Distribution systems are stressed by an aging infrastructure and increased demands for power. Electricity distribution companies are under pressure to improve reliability and system performance, while dealing with the ongoing challenges of this aging infrastructure as well as increasing customer demands for higher reliability and power quality.
BPA acquires energy savings through the Energy Smart Utility Efficiency program, which includes voltage optimization and electrical distribution system improvements. Voltage optimization is a technique for improving the efficiency of the electrical grid by reducing voltage on the feeder lines running from substations to retail loads. System improvements create greater efficiency of the electrical distribution system.