Xcel Energy has announced that construction has begun on SmartGridCity, a project based in Boulder, Colo., that will provide customers with a portfolio of smart-grid technologies designed to provide environmental, financial and operational benefits.
‘We're on our way toward building the grid of the future and making SmartGridCity a reality,’ says Dick Kelly, Xcel's chairman, president and CEO. ‘In SmartGridCity, our customers will have more information, including the tools to communicate directly with us, and will choose when and how they use their energy based on price, generating resource or convenience.’
Phase I, which is scheduled to be completed, is the demonstration phase – initial installations will take place to test capabilities and gauge customer reaction. Phase II, which will run from September to December 2009, will be a full deployment phase to a broader customer base.
Xcel Energy and its partners have started installing the high-speed communications network and smart-grid sensing equipment necessary for deploying SmartGridCity, which will enable two-way communication between customers and the utility. The company has also ordered approximately 15,000 Landis+Gyr smart meters, which will be installed by August.
SOURCE: Xcel Energy