Integrating Virtual Power Plants Means Gathering, and Understanding, the Data

California Energy Markets

California is leading the way in development of virtual power plants, and researchers, energy planners and regulators are doing some serious number-crunching to better understand how to integrate the nascent technology and its impact on retail bills.

California is at the epicenter of VPP development, according to one federal official who traveled to San Jose for the California Community Choice Association Annual Conference last week.

“California seems to be important in this space,” Sean Sevilla, senior engineer for virtual power plants at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office, told the large crowd during a panel discussion. Sevilla described his office as “the bank of the Department of Energy.” “The key takeaway is that the majority of the virtual power plant procurements and deployments are located in California. It is probably one of the richest markets where technology is being deployed right now,” he said.

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