Modesto Irrigation District Smart Grid Project

From Open Energy Information

Modesto Irrigation District, located in Modesto, California, will receive $1.5 million in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Modesto Irrigation District as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

The Modesto Irrigation District’s (MID) Smart Deployment and Installation project involves installation of smart meters, implementation of customer interface systems, and automation of distribution substations. The smart meter deployment covers the Mountain House Development, a single isolated area with 3,348 customer sites. The project includes a Web portal to enable the customers to monitor their electricity consumption and costs. The project aims to reduce peak demand, system-wide losses, outage duration, and frequency, while improving voltage control. The smart meters and Web portal allows MID to consider implementation of time-based rate programs in the future.<ref>Project Information Page<ref>


  • 3,348 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Meter Data Management System
  • Customer Web Portal
  • Distribution Automation Equipment for 45 out of 120 Circuits
  • Distribution Management System
  • Automated Distribution Circuit Switches
  • Automated Capacitors

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Costs from 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 Modesto Irrigation District Award