+ VAr Control = Fewer “Cars” on the Road
When voltage and VAr control are used together, grid efficiency
reaches new heights. If installed on 10% of the distribution feeders
in the United States, Coordinated Volt/VAr Control technology (or
grid efficiency technology) is designed to reduce electricity consumption
by approximately 9.3 billion kWh per year, avoiding the annual CO2
emissions equivalent to those of 1.1 million cars on U.S. roads.
Better, More Efficient Transformers
Today’s transformers are not very energy efficient, but
new, advanced transformers are now available to reduce electricity
losses. These are known as high-efficiency amorphous transformers.
If these advanced devices replaced the transformers in operation
today, waste during distribution could be greatly reduced. In fact,
if amorphous transformers replaced all the 1.1 million transformers
installed every year in Mexico and the United States, 465,000 tons
of CO2–the equivalent of emissions from almost
90,000 cars–could be avoided annually.