Benefits of a Smart Meter
Smart meters offer two-way communications between the
meter and LIPA. Benefits include:
- Improved service to you by alerting us to problems
on the electric system - we can restore service faster
or even prevent problems in the first place.
- Automatic, remote meter readings - no estimated
bills or waiting for a meter read.
- More detailed usage information so that you can better
understand your energy usage.
Planning for the Future. Moving
We all need electricity.
That need is only increasing with more flat screen TVs,
smart phones, tablets, and other must have gadgets.
Today, the average Long Island household uses 20% more electricity than as
recently as the late 1990s.
To meet our energy needs and
reliability expectations, our electric grid must keep
up. That’s why the Long Island Power Authority
(LIPA), Farmingdale State College, and
are working together on a better path for
Long Island’s energy future. Our Smart
Energy Corridor Project will study how new
technology can improve service, save energy, control
costs, and support new jobs.
This “Smart Grid” project,
along the Route 110 business corridor, is supported by a
$12.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy
and matching funding from Farmingdale, Stony Brook and LIPA. The Route 110
corridor was approved by the DOE as it is a major
economic hub for Long Island with a highly developed,
compact area that has a large number of commercial,
industrial, and residential customers.
of its electric usage as well as demographic profile, it
is typical of other hubs in New York State and
elsewhere, particularly in the areas surrounding New
York City. Approval for funding from the DOE was
partly based on the ability to apply what we learn from
the Smart Energy Corridor Project to other regions.
The Smart Energy Corridor
Project is a collaborative research effort to learn how
Smart Grid technology can benefit our community.
Key features include:
By using newly available data and ways to interact
with energy consumers, we will help encourage better
energy decisions that lead to more efficient and
cost-effective energy use.
A Smart Grid uses two-way communication to provide
more and better data in real time to increase
reliability and efficiency.
improved electric system with lower costs and fewer
for electric customers and reduced environmental
Both schools will conduct public awareness and
educational initiatives to help Long Islanders
understand the benefits of Smart Grid technologies.
RESULT: An informed and empowered society.
Cutting-edge technology will be demonstrated in
real-world simulations on the campus of Farmingdale
State College. This includes new power sources,
Smart Meters, customer-friendly energy management
tools, and support for plug-in hybrid electric
RESULT: Consumer-friendly ways to
help manage energy costs.
Both Farmingdale and Stony Brook will conduct
training for Smart Grid technologies and clean
energy jobs. Stony Brook will use its economic
development resources on the opportunities emerging
from the project, to create new businesses and new
A boost to Long Island’s
A computer on the other side of the world can be one
of the most daunting threats facing our energy
infrastructure. Stony Brook will develop procedures
and technical controls to prevent, deter, and
increase resilience to cyber-attacks.
RESULT: Protection of our communities.
Long Island Power
LIPA leads and
coordinates the Smart Energy Corridor Project and
reports project results and impact to the Department
of Energy. Our efforts also include:
- Install “Smart”
equipment in three substations along the
corridor to provide automatic switching to
reduce outages and to monitor and control the
performance of circuits
- Installation of
smart meters at approximately 2,300 customer
locations to detect outages and provide energy
information to customers
- Provide a new Time
of Use pricing plan, customer web tools, and
mobile app to encourage consumption behavior
LIPA will study how
automation and communication technologies from the
substation to the home or business can be used to
reduce the number and duration of outages and
increase reliability and how these technologies can
help consumers manage their energy usage and cost.
For more information on
LIPA’s work on Smart Grid, click
LIPA's Smart Meter
Farmingdale State College
Farmingdale State College
will create the first “Smart Energy Campus” which
could serve as a model for other educational
environments. Farmingdale will:
- Exhibit to the community
full-scale operating models demonstrating Smart
Grid technologies in both commercial and
- Create occupational
training for the emerging jobs in the Smart Grid
and renewable energy industries
- Retrofit an existing
facility to demonstrate the integration of
plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (“PHEV”) as a
potential source of stored energy within a local
network. They will use this facility to
train Smart Grid and green jobs of the future,
e.g., to support smart meter and renewable
installations and maintenance by electricians
- Demonstrate the potential
benefits of managing electricity consumption and costs
through smart metering in a commercial setting
- Demonstrate customer-side tools
to control a portion of its campus
- Install a campus-wide energy management system to automate monitoring and control energy usage
- Install distributed renewable generation to demonstrate integration into a local AMI-enabled network to reduce overall energy
requirements and shave the peak while supporting local reliability. Alternative generation will include:
- Small scale wind turbines
- Fuel cell
- Residential battery storage
- Solar charging of electric vehicles
For more information on Farmingdale State
College’s work on Smart Grid, click here.
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook will leverage its research
- Develop tools to help consumers
visually understand their energy consumption and more
easily change their energy consumption behavior
- Conduct public education ranging
from town hall meetings to accredited courses on Smart
- Utilize its business incubation
programs to develop and commercialize Smart Grid related
products to create additional jobs and economic
development in the area
- Create a test suite that will
support emerging Smart Grid cyber security standards and
compatibility with the National Institute of Standards
and Technology’s (NIST) emerging Smart Grid framework
for standards and protocols
- Utilize the test suite to
identify security weaknesses in Smart Grid hardware,
software, and systems, and to develop technical
controls, policies and procedures to prevent or foil
- Explore mechanisms to use data
made available by the Smart Energy Corridor Project and
Smart Grid technologies for the benefit of customers,
utilities and society in the future
- Enhance load forecasting,
optimization of distributed renewable generation,
improved and dynamic phase balancing, and advanced
voltage control using information supply by the Smart
For more information on Stony Brook University’s work on Smart
Grid, click here.