Monday, September 24, 2012
VOLT/VAR OPTIMIZATION = SMART GRID WINNER
Next to automated outage management, I think that Volt/VAR optimization is the most valuable low hanging fruit for the Smart Grid. Not all smart meters can provide the necessary Volt/VAR data, but that shouldn't be a big problem because utilities can deploy bellwether monitors at appropriate locations.
The benefits of Volt/VAR optimization can be significant and include peak demand reduction, energy conservation, loss reduction, power quality improvement, increased equipment life for utilities and consumers.
Eventually Volt/VAR data from throughout the distribution system will be necessary for real-time distribution system analysis and management.