Public Power Current
California community choice aggregator (CCA) Marin Clean Energy (MCE) on June 21 unveiled a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) program that is slated to launch in 2025.
MCE said the program will provide bill savings and increase local grid reliability, safety, and efficiency for low-income residents as part of Richmond, Calif.’s Advanced Energy Community project, which includes $3 million in funding from the California Energy Commission and will rehabilitate abandoned homes with energy efficiency retrofits and establish a VPP.
Similar to traditional power plants, VPPs provide electricity to the grid, but instead of coming from a single source, VPPs are made up of a network of digitally-connected technologies distributed across a community. VPPs help stabilize the power grid by quickly dispatching power to and from resources on the grid to shift energy consumption out of peak hours and take greater advantage of midday solar generation.
MCE’s VPP will include energy storage, smart thermostats, rooftop solar, heat pump space and water heating, and EV charging.