DENVER, CO. and VANCOUVER, B.C. – December 10, 2018. Australia’s AGL Energy has selected Enbala to provide the cloud-based control and optimization platform for its Virtual Power Plant (VPP) project which is being built in South Australia.
Enbala is providing AGL with a VPP platform capable of orchestrating a diverse range of residential, behind-the-meter battery storage systems through cloud-based control systems being developed by energy storage system vendors.
The Enbala Engine will aggregate these distributed energy resources (DERs) to create a centrally controllable VPP that can be used in a diverse range of applications, including:
- Demand response and peak demand management
- Frequency regulation and frequency response
- Voltage response and voltage management
“AGL’s VPP project has evolved to include the latest technology at the hardware level and now at the orchestration software level by bringing onboard Enbala’s market leading platform,” said AGL Executive General Manager Wholesale Markets Richard Wrightson.
“We will leverage what we learn from this new phase of the project to develop business models and products for orchestrated DERs to help us reduce costs for customers, while supporting the grid-reducing costs for all grid users by making the most efficient use of batteries as DERs.”
The VPP project has received funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency through its Advancing Renewables fund.
“We are honored by the trust that AGL has placed in us to help bring its vision to life of a renewable energy future leveraging modern VPP technology,” said Enbala CEO Arthur “Bud” Vos. “This is one of the most important projects of its kind in the world, and we are committed to its success in helping AGL to trial new ways of maximizing benefits to consumers while smoothing out renewable generation and avoiding expensive network upgrades.”
AGL is committed to helping shape a sustainable energy future for Australia. We operate the country’s largest electricity generation portfolio, we’re its largest ASX-listed investor in renewable energy, and we have 3.6 million customer accounts. Proudly Australian, with more than 180 years of experience, we have a responsibility to provide sustainable, secure and affordable energy for our customers. Our aim is to prosper in a carbon-constrained world and build customer advocacy as our industry transforms. That’s why we have committed to exiting our coal-fired generation by 2050 and why we will continue to develop innovative solutions for our customers.
Enbala provides the advanced technology needed to ensure the operational stability of the world’s power grids by harnessing the power of distributed energy. Enbala’s real-time energy-balancing platform provides a highly flexible approach for creating controllable and dispatchable energy resources from flexible loads, energy storage and renewable energy sources. The platform underpins Enbala’s award-winning and industry-leading DERMS and VPP technology and dynamically optimizes and dispatches distributed energy resources to respond to the real-time needs of the power system. The platform gives energy retailers and utilities the flexibility to operate in real-time and to better manage the escalating complexities of increasingly variable energy assets and evolving market opportunities. For more information, visit http://enbala.wpengine.com or follow @enbala on Twitter.