DVI to deploy volt-var optimization for Oregon utility

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Following a successful pilot project, Central Lincoln People's Utility District of Oregon has selected grid DVI (a unit of Dominion), for a full deployment of DVI's Edge advanced volt-var optimization solution.

Through the adoption of DVI's Edge software, the Oregon electric utility is now able to target and deliver the optimal voltage range to its customers, thereby conserving electricity.

The initial CVR pilot for Central Lincoln began in the summer of 2013 and resulted in even greater-than-expected energy savings with no increase in load tap changer (LTC) movements. These savings were made possible by monitoring all the metering points throughout the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system and reducing the voltage with DVI's patented AMI-based approach to Volt-VAR Optimization.

Unlike traditional energy efficiency or demand-response programs, Edge technology provides the key to effectively and effortlessly lower the energy consumption of everyone on the electric distribution grid, without requiring any change in customer behavior. Measurement and verification of the energy savings is calculated within the Edge software, using methodology approved by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

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