Glasgow Electric Plant Board

Glasgow Electric Plant Board

The Glasgow Electric Plant Board provides power and other utilities to some 15,000 people in Glasgow, Kentucky. The utility partnered with the University of Louisville to introduce, and study the impact of, advanced technologies targeted at improving energy usage efficiency. 

Among other things, hundreds of homes and small businesses were outfitted with smart thermostats, allowing them to use less energy during peak hours for heating and cooling. 

Some homes were also outfitted with residential battery storage systems, which can be controlled to charge at night or when demand is low. These resources can also dispatch that stored energy during peak demand to further reduce consumption.

"We were able to lessen the individual's electric bill during peak hours," said Dr. Michael McIntyre, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the U of L J.B. Speed School of Engineering. 

William J. Ray, superintendent of the Glasgow Electric Plant Board, said working with the University of Louisville allowed his small, municipally-owned utility to punch well above its weight class in terms of innovation. 

"Without our partnership with U of L, we would have been unable to submit a winning proposal to do the Smart Energy Technology work requested by TVA," he said. "The partnership with U of L allows a small utility with big ideas, to follow proper research procedures and will allow our results to be examined and verified using the scientific protocols that only a leading research facility like U of L can accomplish."

The partnership with U of L allows a small utility with big ideas, to follow proper research procedures and will allow our results to be examined and verified using the scientific protocols that only a leading research facility like U of L can accomplish.
— William J. Ray, superintendent of the Glasgow Electrical Power Board