A commercial model for regulating network voltage with customer inverters

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The technical ability of inverters, large or small, to provide power quality services including voltage regulation is well understood. The ubiquity of customer inverters and their suitability for distributed intelligent control present opportunities to manage distribution networks with a precision not seen before. When a suitable commercial model is proved rapid adoption of inverter controls can be expected. This paper describes a market-scale demonstration uses a working commercial model for voltage regulation using customer inverters in Australia. Inverter controls have been executed as part of a virtual power plant platform to enable voltage support actions and rewards to two separate communities in Australia. The market value of voltage support services has been explored and initial findings are presented. These are important steps in establishing this service-based model as a common practice.
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