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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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"There is simply no other cost-effective way [besides VPPs] to integrate electric vehicles and heat pumps at scale." - LPO Director Jigar Shah (

This month's LPO Sector Spotlight focuses on the power of Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) ( with Director Shah outlining the crucial role that VPPs can play in smoothing the transition as the U.S. economy rapidly electrifies to meet climate targets, pushing the national grid to new limits with an unprecedented increase in demand.

The role of distributed energy resources (DERs) to use, store, and/or generate significant amounts of energy can provide energy at a lower price than what the grid typically offers. As Director Shah notes in the piece: " 2050, VPPs could avoid 44-59 million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year. By avoiding generation build-out and new power infrastructure investments, VPPs can help avoid $17 billion of annual power sector expenditure by 2030."


• To learn more about VPPs, check out LPO's "VPPieces" blog series, where Director 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:

• Watch a full recording of a recent virtual power plants (VPPs) workshop at the NARUC Winter Policy Summit in Washington, DC where leading experts from across the nation gathered to discuss the role of VPPs in reaching national decarbonization and emissions reduction goals:


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Jim Stack on Mar 15, 2023

Virtual batteries are right in the mix too. Tesla has shown how their solar home Power Wall storage was used last summer to stabilize the so call GRID . They are now signing up customers in Texas to tame that GRID using all the excess wind power and battery storage. I can't wait for this to be a nationwide option. 

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