Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative

Electric Distribution System Automation Program

Abstract

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative’s (NOVEC’s) Electric Distribution System Automation Program deployed digital devices to expand automation and control systems to cover a majority of NOVEC’s substations and distribution circuits. The project also deployed a new communications network to complement the distribution system upgrades, enabling more precise monitoring and management of grid operations. The project’s primary purpose was to accelerate the deployment of digital technologies to NOVEC’s substation and distribution line automation program to improve system efficiencies, reduce line losses, and enhance situational awareness of critical components on the system. NOVEC also aimed to achieve overall reliability improvements and lower operating costs.

Contact Information

Jim Moxley
Senior Vice President
Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative
jmoxley@novec.com

At-A-Glance
Recipient: Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (Electric Distribution System Automation Program)
HQ State: Virginia
NERC Region: SERC
Total Budget: $10,000,000
Federal Share: $5,000,000
 
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Equipment:
Targeted Benefits:
  • Increased Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Cost from Distribution Line Losses
  • Reduced Operations and Maintenance Costs
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage