Virtual Power Plants Provide Engine for Scaling Behind-the-Meter Storage

by Brett Simon

We've recently seen a rash of virtual power plant (VPP) announcements including two in Japan from Stem and Sunverge with Mitsui; one in Ireland from Electric Ireland, Solo Energy and ESB Networks; three in Massachusetts under the Advancing the Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) Program from SolarCity/Tesla, Sunrun and Borrego Solar; and one in Arizona from sonnen and Mandalay Homes. Additional VPP projects are underway in Germany, Australia and Canada.

This short report describes how VPPs provide an opportunity to unlock greater economic value from behind-the-meter storage, building a pathway to deploy systems on a larger scale.

This report is only available to subscribers of GTM Research's Energy Storage Service.

Brett Simon Senior Analyst, Energy Storage

Brett Simon is a senior energy storage analyst at GTM Research, focusing on the U.S. behind-the-meter energy storage market. He leads GTM Research’s quarterly U.S. storage market report, The U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, published in collaboration with the Energy Storage Association. Prior to joining GTM, Brett earned a Master of Science degree in sustainable systems at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. He first became interested in energy storage systems and their potential to revolutionize the energy sector through his coursework and master's project. Brett also holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and environmental studies from New York University.

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