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Conservation Voltage Reduction Research and Demonstration Pilot Project

NB Power has partnered with Siemens, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the National Research Council (NRC) on a Grid Modernization Research and Demonstration Pilot Project to study how we can conserve energy in New Brunswick by means of voltage reduction. The one-year data collection phase of the project ended on November 30, 2020.

Approximately 5,000 NB Power homes and businesses in specific areas of the province were part of this research and demonstration pilot project. This project will allow us to determine and measure the potential to reduce voltage to obtain energy savings, peak reduction in the future and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, all which will help make New Brunswick greener.

Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) is a proven technology used by utilities to better manage distribution system voltages in order to improve grid efficiency, all without compromising power quality.

The next step is for the NRC to analyze the data collected and produce a final report, which should be available publicly in 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

I participated in the project. Now that it is completed, what’s next?

The National Research Council (NRC) will provide a separate and unbiased study of the data collected during the project. NRC’s final report should be available in 2021 and we will share it on our website once it is available.

Are there any preliminary results you can share now?

While we still have a lot of work to do to research and validate the benefits of CVR in New Brunswick, the early results are promising, and the lessons learned from this research will help us build a roadmap to expand CVR across the province.

On top of helping New Brunswick use less energy annually, CVR will help us reduce peak demand, which will result in financial benefits and a positive impact on the environment by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the province – all of which support our customers.

 

CVR is also an important part of our journey to modernize New Brunswick’s power grid with the potential to support the growing number of electric vehicles and an increase in renewable energy.

Can you share the specific data collected from my meter during this project?

During the project, the only information that NB Power gathered through your meter was related to the voltage and energy consumption in your home in order to correlate the impact voltage might have to consumption and, therefore, no customer specific data was collected. All the information gathered was sent through NB Power’s secure network and then sent to the National Research Council (NRC) for analysis.

Will the meter installed for this project stay on my home or business?

Yes. This meter will remain on your home or business and operate like a regular meter to collect your consumption data for billing purposes.

Was my personal information protected during this project?

Yes. We are committed to protecting the privacy of our customers and any information we collect is handled in accordance with our corporate policies, Code of Ethics and New Brunswick’s Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. No personal data was collected for this project.

More questions?

For more information on the CVR project, please contact us at customerservices@nbpower.com.