Progress Energy Service Company, LLC Smart Grid Project

From Open Energy Information

Progress Energy Service Company, LLC, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, will receive $200 million in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Progress Energy as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

Progress Energy Service Company’s (Progress Energy) Optimized Energy Value Chain project involves the deployment of advanced metering and distribution automation systems. The project aims at reducing peak loads, overall energy use, and operations and maintenance costs while improving distribution system efficiency, reliability, and power quality. The project implements two-way communications to: (1) allow customers to view their energy consumption through a Web portal, and (2) allow Progress Energy to manage, measure, and verify targeted demand reductions during peak periods. New information and communications systems capture meter data for billing and future implementation of new pricing programs and service offerings. The project includes a distribution management system, automated switching, and integrated voltage and reactive power control to reduce line losses and improve service reliability. The project involves installation of advanced transmission systems including on-line monitoring equipment on key and “at-risk” transmission substations and transformer banks. The project includes installation of up to 600 electric vehicle charging stations in the Carolinas and Florida service territories to encourage use of electric vehicles.[3]


  • 160,000 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Meter Data Management System
  • Customer Web Portal Access for 160,000 customers
  • Up to 190,000 Direct Load Control Devices
  • Distribution Automation Equipment for 1,161 out of approximately 2,400 circuits
  • Distribution Management System
  • SCADA Communications Network
  • Automated Distribution Circuit Switches
  • Automated Capacitors
  • Automated Regulators
  • Circuit Monitors/Indicators
  • Up to 600 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Targeted Benefits

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


  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 Progress Energy Award
  3. Project Information Page