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Demystifying Virtual Power Plants: What is a VPP? How are VPPs deployed today?

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Director, Loan Programs Office , U.S. Department of Energy

Jigar Shah was most recently co-founder and President at Generate Capital, where he focused on helping entrepreneurs accelerate decarbonization solutions through the use of low-cost...

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In case you weren't able to attend last week's standing-room-only in-person virtual power plants (VPPs) workshop at the NARUC Winter Policy Summit in Washington, DC, you can now watch a full recording of the event here:

Opening remarks by LPO Director Jigar Shah and Smart Electric Power Alliance President & CEO Sheri Givens were followed by in-depth panels with VPP experts from the Arizona Corporation CommissionDuke Energy CorporationEversource EnergySunrunIllinois Commerce CommissionPacific Gas and Electric CompanyWeaveGridMinnesota Public Utilities CommissionRMI, and EnergyHub discussing topics such as "Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings", "Vehicle-to-Grid Technology", and "What Utilities Need to Know and Need to Build to Begin Taking Advantage of the VPP Opportunity".


• To learn more about VPPs, check out LPO's "VPPieces" blog series, where Director Jigar Shah examines technical, financial, and policy aspects of VPPs, from benefits to affordability to barriers to deployment and scaleup:

• Visit LPO's VPPs tech sector page at:


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Jim Stack on Mar 2, 2023

Excellent subject. I think last summers demo of the virtual battery by Tesla in Southern California and up coming Texas virtual battery are part of this new adjenda. They used thousands of home solar Power Wall systems to help the GRID at times of brownouts or blackouts. The entire country should have this setup. 

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