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South Mississippi Electric Power Association

Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Associated Smart Grid Investments for Rural Mississippi


South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA), a generation and transmission cooperative, deployed an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system to benefit not only SMEPA but also five of its member distribution cooperatives: Coast Electric Power Association (Coast), Magnolia Electric Power Association (Magnolia), Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association (Pearl River), Southern Pine Electric Power Association (Southern Pine), and Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association (Southwest). The AMI system has enabled two-way communication between SMEPA and its member cooperatives' substation meters and between the member cooperatives and their customers' meters. Additionally, three of the member cooperatives (Magnolia, Southwest, and Pearl River) implemented supervisory control and data acquisition systems.

Contact Information

Roger Smith
Director Wholesale Services

David Blackledge
Manager Wholesale Services Programs

Recipient: South Mississippi Electric Power Association
HQ State: Mississippi
Total Budget: $59,794,448
Federal Share: $29,804,550
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Targeted Benefits:
  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Costs from Distribution Line Losses and Theft
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions

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