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While Texas is the largest petroleum refiner in the U.S, it also produces more than three times the natural gas than any other state.  Texas is also a leader in wind energy production. – Department of Energy





State Energy Conservation Office
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
111 E. 17th Street
11th Floor
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512.463.1931
Fax: 512.475.2569
Website: www.seco.cpa.state.tx.us

William (Dub) E. Taylor

Lisa Elledge
Stimulus Program Manager

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Utility engineer


AEP Texas

HQ: 539 North Carancahua Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78478-0044

American Electric Power (AEP) Texas began installing smart meters to its nearly 1,000,000 electric customers in October 2009. AEP Texas plans to complete the entire installation by 2013. For its smart grid initiative, AEP chose Landi+Gyr’s Gridstream RF smart grid network. Also, MET Laboratories is testing the smart meters from AEP Texas for accuracy at different temperature and load conditions. More >>

Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies

HQ: 816 Congress Avenue, Ste. 1260
Austin, Texas 78701

This project addresses the fluctuations in wind power in the large Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) transmission grid through better system monitoring capabilities, enhanced operator visualization, and improved load management. The project started in 2010 and includes the installation of synchrophasors to enhance monitoring of grid conditions as variable wind resources move through the system, and the use of integrated Smart Grid technologies, including household and community battery storage, smart meters and appliances, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and homes equipped with 1-3 kW solar photovoltaics. More >>

CenterPoint Energy

HQ: 1111 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77002

CenterPoint Energy, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, has been awarded $200M in funding to improve the current smart meter project and begin building a smart grid. The project started in 2010 and CenterPoint has plans to complete the installation of 2.2 million smart meters and further strengthen the reliability and self-healing properties of the grid by installing more than 550 sensors and automated switches that will help protect against system disturbances like natural disasters. More >>

CPS Energy

HQ: San Antonio, Texas
Contact Information:
Anthony Hawkins
Director - System Measurement & Technology
CPS Energy

CPS Energy provides electric service to over 700,000 customers and natural gas service to over 300,000 customers. In June 2010, CPS Energy selected Landis+Gyr to deploy the Gridstream smart grid solution for its electric and natural gas customers in San Antonio. The goal is to complete the deployment by 2015. More >>

Denton County Electric Cooperative d/b/a CoServ Electric

HQ: 7701 South Stemmons Freeway
Corinth, TX 76210-1842

Denton County Electric Cooperative was awarded $17.2 million in federal funds to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy chose Denton County Electric Cooperative as one of 100 companies selected nationwide as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The smart grid initiative began in 2010 and calls for the installation of a 140,000 smart meter network that includes meters, two-way communications, computer systems, and a distribution network that will provide accurate, timely information about customer electricity consumption. More >>

El Paso Electric

HQ: 100 N. Stanton
El Paso, Texas 79901

El Paso Electric received $1 million in stimulus funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Its smart grid project will install distribution automation to increase the monitoring and control of the distribution system and improve power restoration during emergencies. More >>

Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc.

HQ: 905 South Fillmore, Suite 220
Amarillo, TX 79101-3541

Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc., was awarded $20 million in funding to develop a smarter, more efficient energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy chose Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc. as one of 100 companies nationwide to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The project started in 2010 and aims to install a network of 70,000 smart meters and associated smart grid equipment, including communication devices in substations and an enhanced cyber security system, that will help manage grid data and quickly restore power following outages. More >>

Oncor (Dallas area - pka TXU)

HQ: Dallas, Texas
Contact Information:
Email: contactcenter@oncor.com
Inquiries - 1.888.313.6862

Oncor Energy Delivery, serving electric customers in the Northern Texas area, plans to install more than 3 million smart meters by 2012. The company has joined with Landis+Gyr which provides the utility’s advanced meter system roll out with its GridStream solution. It has also selected Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution, Inc and Intergraph to integrate its outage, mobile workforce and distribution management systems. More >>

Reliant Energy Retail Services, LLC

HQ: 1000 Main St.,
Houston, TX 77002-6336

Reliant Energy Retail Services, LLC, received $19.9 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. The stimulus funds will be used to install a suite of smart meter products, enabling customers to manage their electricity usage, promote energy efficiency, and lower overall energy costs. More >>

South Plains Electric Cooperative

HQ: Lubbock, Texas
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South Plains Electric Co-operative (SPEC) started its smart meter program in 1996. As of May 2009, there were 34,285 smart meters connected. This is 75 percent of SPEC's total. The cooperative has projected the smart meter installation completion to all its 46,000 customers by 2014. SPEC's smart meter implementation for the smart grid allows the utility to cut down its operating costs as well as effectively manage outages. More >>



Austin Energy participating in remote monitoring initiative

2/15/11: Renew Grid

Acuity Brands, a provider of energy-efficient lighting and control solutions, says it has been selected to supply its ROAM remote monitoring system for a street lighting upgrade project in Austin, Texas. The company's ROAM monitoring system combines photo-control technology with wireless monitoring and control capabilities and will be used as part of the city's outdoor lighting solution.

Gulf Coast wind farms spring up, as do worries

2/10/11: New York Times

On the 400,000-acre Kenedy Ranch along the southern Gulf Coast, the wind coming off the water nearly flattops the clusters of oak trees. Towering above the trees, above the long grasses, sand dunes, grazing cattle and the occasional antelope, are scores of wind turbines, each about as tall as a football field is long. “It’s always nice to be cranking,” said Daniel Pitts, who manages the wind plant for its owner, Iberdrola Renewables, as the blades spun in the breeze. The wind farm, which began operating in 2009 and doubled in size last year, reflects the new geography of wind power in Texas, the country’s leading wind state. The vast majority of Texas turbines have gone up in the west, harnessing fierce winds that sweep southward from the plains. But the West Texas projects have been hindered by a lack of transmission lines to carry the power.

Pecan Street project goes live

2/1/11: Renewable Energy World

Pecan Street Project Inc. has completed systems installation and has gone live with the first phase of its smart grid demonstration project in Austin's Mueller community. Deployed by Austin-based Incenergy LLC, the home smart grid systems capture minute-to-minute energy usage for the whole home and six major appliances or systems. The project achieved an installed cost per home of $341 ($241 for equipment plus $100 for installation).

Honeywell and CPS Energy expand Peak Saver demand response program

2/1/11: PR Newswire

Honeywell today announced it received a two-year extension to its contract with CPS Energy, managing installation and support services for the utility's Peak Saver demand response program. The program — available to residential, multi-family, and small commercial customers in the San Antonio, Texas, area — helps decrease electricity use when demand on the grid and production costs are at their highest. CPS Energy is able to stabilize fuel costs by reducing the need for additional power plants. In addition, participating homeowners receive a Honeywell UtilityPRO® touchscreen programmable thermostat, which can cut day-to-day energy costs up to 10 percent or more.



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