From the Environmental Leader: PPL Electric Utilities has launched a smart-grid project in Pennsylvania that will enable the utility to add renewable energy, improve reliability, and give customers the ability to control their power use.

PPL Electric is using GE’s distribution management system, which includes network management software that will allow the utility to monitor and control the status, performance and interaction of equipment throughout its grid. With the new system, PPL Electric will be able to fix potential problems before they occur, minimizing the frequency and duration of power outages, says GE.

The system also provides renewable energy integration solutions that enable PPL Electric to tap into power generated by rooftop solar panels and wind turbines to reduce Pennsylvania’s CO2 emissions that come from electricity generation.