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DVI solution boosts energy efficiency for Canadian utility

Dominion Voltage Inc. (DVI), a unit of Dominion Energy announced its latest project with Lethbridge Electric Utility (LEU) of Alberta, Canada to enhance energy efficiency and lower customer bills without the use of additional customer-end hardware or behavioral changes.

In 2011, the city of Lethbridge commissioned LEU to begin implementing an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) program. Upon completion of this program in May 2017, LEU began researching technologies that could maximize the recent AMI investment to increase energy savings and improve environmental outcomes, such as a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

“Choosing a Volt/Var (VVO) solution that takes full advantage of our investment in AMI was very important to us,” said Stewart Purkis, electric utility manager-LEU. “The EDGE solution allows our team to have full visibility of voltage readings at each customer location and thereby drive maximum results. DVI has a well-proven product and their team took the time to listen to our goals and support our needs.”

“It is very rewarding to see an electric utility so passionate about bringing benefits to its customers, to the environment, and to their distribution grid by implementing an AMI-enabled VVO program,” said Todd Headlee, executive director-DVI. “DVI is passionate about working with Lethbridge Electric to launch a project that is likely to be a model for this region in Canada.”

A working group comprised of each of Alberta’s Distribution Facility Operators is following the outcomes of the project to consider future expansion to their utilities across the province.

In addition, in support of LEU’s VVO deployment, Alberta Innovates, a provincially-funded corporation, has partnered with the city of Lethbridge to help achieve provincial energy efficiency goals and promote technology-driven job creation in Canada’s dynamic energy sector.