California Microgrid To Demonstrate that Hospitals Don’t Need Diesel Generators

Kaiser Permanente plans to demonstrate a range of energy innovations at a hospital microgrid in Ontario, California, that will include how to incorporate renewable energy and move away from diesel generators. The hospital microgrid also will feature a fuel cell and a demonstration virtual power plant (VPP) — with power provided from … [Read more...]

Swell Energy Pairs with Hawaiian Electric to Create Virtual Power Plant

Hawaii's Public Utilities Commission approved a $25 million contract with Swell Energy to deliver a virtual power plant for Hawaiian Electric customers on three islands.    Swell Energy, a California-based smart grid solutions provider, will install behind-the-meter, solar-powered home batteries to approximately 6,000 residential customers … [Read more...]

Energy Industry Players Moving out of their Swim Lanes

New business models — such as utility use of mobile batteries for peak demand — are now emerging, along with new and needed distributed energy resource (DER) integration models, according to two new reports from Deloitte. Markets aren’t providing enough compensation for distributed energy resources (DER) which is blocking their expansion on the … [Read more...]

As It Plans World’s Biggest Virtual Power Plant, OhmConnect Warns of Market Flaws in California

OhmConnect, partnering with Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, plans a 550-MW virtual power plant (VPP), Resi-Station, created by pooling and controlling homeowners’ devices and microgrids to provide clean power for California via aggregated flexible demand. Said to be the biggest project of its kind in the world, Resi-Station will help meet … [Read more...]

Nova Scotia Power Picks Sunverge for Virtual Power Plant

Nova Scotia Power has selected Sunverge to provide the technology for a residential virtual power plant that is part of the Smart Grid Atlantic pilot project. The project is a four-year research and demonstration program, with funding from the Canadian government, to determine how emerging energy technologies can best benefit customers, … [Read more...]

Sunrun and SCE Team up on Virtual Power Plant in California

It's been a tough year for California as wildfires and extreme heat strain the power grid and residents' nerves. Resilience and reliable power are now more critical than ever. To that end, Sunrun and Southern California Edison (SCE) announced a virtual power plant agreement that they say increases grid reliability and lowers power … [Read more...]

California Demonstration Brings Prosumers into Energy Markets

A prototype community southeast of Los Angeles, California, aims to demonstrate the advantages of prosumers in a disadvantaged community selling into electricity markets and reaping a cleaner environment plus income and resilience. The Basset-Avocado Advanced Energy Community (BAAEC) is funded in part by a $9 million grant from the California … [Read more...]

Generac to Buy Virtual Power Plant Company Enbala

Generac Holdings, known for its backup generators, is continuing its expansion into distributed energy markets by agreeing to buy Enbala Power Networks, a virtual power plant company that makes optimization and control software. Utilities and energy retailers use Enbala’s software to create and manage virtual power plants — aggregations of … [Read more...]

How New York is Changing the Energy Storage Play in US Competitive Markets

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) last month became the first competitive venue in the world to allow energy storage to fully participate in a wholesale energy market. Stemming from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 841, which directs all independent system operators (ISO) and regional transmission … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy Scores Big Win in US Wholesale Markets with FERC Order 2222

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday issued Order 2222, its much anticipated ruling that paves the way for aggregated distributed energy resources (DERs) to compete alongside traditional power plants and other grid resources in wholesale markets. The landmark ruling was heralded in a commission news release as … [Read more...]