Sept. 15, 2015
U.S. Department of Energy
The smart grid brings increased operating efficiencies to the distribution grid. This is being proven in the Smart Grid Demonstration projects conducted by American Electric Power Ohio, Battelle Memorial Institute, Kansas City Power and Light, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, which provided a rare opportunity to do controlled experiments of the benefits of enhanced voltage control on the grid. Power quality and reliability is improved by voltage optimization. Energy efficiency applications such as conservation voltage reduction can then be safely implemented.