Award Given for Distributed Flexibility at Scale

PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) announced today Portland General Electric (PGE) and Enbala are the recipients of the PLMA Program Pacesetter award. The award acknowledges PGE’s Virtual Power Plant (VPP) project.  The award will be presented on May 14 during the 39th PLMA Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during a ceremony to recognize industry leaders who created, during calendar year 2018, innovative ideas, methods, programs and technologies that manage end use loads to meet peak load needs and support successful grid integration of distributed energy resources. 

The award going to PGE and Enbala is for achieving “Flexibility at Scale.”  PGE has created a technology-agnostic, interoperable VPP in collaboration with Enbala that enables PGE to offer control, optimization and demand management of an entire fleet of distributed energy resources (DERs) across various customers, vendors and programs.  This multi-program, multi-vendor ecosystem allows for the customization across DER asset types, location, participation schedules and service offerings, while providing visibility into, and integration of, data in an approach that is scalable, sustainable, futureproof and customer focused.

PGE’s VPP now includes over 100 large industrial loads, large commercial loads and small commercial loads; over 150 commercial smart thermostats, and nearly 3,000 multi-family smart water heaters.  The VPP is currently integrating a combination of solar, storage and smart thermostats at a fire station with the city of Portland to demonstrate a turnkey microgrid solution in partnership with Powin Energy.  PGE is also rolling out a time-of-use (TOU) program and peak time rebate (PTR) program that will target 58,000 customers in 2019. 

“Being recognized by an organization as well-respected as PLMA is an honor,” said Enbala CEO and President Arthur (Bud) Vos. “PGE is leading the way in harnessing DERs at scale.  We’re very proud of the work we’ve done with PGE to demonstrate the many benefits of large-scale DER integration into a VPP that benefits both the utility and its customers.”

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