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Bangor Hydro will proceed with Smart Grid Initiative

October 27, 2009 - TRC - By Susan Faloon

Bangor Hydro Electric Company intends to proceed with plans to bring Smart Grid advancements to its electricity customers despite learning today that the company was not awarded federal stimulus funding.

Bangor Hydro plans to build on the company’s existing smart meters, which are already deployed to 97% of its customers and used for automated meter reading and outage detection. Bangor Hydro is the only Maine utility currently using this technology, which is the foundation for additional customer-focused Smart Grid tools that will provide customers the ability to make more informed choices to manage their energy consumption.

Bangor Hydro submitted its Smart Grid proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy in August 2009, in a highly-competitive bidding process that yielded more than 400 applications from utilities across the United States. Only 100 of those proposals were selected for funding.

“We are pleased to hear that Central Maine Power Company has been awarded funding to update its meters,” says Kim Wadleigh, Vice President of Distribution Operations, Information and Support Services at Bangor Hydro, “so that even more Maine electricity consumers can see the benefit of this technology.”

Bangor Hydro Electric Company (BHE) is an electric utility wholly-owned by Emera Inc. BHE serves a population of 192,000 in an area encompassing 5,275 square miles in eastern and east coastal Maine. BHE is a member of the New England Power Pool and is interconnected with other New England utilities to the south and with the New Brunswick Power Corp. to the north. Visit us at

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