Building a Modern DMS with Centralized Volt/Var Optimization and Control

Paul Rogers

Manager, Engineering and Operations at Midwest Electric

Doug Preece

Managing Director at Black & Veatch

Learning Objectives

A model-based VVC/VVO application considers outages and system reconfiguration and can therefore provide performance benefits over manual or heuristic control of devices. The key to success of VVC/VVO implementation is to utilize a dynamic model so the VVO application is dealing with the “as-operated” network state. In this session, you will learn how one utility replaced its in-house built distributed capacitor control system with an integrated volt-var control system (IVVC) built on a modern, centralized distribution management system (DMS) platform. Successes and challenges with this type of implementation along with the operational benefits and lessons learned from building and operating a centralized IVVC system will also be presented.