In the US, Tennessee-based municipal utility, Athens Utilities Board, has selected smart grid solutions firm OATI to improve management of grid voltage.
The Utilities Board commissioned OATI’s webCVR solution to ensure real-time control of voltage levels on the main grid.
The aim is to reduce system peak demand and decrease expenditures on wholesale power purchase, manage reactive power issues, and reduce system losses.
The solution possesses capabilities that Athens Utilities Board will use to forecast future periods of high demand in order to trigger voltage control events and avoid outages.
The solution provider claims that webCVR helps reduce voltage usage through changes on target distribution circuits between 3% and 5%.
The technology is able to manage load on a network with 40,000 meters and below.
Sasan Mokhtari, President and CEO of OATI, said: “We are proud to support AUB and provide our utility customers the ability to help decrease voltage consumption with lasting economic benefits.”