OATI Provides 2013 FECA Engineers Conference with Technical Review of Conservation Voltage Reduction

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Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI) describes efficient method of utilizing voltage regulators and capacitors to achieve power/energy demand reduction.

OATI presented its innovative approach to Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) with Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) at the annual Florida Electric Cooperatives Association (FECA) Engineers Conference.

FECA is the professional trade association that represents the collective interests of 17 electric cooperatives in Florida. The 2013 conference, which took place June 10–12, 2013 in Clearwater, FL, provided an opportunity for FECA utility engineering teams to observe the techniques OATI is using to implement cost-effective power and energy reduction through voltage regulation.

Dr. Ilya Roytelman, OATI Principal Engineer of Distribution Systems Applications, described how leveraging transformer Load Tap Changers (LTCs), step voltage regulators, and switchable capacitors with AMI measurements results in reducing feeder voltages and leads to substantial power and energy savings.

The practical application of CVR provides a form of Demand Response (DR) that does not require customer involvement. CVR’s economic and reliability benefits also include peak load reduction, feeder load management, variable generation balancing, and system balancing.

“Effective CVR has some truly unparalleled benefits, including lowering annual energy consumption by up to 4 percent, depending on the specific feeder. And the reduction of peak load is even higher,” said Dr. Roytelman, referring to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory report prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy. “By establishing the topological relation between AMI measured Service Voltages and Voltage Regulating Devices and Capacitors, CVR can provide an enormous return on investment.”

OATI provides innovative software solutions that simplify, streamline, and empower the operational tasks required in today’s energy commerce and Smart Grid. With more than 1,200 customers in North America, OATI successfully deploys large, complicated, and diverse mission-critical applications committed to industry standards and stringent NERC CIP guidelines.

OATI (http://www.oati.com) is a leading provider of Smart Grid, Energy Trading and Risk Management, Transmission Scheduling, Congestion Management, and Market Management products and services. OATI is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with an office in Redwood City, California. For more information, please contact sales(at)oati(dot)net.

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