Tri State Electric Membership Corporation Smart Grid Project

From Open Energy Information

Tri State Electric Membership Corporation, located in McCaysville, Georgia, will receive $1.1 million in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Tri State Electric Membership Corporation as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

Tri State Electric Membership Corporation’s (TSEMC) Smart Grid project involves the installation of new smart meters, supporting communication infrastructure, and advanced service programs for customers. The project implements two-way communication and utility applications to: 1) enable customers to view their energy consumption at their convenience through the customer Web portal, 2) provide time-based rate programs to customers, 3) provide information and tools to improve outage management, and 4) reduce operations and maintenance costs.[3]


  • 15,000 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Web Portal Access for 18,000 Customers

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Costs from Theft
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions


  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tri-State Award
  3. Project Information Page