging station demonstration pilot. The project is installing smart meters for all 10,125 customers served by the City of Ruston. The smart meter program enhances customer control of electricity costs, reduces customer costs, and improves peak-load conditions on the distribution system. New automation equipment is being installed for all circuits of the City of Ruston’s distribution grid. The equipment automatically adjusts voltage levels and averts power disturbances. The City of Ruston expects to reduce electricity line losses, improve system reliability reduce operations and maintenance costs, and lower vehicle emissions.<ref>[


  • 10,125 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Meter Data Management System
  • Customer Web Portal
  • In-Home Displays/Energy Management Systems
  • Programmable Communicating Thermostats
  • Distribution System Automation/Upgrade for 10 of 18 Circuits
  • Distribution Management Systems
  • Distribution Automation Communications Network
  • Automated Distribution Circuit Switches
  • Automated Capacitors
  • Automated Regulators
  • Circuit Monitors/Indicators
  • 1 Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Targeted Benefits

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


  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 City of Ruston Award