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Thursday, October 8 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
An Introduction to Virtual Power Plants

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Utilities across the country are beginning to tap into hundreds, sometimes thousands, of devices in homes and businesses to create virtual power plants (VPP). These VPPs can deliver many of the same services as traditional power plants but they’re power by distributed resources, including water heaters, smart thermostats, and, increasingly, solar and battery storage. This session will cover the basics of what a virtual power plant is and how it can create value for both utilities and customers, with examples from real-world programs.

Presenters will include the software company Virtual Peaker and Portland General Electric (PGE). PGE recently launched a new VPP pilot program that will incentivize the installation of more than 500 residential battery storage systems, representing up to four megawatts of energy.

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Audrey Burkhardt

Product Manager of Energy Storage & Resiliency, Portland General Electric
Audrey Burkhardt is a Product Manager of Energy Storage & Resiliency for Portland General Electric, and works on the utility’s battery energy storage and demand response efforts. Audrey has been in the energy industry for over ten years, with experience spanning the electric and... Read More →
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Shadea Mitchell

Head of Client Services, Virtual Peaker
Shadea Mitchell is the Head of Client Success for Virtual Peaker, a cloud-based software provider that is helping realize the utility of the future through harnessing distributed energy resources. She ensures clients have support, training, and guidance to use Virtual Peaker's software... Read More →

Thursday October 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
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