Grid Edge Support & Efficiency

Resolve low voltage issues and improve grid efficiency

Peak Demand Reduction

Manage peak demand through Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR event) while maintaining optimal voltage levels

Energy Savings

Reduce energy consumption through Conservation Voltage Regulation (CVR 24/7/365) while maintaining optimal service voltage levels

Grid Edge Volt-VAR Control

Optimize reactive power (VAR) flow between Generation, Transmission, Distribution and manage grid voltage at distribution system level

High PV penetration

Support high PV penetration by reducing voltage volatility and injecting VARs dynamically at the Grid Edge

The Grid Edge Just Got Smarter

“Varentec’s solution presents a new way
for electric utilities to regulate lower
end-to-end feeder voltages and achieve
substantial energy efficiency savings and reduced cost.”

— Matthew Meloche
System Planning Manager, Entegrus

Grid Edge Volt-VAR Control

Varentec is a leading provider of Grid Edge Volt-VAR control solutions for municipal utilities, cooperatives and investor-owned utilities. Varentec empowers utilities with the hardware and software needed to increase customer satisfaction, grid efficiency, manage peak demand, reduce consumer energy consumption and effectively integrate renewable energy resources. Deployed on the consumer-side of the grid, Varentec’s ENGO dynamic VAR devices autonomously sense and regulate voltages by injecting dynamically reactive power at the Grid Edge. Coupled with Varentec’s proprietary GEMS™ software platform, utilities of all sizes gain unparalleled, real-time control, monitoring and visibility into power/energy usage and grid operation across the electrical distribution system.

Varentec Gives You Control At The Grid Edge

Grid Edge Support & Efficiency

Is your utility operating at higher voltages than what is needed—even though some consumers still experience low voltage problems? In addition to improving efficiency of the system, with Varentec’s ENGO+GEMS solution working on the Grid Edge, you can dynamically reduce the voltage volatility on the secondary side, improve the quality of supply and maintain a consistent voltage for the length of a distribution feeder.

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Grid Edge Volt-VAR Control

Grid Edge Volt-VAR Control is proven to deliver superior system-level benefits. With the use of distributed dynamic power electronic devices that operate at the grid edge, reactive power (VAR) flow is optimized at system level and utilities are realizing up to 7% reduction in voltage with no ANSI violations. Varentec’s ENGO+GEMS solution can be used to support transmission system stability and defer generation/transmission assets.

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Energy Savings

Traditional method of implementing a Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) program on electrical distribution system is to use primary equipment. Where tradition fails, innovation succeeds. Utilities can apply Varentec’s ENGO+GEMS solution to conserve energy—CVR implemented on a 24/7/365 basis, to deliver service voltages at optimal levels at all times.

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Peak Demand Reduction

Utilities can apply Varentec’s ENGO+GEMS solution to reduce peak demand on their distribution feeders. Key functionalities include mitigating costs and economic losses that are associated with serving peak demand. Distribution utilities can use the solution routinely to reduce the need to purchase high-priced peaking capacity. Vertically integrated investor-owned utilities (IOUs) can use the solution to reduce distribution system peak demand to offset or defer the need to invest in increased generation capacity.

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High PV Penetration

Utilities can apply Varentec’s ENGO/GEMS solution to support the integration of distributed PV solar on their grids. The solution’s key functionality is ensuring the reliability and efficiency of the distribution system when hosting PV, even at high levels of PV penetration (enable PV to reach up to 50% of feeder capacity). The solution can help utilities meet their targets for integrating renewables, improving grid efficiency, and reducing carbon emissions, while helping address society’s need for a better performing and "green" grid.

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LATEST NEWS

Hawaiian Electric and Varentec to test technology for enabling more rooftop solar on island grids » READ MORE
3M New Ventures, Bill Gates and Khosla Ventures Invest $13M in Varentec To Enable the Next Generation of Grid Edge Volt-VAR Control » READ MORE
Varentec™ Partners with Flex to Manufacture ENGO™ Grid-Edge Real-Time Control Devices » READ MORE

UPCOMING EVENTS

EUCI PV Interconnection and Inverter Summit Phoenix, AZ

April 29 Speaking Session:
9:15 - 10:30 a.m. :: Prominent Grid Support Functions

IAs PV penetration continues to increase significantly in many service territories, current utility policy, standards and regulations prevent service providers from realizing the full benefit of inverter-based DG. This presentation will introduce and explore some of the widely unrecognized technical benefits of distributed solar including:
Volt/VAR control and support
Locational benefits
Avoided line losses
Load shedding
Voltage and frequency ride through
Real and reactive power control
Ramp rate control
Damien Tholomier, EVP Marketing & Solution/Product Management, Varentec, Inc.

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IEEE PES T&D Conference & Exposition Dallas, TX

Paper Session: Transmission & Distribution
Tuesday, May 03, 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM :: Rohit Moghe will be presenting "Grid Edge Control: A New Approach for Volt-VAR Optimization"
Exhibiting at Booth #152

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TVPPA Annual Meeting Sandestin, FL » READ MORE