American Electric Power has issued a contract to expand deployment of the Utilidata AdaptiVolt volt/VAR optimization (VVO) technology on substations in its Indiana Michigan Power operating company.

The expanded deployment will replicate results achieved with the AdaptiVolt technology (as part of AEP's gridSMART project) across its other operating companies to drive reduced demand and create energy savings for customers.

The VVO smart grid application benefits all energy players: generators, suppliers, grid operators and end-use customers. VVO technology allows utilities to accommodate energy flows from wind, solar and distributed resources across the grid based on real-time conditions to diversify supply, improve system stability and reduce cost.

For more information, visit www.aep.com and www.utilidata.com.