Category Archives: Virtual Power Plants

ARPA-E Dodges a Bullet

September 5, 2018 / Jill Feblowitz / Distributed Energy Resources, DOE Programs, Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage, Integrating Renewables, Microgrids, Virtual Power Plants

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) was created to provide access to funding for energy industry innovation. With the signing of the U.S. spending bill, ARPA-E dodged a bullet. This is a good thing for utilities. Despite the common misconception that the agency is about only renewable companies, utilities and manufacturers also have benefited from ARPA-E. […]

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Virtual Power Plants: Ready to Serve a Grid Near You

July 24, 2017 / Jill Feblowitz / Distributed Energy Resources, Distribution Markets, Virtual Power Plants, Wholesale Markets

It’s been almost a decade since German utility RWE piloted one of the first virtual power plants,┬ámade up of nine small hydro facilities networked to deliver power to the transmission grid.┬áThe world of virtual power plants (VPPs) has evolved considerably since then. Check out what the panel on VPPs had to say at GTM’s GridEdge […]

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