Pennoni Perspective Volume 22 • Issue 4 • Winter 2018/19 - Page 23

Importance of environmental challenges by maturity According to the survey of government officials in 136 cities, energy and the environment are ranked as the number one challenge out of the 17 issues cities are addressing or planning to address through smart city initiatives. Energy and the environment are high priorities for all cities, regardless of their maturity level. However, climate change becomes a bigger challenge as cities mature and work through more basic environmental and energy management issues. Integrated volt control capabilities from smart utility grids is an important tool to optimize voltage that can help utilities more efficiently manage voltage on their distribution lines, allowing utilities to reduce the total energy used by citizens without any sacrifice in service or quality. Depending on a city’s electricity maturity level, Integrated Volt Control can provide reduction in: CO 2 Emissions, Electricity Use, Integrated Volt/Var Control peak demand. P E N N O N I | 23