Utilidata increase grid efficiency, integrate renewables for PG&E

Volt/Var optimization technology company Utilidata will work with Pacific Gas and Electric company (PG&E) on a Smart Grid Voltage and Reactive Optimization Pilot Program that aims to reduce energy use, better integrate intermittent sources of renewable energy like solar and improve the efficiency of the electric distribution system.

Utilidata’s digital platform captures real-time data from the electric grid and gives utilities information needed to save energy, mitigate issues caused by distributed energy resources, and better detect grid anomalies. Using the company’s AdaptiVolt technology, utilities like PG&E are able to adjust voltage and take customized control of system assets.

“PG&E has been embracing new technology and seeking ways to make the grid more interconnected for customers,” said Scott DePasquale, Chairman and CEO of Utilidata. “Together we are taking important steps to pilot and evaluate technology that will better integrate renewable resources like solar panels and improve the future of energy in California. We look forward to delivering innovative solutions to PG&E and its customers that provide unparalleled grid intelligence and deliver a three to five percent energy savings.”

Utilidata has more operational circuits with automated voltage control than any other company and a proven record of delivering up to 50 percent greater voltage reduction than conventional approaches. The company also works with American Electric Power (AEP) across multiple states and National Grid in Rhode Island, and is expanding into Asia and the Middle East.

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