Utilities such as Chattanooga EPB, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Johnson City Power Board, Jackson Energy Authority, Lenoir City Utilities Board, Morristown Utility Systems, Pulaski Electric System, Newport Utilities, and Appalachian Electric Cooperative have utilized TUNet AMI. These utilities utilize both Itron and GE smart meters.
Earlier this year Tantalus released a survey that found 41 percent of respondents named the “need to show value from smart grid investments” as the number one issue in 2014. According to Tantalus, “Utility executive respondents also indicated that add-on applications would be the key investment priority for utilities as attention shifted from basic deployments to the addition of focused niche applications to further leverage investments in AMI and to demonstrate more value to customers.”
To that end Tantalus developed closed loop voltage reduction (CLVR), a real-time demand response application that enables near instantaneous control of voltage, which has led to a reported voltage reduction of up to 4 percent with no impact on member power quality.
Tantalus chief marketing officer Tammy Zucco adds: “Municipal and cooperative utilities in the Tennessee Valley share a unique set of operational advantages and challenges. We’ve been grateful for the opportunity to work closely with these utilities in helping them conceptualize and implement their smart grid strategies from the ground up. The result, as we’ve seen, is a more stable and reliable grid, operational savings, and higher quality service for members and customers.”
TVA is comprised of 155 distribution utilities serving more than nine million customers across seven southeastern states.