Imagine a “smart” power delivery system that can instantly detect problems and automatically begin healing itself so that power is restored to your home in seconds. How about a delivery system that helps you save electricity and spend less?
Think about a system that helps in the fight against climate change by improving efficiency. Or one that opens the door to better, more efficient use of wind and solar power.
Can you imagine such a system? We have. We call it PPL Smart Grid.
Over the next several years, PPL Electric Utilities plans to transform its aging delivery system into a smarter, more efficient and more reliable network.
With the aid of a $19 million stimulus grant from the federal Department of Energy, we invested $38 million in this exciting project. We started in a 150-square-mile area in suburban Harrisburg, installing hundreds of automated electrical devices. We’re expanding to other areas in our service territory but the projects are expected to have benefits across the entire system.
No new power lines are needed for this project. It involves adding a high-speed communications network, a centralized computer systems known as a distribution management system, and sophisticated software. We’ll be able to react instantaneously to changes ranging from a subtle voltage drop to a power outage.
We’re already a nationwide leader in the use of advanced metering technology. This project will mark yet another step in our ongoing efforts to invest in technology that improves your electric service.