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In the US, Californian municipal utility Glendale Water & Power (GW&P) has signed a licensing deal with American grid tech company Dominion Voltage (DVI) to add EDGE advanced grid optimisation solution to its existing advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system to improve energy savings for customers.

Steve Zurn, general manager at Glendale Water & Power, commented on the agreement: “DVI’s patented approach to effectively plan, manage, and validate energy savings is the ideal solution for a new energy efficiency program at GW&P.

“Pending a successful pilot, we look forward to adopting this as part of our overall energy efficiency portfolio.”

EDGE claims to deliver grid-side energy efficiencies to both the utility and its customers by optimising the distribution system voltage.

It integrates into a utility’s existing IT infrastructure and can obtain voltage readings from the AMI system.

Smart grid funding

Glendale Water & Power generates, transmits, and distributes electricity to 85,358 residential, commercial, and industrial customers.

The city-owned utility, which also provides water to close to 34,000 customers,  was the first utility to sign up for a US Department of Energy (DOE) grant to receive $20 million for their smart grid project.

The energy-efficiency project is supported by the DOE through GW&P’s smart grid grant.

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