California Virtual Power Plant “Shattering Records” for Distributed Energy Storage

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Southern California Edison’s (SCE) five-year-old experiment with local energy has brought about a new world record with a virtual power plant delivering 2 GWh of grid services, according to AMS, the project designer and operator. In 2018 -- its first year of operation -- the virtual power plant was dispatched 250 times to the California … [Read more...]

Kyocera and LO3 Test Blockchain for a Virtual Power Plant in Japan

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Kyocera and LO3 Energy are working on a joint project to test the feasibility of a virtual power plant managed by blockchain technology, the same technology used in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. The test, at Kyocera’s Yokohama Nakayama office in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, will be on a small virtual power plant that uses the company’s solar … [Read more...]

Big Win for Local Energy: First Virtual Power Plant Snags Contract in US Wholesale Capacity Auction

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Sunrun last week became the first company to win a contract to supply capacity to a wholesale power market from a virtual power plant -- solar energy and storage aggregated from homes. The San Francisco, Calif. company, which sells solar power, battery storage and energy services to residential customers, competed head on with other … [Read more...]

No Microgrid is an Island? A Look at the Growing Value of Connectedness

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Well, okay, some microgrids are electrical islands, particularly those that are on a literal island or in a desert or on a mountaintop or somewhere no central grid exists. They function in a stand-alone fashion, or in industry parlance islanded. Others operate independently just some of the time, separating from the central grid during a … [Read more...]

My Car, Your Home, a Microgrid and the Future

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Cars, homes and microgrids will be key market actors in a future where consumers produce and share energy. eMotorWerks and LO3 Energy intend to demonstrate that such a future is getting closer. The two companies announced a collaboration today to test tools that will let consumers buy and sell electricity within microgrids using their homes … [Read more...]

Big Bid Theory Interviews Elisa Wood about Energy Efficiency, Microgrids, Nanogrids and Virtual Power Plants

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The Big Bid Theory this week interviewed Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, about energy efficiency, microgrids, nanogrids and virtual power plants. Now in its fourth season, The Big Bid Theory podcast is produced in Austin, Texas, and focuses on technology and other topics for a national audience of business and government … [Read more...]

What is a Virtual Power Plant?

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A virtual power plant turns on its head the traditional idea of relying on big, centralized power plants for predictable power. But what is it exactly? And who uses virtual power plants and why?   A virtual power plant works remotely to combine a number of independent energy resources from disparate locations into a network that provides … [Read more...]

A New Microgrid in Silicon Valley…AI+Virtual Power in California…Funding from Washington State

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Bloom Energy to supply Silicon Valley microgrid Fuel cell company Bloom Energy will provide primary power for a Silicon Valley microgrid that will serve a precision manufacturing company. A subsidiary of materials supplier JSR Corporation, JSR Micro will use the microgrid to avert escalating energy costs and avoid power outages, according … [Read more...]

California Seeks Way to Get Energy Choice Right This Time

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Given its influence, it’s never a pretty sight when California goes astray on energy policy. The energy crisis of 2000-01 still looms large. Its rolling blackouts and skyrocketing costs impaired America’s then nascent customer choice movement. But fast forward nearly two decades and customer choice is reborn -- although not in the way the … [Read more...]

Win for Virtual Power Plants and Aggregations in Australia

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Giles Parkinson, founder and owner of RenewEconomy, describes a wholesale market decision that is expected to boost virtual power plants and energy aggregations in Australia. Tesla and other proponents of virtual power plants and demand management schemes have scored a significant win after the country’s main energy market rule maker … [Read more...]