Conservation voltage reduction (CVR) is a proven technology that has been used by utilities on a limited scale for the past two decades. By better managing distribution system voltages, utilities can improve efficiencies, realize significant energy savings, and reduce demand.
With the proliferation of smart grid technologies and continued strong interest in energy efficiency by regulators, utilities and customers, CVR offers a low-risk strategic alternative with enormous potential and many positive attributes — it’s reliable, controllable, and cost-effective. However, utilities are struggling to develop workable business models with regulatory cost-recovery mechanisms to make CVR a win-win proposition for customers and shareholders alike.
Voltage Management: A Hidden Energy Efficiency Resource