August 31, 2014
Journal Article

A Method for Evaluating Volt-VAR Optimization Field Demonstrations


In a regulated business environment a utility must be able to validate that deployed technologies provide quantifiable benefits to the end-use customers. For traditional technologies there are well established procedures for determining what benefits will be derived from the deployment. But for many emerging technologies procedures for determining benefits are less clear and completely absent in some cases. Volt-VAR Optimization is a technology that is being deployed across the nation, but there are still numerous discussions about potential benefits and how they are achieved. This paper will present a method for the evaluation, and quantification of benefits, for field deployments of Volt-VAR Optimization technologies. In addition to the basic methodology, the paper will present a summary of results, and observations, from two separate Volt-VAR Optimization field evaluations using the proposed method.

Revised: October 8, 2014 | Published: August 31, 2014


Schneider K.P., and T.F. Weaver. 2014. "A Method for Evaluating Volt-VAR Optimization Field Demonstrations." IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid 5, no. 4:1696-1703. PNNL-SA-97061. doi:10.1109/TSG.2014.2308872