When it comes to optimizing your electrical grid, there are a number of areas where you could experience failures. A fully functional and perfect electrical grid has the best distribution systems as well as some of the finest efficiency solutions. The overall goal of optimization often comes with modernization and the ability to future proof your grid. Here are some of the top tips you should follow to optimize your grid without failures:
Demand Response and Load Control
Consider the load factor as you are working to control peak load and improving load factor across the grid. Reduce peaks by incentivizing your customers to work at lowering energy costs.
Balanced solutions coming out of the substation are important. There’s a series of conditions that can push any power grid out of balance quickly and unequal system impedances, the distribution of loads and bad connections can lead to a series of losses.
Power Factor Correction
Power factors on distribution systems are an indication of inefficiency. A low power factor often means that utilities can deliver more power through the current lines. Working on this aspect of your electrical grid can make sure that you are doing the best you can with the tools you have.
CVR Volt and VAR Optimization
If you aren’t doing conversion voltage reduction, this is likely a missed opportunity. Potential CVR projects could lead to monthly savings of tens of thousands of dollars with the chance to reduce average peak by roughly 5% on average.
New Devices And Sensors
The latest devices and sensors can help you to gather data without the process of sending out crews across your lines for optimization. You can have real-time data at different points throughout your power grid and make sure that every element is operating effectively.
Consider some of these top factors and more when you are working to optimize your grid effectively.
This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Swartz Engineering. For nearly a half a century, Swartz Engineering has been at the forefront of industry safety. They are a family-owned company specializing in power distribution for the electrical industry. They are the leading manufacturer of reclosing relays. It is the most widely accepted protective overcurrent device used in the transit industry today.