South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation Smart Grid Project

From Open Energy Information

South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Cooperation, located in Somerset, Kentucky, will receive $9.5 million in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected South Kentucky Rural Electric as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

The South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation‘s (SKRECC) project includes the installation of a fully integrated advanced metering system across the service territory. The installation includes smart meters, enhanced communications infrastructure, in-home displays, and direct load control devices. The project implements two-way communications and utility applications to: 1) allow customers to view their energy consumption at their convenience through the customer Web portal and in-home displays, 2) allow SKRECC to manage, measure, and verify targeted demand reduction, 3) provide the utility with automated notifications indicating the scope and location of customer outages, and 4) reduce operational costs. [3]


  • 68,000 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Meter Data Management System
  • Customer Web Portal Access
  • Up to 500 In-Home Displays/Energy Management Systems
  • About 7,500 Direct Load Control Devices

Targeted Benefits

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


  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 South Kentucky Award
  3. Project Information Page