Utilidata, National Grid announce Volt/VAR optimization project

National Grid will install Utilidata’s Volt/VAR optimization technology – AdaptiVolt – on the electric system in Clifton Park, enabling the utility to capture energy savings from the electric grid without requiring any action from customers

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Utilidata struck a partnership in Clifton Park, New York with National Grid intended to deliver energy savings to electric customers in the town as part of the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Demand Reduction Demonstration Project.

National Grid will install Utilidata’s Volt/VAR optimization technology – AdaptiVolt – on the electric system in Clifton Park, enabling the utility to capture energy savings from the electric grid without requiring any action from customers.

“The REV demonstration project in Clifton Park is designed to test a variety of innovative solutions to reduce demand and improve the efficiency of the electric distribution system in Clifton Park,” said Carlos Nouel, National Grid’s vice president of new energy solutions. “The benefit of Utilidata’s AdaptiVolt technology is that we can enable savings for all customers by optimizing voltage.”

Utilidata’s AdaptiVolt solution leverages real-time information from the distribution grid to optimize the delivery of electric power. By optimizing distribution delivery voltages, the technology helps to reduce energy usage at customer locations. In addition, the technology can improve the overall distribution reactive demand, and thereby reduce losses and save energy as electricity travels through the electric distribution system. Unlike traditional energy efficiency measures, this enables the utility to save energy without customer action and those savings can be passed on to all customers.

“With our technology, we expect to help National Grid achieve a three percent reduction in energy demand,” said Josh Brumberger, Utilidata’s Chief Commercial Officer. “In Clifton Park, that equates to an annual savings of more than 5.99 million kilowatt hours thereby avoiding over 4,216 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Working together, we’ll provide distribution system insights that improve reliability and power quality for local residents.”

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