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MicroPlanet HVR Product Goes Live at Hood River Electric Cooperative

MicroPlanet Technology Corp., a developer of distributed- energy technologies to improve electric power grid reliability and efficiency has announced the completion of a product deployment of the company's High-Voltage Regulators (HVR) at the Hood River Electric Cooperative.

Hood River Electric Cooperative, a U.S. Pacific Northwest utility serving 2500 customers, completed the installation phase of 25 MicroPlanet's HVR to maximize efficiency of its distribution system by regulating voltage to homes. The HVR is a point-of-consumption voltage regulator that is installed at the delivery interface between the electric grid and the utilities customer.

The installation is part of a multiyear initiative to improve the efficiency of the Pacific Northwest electric distribution system through a technology transfer program conducted by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. The Alliance program--called the Distribution Efficiency Initiative--is a non-profit group of electric utilities, state governments, public interest groups and efficiency industry representatives.

MicroPlanet's High Voltage Regulator provides an energy efficiency tool that can be rapidly deployed for peak load reduction, conservation and an interface for distributed generation such as fuel cells, wind turbines, solar devices or microturbines. The HVR reduces energy consumption by improving the efficiency of the existing connection to the utility distribution infrastructure and can help reduce operating and capital expenditures for electric utilities by reducing exposure to the spot market for power and offering a significantly lower cost alternative to traditional generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure.

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