I had written about Boulder, CO becoming Xcel Energy’s first Smart Grid City just over one year ago. I followed that up with an update in May about the first few projects Xcel was working on. I went back to Xcel’s SmartGrid site today to see how things were going. The answer isn’t easy to come across. It looks like they spent some time last year laying out the plans, but not much time updating the site with progress to date or how their plans have shifted. There was this update back in August:
Xcel Energy and its technology partners are making significant progress in the installation of SmartGridCity. The first meters are active and two-way communication between the customer and the utility company is a reality. Xcel Energy has installed sensors and high-speed communications on approximately 82 miles of fiber optic cable. By the end of 2008, Xcel Energy will have more than 13,000 homes enabled with smart meters and by mid-2009, another 10,000 meters will be available for installation at the customer’s request.
Those numbers are down from what I wrote about back in May 2008:
15,000 homes should have brand new digital meters by Aug. 1 of this year. Xcel plans to install approximately 50,000 meters by year’s end.
23,000 by mid-2009 isn’t quite 65,000 meters by the end of 2009. Since then, I can’t tell what’s happened. Xcel tested some PHEVs in October. But no more news has surface as to the progress of the smart meters or the infrastructure installation. That’s kind of disappointing. Hopefully by this summer, more good news will be released.