California Seeks Way to Get Energy Choice Right This Time

customer choice

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

Australia

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...]

Blazing the Path from VPPs to Holistic Grid Control with DERMS

VPPs

This is the final entry in a Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series focused on distributed energy management systems (DERMS) and virtual power plants (VPPs). The sixth installment provides an overview of the path to efficient management of distributed resources, from VPPs to grid control with DERMS. For utilities that see an increasing … [Read more...]

E.ON and Vertiv Partner to Offer Virtual Power Plant Services for Critical Infrastructure

virtual power plant

International energy giant E.ON and U.S.-based Vertiv (previously Emerson Network Power) have joined forces to deliver virtual power plant services in Germany, with an eye toward other markets worldwide. Partnering with Vertiv gives E.ON -- a European-based company with $67.9 billion in assets -- the opportunity to offer uninterruptible … [Read more...]

Smoothing the Path for DER Orchestration: New Rules for a New World

DER

In the previous installment of the Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series focused on distributed energy management systems (DERMS) and virtual power plants (VPPs), we covered how DERMS and smart inverters can bring distributed resources onto the grid. In the fifth installment, we explore how technology and updates in utility rules and … [Read more...]

How DERMS and Smart Inverters Safely Bring Distributed Resources to the Grid

smart inverters

Distributed energy management systems (DERMS) and smart inverters can together help efficiently and safely bring distributed energy onto the grid, as described in the fourth part of a Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series on DERMS and virtual power plants.  As use of renewable energy grows, grid management becomes more complex for … [Read more...]

What are Distributed Energy Management Systems (aka DERMS)?

DERMS

Last week, the new Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series that explores the benefits of distributed energy management systems (DERMS) and virtual power plants (VPPs) covered how VPPs can replace conventional power plants while also providing higher efficiency, greater flexibility and increased grid reliability. Here’s the third post, that … [Read more...]

Michigan’s Largest Utility to Propose Virtual Power Plants and Renewables in IRP

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Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, plans to unveil an integrated resource plan (IRP) this week that elevates virtual power plants as a means to meet new energy needs. Virtual power plants aggregate distributed energy resources and orchestrate their operation via a central control system.  Due to the Michigan Public Service … [Read more...]

Virtual Power Plants: Coming Soon to a Grid Near You

virtual power plants

Virtual power plants (VPPs) are growing in popularity and helping shape the grid of the future, as explained in the second installment of a new Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series about VPPs and distributed energy management systems (DERMS). Before the 2016 elections in the Philippines, officials worried about the potential for … [Read more...]

The 21st Century Power Grid: Not Your Parents’ Power Grid

DERMs and VPPs

DERMs and VPPs -- you hear the terms often now. They stand for distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) and virtual power plants (VPPs), and they are remaking the electric grid as we know it. Learn more about DERMS and VPPs in our Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series. Here's the first part, a discussion about what makes the 21st … [Read more...]