Clinton saves on energy with virtual power plant

CLINTON, Tenn. (AP) -- The Clinton Utilities Board's new "virtual power plant" has saved local ratepayers over $800,000.

The Oak Ridger reports that instead of an actual plant with generators, the virtual plant utilizes technology to adjust voltage and save power during times of peak demand. The voltage reduction is not noticeable to customers.

Although it doesn't actually generate electricity, the virtual plant does the job of a traditional plant that powers 3,000 homes.

Utility Board General Manager Greg Fay told the paper the technology has reduced the utility's wholesale power costs.

Clinton is one of the first power companies in the Tennessee Valley Authority's seven-state region to utilize the new technology, which is part of TVA's Smart Grid Pilot program to cut energy use.

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