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New York utility Con Edison has announced that it is beginning a $6 million smart grid pilot project in Long Island City, Queens. The location was chosen, ConEd said in its press release, because it has a "customer density mixture representative of other areas within the company's system." Here's what the pilot program will consist of:About 1,500 customers will receive smart meters -- which are the main component of ConEd's Advanced Metering Infrastructure. The AMI will allow automatic outage notification, remote meter reading, remote reconnection, and the ability to communicate energy usage information to web portals or in-home displays. 300 customers will test these web portals and in-home displays.
ConEd also announced that by the end of August it will file proposals with the Department of Energy for financing of $375 million in further smart grid projects.