|By PR Newswire||
|June 21, 2013 08:52 AM EDT||
RICHMOND, Va., June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DVI, a Dominion company that offers technology to utilities to plan, manage and validate grid efficiency, announced today that it has been selected by Modesto Irrigation District (MID) to provide a number of advanced applications through the adoption of the EDGE® software suite. EDGE® will be used in conjunction with the existing Silver Spring Networks advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployment to provide MID with advanced Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) and Volt/Var Optimization (VVO) capabilities.
EDGE® is a modular and adaptive conservation voltage management solution enabling utilities to deploy incremental grid-side energy management that requires no behavioral changes or purchases by end-use consumers. EDGE® provides significant and sustainable energy savings of as much as 4 percent through integrated planning, execution and validation of grid side energy efficiency management.
"DVI looks forward to working with MID to be a key part of its grid efficiency strategy," said DVI Executive Director Todd Headlee. "MID, as with other utilities in the California market, is actively seeking solutions to optimize their distribution system for efficiency and reliability, both of which are cornerstones of the EDGE® grid optimization platform."
"MID has been looking at a number of advanced applications to leverage the capabilities of our Silver Spring AMI deployment," said Tom Kimball, assistant general manager for MID. "As we considered our CVR and VVO strategy, DVI's patented approach of using AMI data for circuit optimization planning, management and control, and measurement and verification was a clear differentiator versus other solutions available on the market."
"High voltage levels on the grid lead to energy waste, higher energy bills, and unnecessary carbon dioxide emissions. We are delighted to partner with DVI to enable Modesto Irrigation District to deliver their customers a proven way to increase energy efficiency without requiring changes in consumer behavior," said Anil Gadre, executive vice president of Products, Silver Spring Networks. "Conservation Voltage Reduction is a proven technique to leverage existing smart grid investments to lower voltage levels and save significant amounts of energy."
DVI is a leading provider of grid optimization technology providing solutions for energy efficiency, demand response and volt/VAR control. DVI's patented approach plans, manages, and validates grid efficiency while delivering significant energy savings to both utilities and their customers. For more information about DVI, visit the website at www.dvigridsolutions.com.
DVI is a subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE: D), one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 27,000 megawatts of generation. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com.
About Silver Spring Networks
Silver Spring Networks (NYSE: SSNi) is a leading networking platform and solutions provider for smart energy networks. Silver Spring's pioneering IPv6 networking platform, with 16.5 million Silver Spring enabled devices delivered, is connecting utilities to homes and business throughout the world with the goal of achieving greater energy efficiency for the planet. Silver Spring's innovative solutions enable utilities to gain operational efficiencies, improve grid reliability, and empower consumers to monitor and manage energy consumption. Silver Spring Networks customers include major utilities around the globe such as Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, Commonwealth Edison, CPS Energy, Florida Power & Light, Jemena Electricity Networks Limited, Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, and Progress Energy, among others. To learn more, please visit www.silverspringnet.com.
About Modesto Irrigation District
The Modesto Irrigation District (MID) is a local public agency formed in 1887 under the California Water Code. MID's first mission was delivering irrigation water from the Tuolumne River to thirsty farms. Today MID operates over 200 miles of canals and pipelines. This system serves over 3,100 growers who farm about 58,000 acres in California's Central Valley. In 1923 MID entered the retail electric business and today provides power to over 113,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. Since 1994 MID has delivered on average 36 million gallons per day of treated drinking water to the City of Modesto, about one-half of its annual needs. A five-member elected Board of Directors governs MID and sets water and electric rates. MID operates on a not-for-profit basis. Our goal is to provide reliable service at the lowest possible cost. For more information visit www.mid.org.