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Conservation Voltage Reduction System Optimizes Voltage Levels

Silver Spring Networks has unveiled UtilityIQ Voltage Optimizer, a turnkey conservation voltage reduction solution for utilities to optimize voltage levels across their smart grids. This new solution, in conjunction with Dominion Voltage Inc’s EDGE software, leverages real-time, premise-level smart grid data to understand voltage levels across the distribution network and dynamically adjust grid devices to minimize energy waste. UtilityIQ Voltage Optimizer uses the distributed intelligence throughout the standards-based Silver Spring Smart Energy Platform to unlock even more value from utilities’ existing smart grid investments – delivering up to double the energy savings.

The UtilityIQ Voltage Optimizer solution leverages the distributed intelligence of Silver Spring Communications Modules already deployed across the network, thus requiring no new voltage sensors throughout the grid. UtilityIQ Voltage Optimizer combines real-time voltage level alerts from UtilityIQ Power Monitor with polled data from UtilityIQ Advanced Metering Manager. Together, these data create a holistic understanding of at-premise voltage levels throughout the distribution network. Dominion Voltage Inc.’s EDGE software, which is fully integrated into the solution, then analyzes that data to identify areas where it can tune Distribution Automation (DA) devices and optimize voltage levels. Silver Spring and Dominion Voltage Inc. closely collaborated to develop the integrated solution as part of the Silver Spring Partner Program.

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