National Grid and Utilidata Create “Smart Grid” Partnership
NEC member National Grid recently announced a “smart grid” partnership with Utilidata that will bring increased efficiency and reliability to electricity customers in Rhode Island.
National Grid has completed a pilot program using Utilidata’s AdaptiVolt™ software technology, which uses data to optimize voltage delivery, leading to an increase in efficiency. The pilot program shows an expected reduction of energy usage of 6.6 gigawatt hours annually for 16,000 customers. The technology will lead to energy saving which can be passed on to the consumers without requiring any changes in their electricity usage.
“While many of our customers may never know about the Volt/VAR technology we’re installing on the electric grid, they will see the impact of it at the end of the day in the form of energy savings,” said Timothy F. Horan, President and COO of National Grid Rhode Island. “Another reason we are excited about working with Utilidata is their commitment to innovation. They are leveraging the data they extract to develop applications to make the energy grid more secure, which is key as we transition to a more integrated, modern distribution grid. National Grid is committed to providing our customers safe, reliable and affordable power that is well-defended against the threat of cyberattack.”
The New England Council congratulates National Grid on this partnership and for finding innovative ways to increase energy efficiency. Read more in the press release and in the Providence Business News.