in News Departments > FYI
print the content item

Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy and its technology partners have completed meter and substation installations for part of Xcel's SmartGridCity in Boulder, Colo. The first meters are active and two-way communication between the customer and the utility company is a reality.

Xcel has installed 82 miles of fiber optic cable, which enables the two-way communication. By the end of the year, the utility will have more than 13,000 homes enabled with smart meters. By mid-2009, another 10,000 meters will be available for installation at the customer's request.

In addition, two substations in Boulder have been upgraded with smart technology. According to Xcel, the substations can automatically detect, isolate and restore electricity load when an outage occurs.

The utility says the smart substations allow remote monitoring of substation environmental factors, such as variable wind speeds. This information will allow the company to reduce the impact of outages by using predictive technologies to prevent outages from occurring and isolation technologies to reduce the duration of the outage event. By mid-2009, three additional substations in Boulder will be upgraded with smart grid enabled technologies.

SOURCE: Xcel Energy


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Recapping The Wind Industry's Third-Quarter Deals

Mercom Capital Group recaps investment and merger and acquisition activity during July, August and September.


Yearly Installed Capacity Figures Already Beat 2013 Numbers, More Wind On The Way: AWEA

While the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) lobbies Congress to extend the production tax credit, the association notes wind projects now under construction signal a vibrant 2015.


Yahoo Inks Contract To Buy Kansas Wind Power

The Internet company plans to log in to the Alexander wind project, which is being built by community developer OwnEnergy.


Could Initial Offshore Wind Projects Crash New England's REC Market?

Some are concerned that the first offshore wind projects could negatively impact pricing of renewable energy credits (RECs) in New England.


Catching Up With The DOE's Down-Select Offshore Winners

The three recipients of key U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding provide updates on their offshore wind demonstration projects.

Canwea_id1984
Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Renewable NRG_id1934