Landis+Gyr, Central Lincoln PUD Sign Agreement for Dynamic Voltage Management
ATLANTA, Dec. 19, 2012
ATLANTA, Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Central Lincoln People's Utility
District, a leading Oregon electric utility, has signed an agreement with
Landis+Gyr to deploy a voltage management solution designed to deliver
improved grid-side energy efficiency.
The agreement establishes a demonstration project with Central Lincoln using
EDGE(SM) CVR software, from DVI, in conjunction with Landis+Gyr's Gridstream^®
RF advanced metering network to monitor and adjust distribution circuit
voltage. Using detailed voltage information from Landis+Gyr meters, the EDGE
software will allow the utility to reduce voltage levels, targeting the most
efficient band of the required voltage range, thereby conserving electricity.
"After recently completing our Gridstream advanced meter deployment, we've
been investigating ways to extend the value of our smart grid systems. Voltage
management has a number of benefits as both a way to increase energy
efficiency and improve power quality," said Bruce Lovelin, Chief
Engineer/Systems Engineering Manager at Central Lincoln. "We look forward to
demonstrating real energy and cost savings with this project."
This voltage management solution allows utilities to automate control of
voltage at the substation level using a SCADA system to control voltage
regulators, load tap changers and capacitor banks via the Gridstream network.
The EDGE software package also provides validation of energy savings using
statistical analysis of baseline voltage data compared to voltage data for a
managed voltage period under similar operating conditions.
The demonstration project was approved for funding by the Bonneville Power
Administration, a federal nonprofit agency that markets wholesale
hydroelectric power, operates high voltage transmission lines, and promotes
energy efficiency in the Pacific Northwest. Central Lincoln is working with
BPA to certify Central Lincoln's proposed method for validating voltage
savings with the Gridstream-enabled EDGE solution.
"With Gridstream, Central Lincoln has the ability to monitor premise-level
voltage data within minutes from every Landis+Gyr meter," said Kent Hedrick,
Director of Distribution Grid Management at Landis+Gyr. "Combining that
information with the analytical controls in the EDGE product provides a
leading-edge solution for significant energy savings from precision managed
voltage reduction, as well as the ability to improve power factor and overall
Central Lincoln People's Utility District is Oregon's fourth-largest electric
utility, serving approximately 55,000 people in portions of Douglas, Coos,
Lane, and Lincoln counties.
Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management
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growth platform of the Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502) and 40% owned by the
Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, operates in 30 countries across five
continents, and employs 5,000 people with the sole mission of helping the
world manage energy better. More information is available at landisgyr.com.
DVI, a Dominion Resources company, was established to bring to market
Dominion's unique approach to Energy Distribution & Grid Efficiency. Our
solutions plan, manage, and validate your investments in grid-optimization
while delivering significant energy savings.
Contact: Dan Jacobson, Landis+Gyr, +1-218-562-5195, firstname.lastname@example.org
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