DVI starts up voltage-optimization pilot for NV Energy


Dominion Voltage Inc (DVI), a grid optimization subsidiary of Dominion Resources, announced this week that a voltage-optimization pilot went live this month in Las Vegas to help NV Energy execute on its smart grid strategy. The pilot will precisely control the voltage levels at five substations, encompassing about 60,000 customers in the Las Vegas metropolitan area with the goal of finding out the potential for energy savings and demand reduction based on conservation-based voltage adjustments, DVI said.

“The EDGE suite of products delivers savings to both the utility and the customer by optimizing the distribution system voltage,” said Todd Headlee, executive director of DVI, in prepared remarks. “It’s the ideal solution for achieving energy efficiency and the only solution available that uses AMI data for grid optimization.

“Using the AMI meter as the voltage sensor offers a distinct advantage over the other methods because it offers the highest level of reliable savings at the lowest cost,” he added.

DVI provides grid analytics and control technology for energy efficiency, DR, volt/VAR control and system reliability. Its patented approach plans, manages and validates utilities’ investments in grid optimization programs while delivering significant savings to both utilities and their customers, it added.