Building on its experience with smart grid applications, OMNETRIC Group, the Siemens and Accenture joint venture dedicated to the development and delivery of integrated smart grid solutions, has entered into a strategic partnership with DVI, the Virginia-based smart grid analytics and control software subsidiary of Dominion Resources.
Together, the two companies will expand the deployment and integration of DVI’s EDGE voltage optimization and Volt/VAR optimization solution, helping utilities to measure customer voltages using advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and other sensor networks to make real-time control decisions.
“DVI is thrilled about this new collaboration and the opportunity to work closely with OMNETRIC Group to expand our reach across the grid optimization market,” said Todd Headlee, executive director of DVI. “By deploying EDGE through the industry-leading information technology and operational expertise of OMNETRIC Group, we are able to expand the platform to utilities on a much greater scale. In addition to managing voltage via EDGE® for reliability, energy efficiency and demand reduction, this strategic partnership also lays the foundation for integrating distributed generation, helping to manage the growing complexity of these energy resources on the grid. For example, together we are helping utilities integrate solar and electric vehicles to keep pace with demand.”
“DVI and OMNETRIC Group share a common vision around an electric grid where intelligence is distributed,” said Wade Malcolm, CEO of OMNETRIC Group for North America. “The EDGE platform demonstrates distributed intelligence in action. Leveraging its open architecture, OMNETRIC Group can help utilities implement DVI’s EDGE solution and take control closer to the grid edge. With greater visibility of what is happening, the solution can enable improved performance of the devices they are managing— potentially running the device closer to its operational limit— and respond faster to changing conditions.”