Chatham, ON – July 8, 2015 – Entegrus, together with Varentec™, a leader in Grid Edge Control, announces the first successful installations in Canada of a technology that will improve voltage stability, customer satisfaction and energy savings on the electrical grid.
Entegrus is running a pilot project with Varentec’s Grid Edge Management System (GEMS™). This solution is sponsored by the Ministry of Energy and funded in part through its Smart Grid Fund initiative, and is being deployed on the Entegrus power grid to manage dynamic voltage variations, which will increase the ability to add renewable energy to the grid, and improve power quality.
“Entegrus has deployed this new technology as a pilot in the community of Erieau,” stated Matthew Meloche, System Planning Engineer at Entegrus. “Erieau presents nearly perfect conditions of a community that will benefit the most from such technology, namely, its distance from the transformer station and the presence of renewable generation.”
Meloche explains that the voltage of the grid could be visually compared to the plumbing in a house. “In some cases, when you run water in one area of the house, you will lose water pressure elsewhere. In this scenario, this system is like adding a pressure tank to your house. Now when water is running in both places, for example, you shouldn’t notice any difference in pressure. These improvements should help smooth out any “bumps” in the electrical system.”
This cost-effective solution has been demonstrated by Varentec in multiple electric utilities in the USA, Mexico and Australia, and this is the first deployment in Canada.
“This project is being achieved with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Energy, to advance innovative Smart Grid technologies at electric utility companies in Canada,” said Guillaume DuFosse, CEO of Varentec.
“The Entegrus pilot is being monitored closely by many in the industry. Other electric utilities are very interested in this solution, and will look to replicate our success,” stated Meloche.
The result is as much as a 5% energy reduction while decreasing operating costs through reduced system losses, increasing power quality on the entire feeder permitting increasing PV solar deployment, resulting in fewer customer concerns.