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CURRENT Group and Beckwith Electric to Deliver Grid Optimization Solutions to Blue Grass Energy

Blue Grass Energy has selected technology partners CURRENT and Beckwith Electric to demonstrate integrated Volt/VAR Control and Dynamic Voltage Optimization solutions that will enable Blue Grass Energy to reduce technical losses, optimize feeder voltage profiles and reduce system load through advanced voltage optimization automation.

Blue Grass Energy is a member of the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), which is also sponsoring the project by providing funding and technical resources.

CURRENT will be providing its intelligent grid sensors and its OpenGrid software platform that features Volt/VAR Control and Dynamic Voltage Optimization using Dynamic Measurement and Verification through a real-time power flow and grid state estimation engine. The CURRENT applications will use Beckwith Electric’s regulator controls and capacitor bank controls to enable command and control of distribution system devices.

The integrated CURRENT and Beckwith grid optimization solution being piloted at Blue Grass Energy is designed to be rapidly deployable and can be deployed on a substation by substation or application by application basis or as an enterprise wide solution in both the public power and investor-owned utility market segments.

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