Toolbox Entry: Distribution Automation: Results from the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program

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Last edited on 27/11/2022 by Hector Alfaro
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General Information

ID Number
Main Author
U.S Department of Energy
Publication Year
Type of Entry
Study Report
Active management of distribution grid
  • Monitoring Solutions
  • Control Solutions
  • Smart grids (AMI, smart meters, etc.) increase

Operation and Maintenance
  • Distribution transformer health

Which of the above categories best describe the material
Operation and Maintenance
Geographical Scope of the Publication
United States of America

Reference project name
The Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) Program

Across the United States, more than 6 million miles of distribution lines and more than 200,000 distribution circuits provide the critical link between the bulk power grid and 160 million electricity customers.1 Distribution automation (DA) uses digital sensors and switches with advanced control and communication technologies to automate feeder switching; voltage and equipment health monitoring; and outage, voltage, and reactive power management. Automation can improve the speed, cost, and accuracy of these key distribution functions to deliver reliability improvements and cost savings to customers. This report shares key results from the 62 SGIG projects implementing DA technologies and also documents lessons learned on technology installation and implementation strategies. With this report, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) aims to further accelerate grid modernization by helping decision makers better assess the benefits and costs of DA investments and learn from leading edge utilities.