Voltus Selected as Demand Response Provider for 400+ Virginia Public Facilities

Feb. 22, 2024
The Voltus platform will enhance performance during dispatches, track demand response earnings while avoiding carbon emissions, and identify new energy efficiency and demand response opportunities

Voltus, Inc., a distributed energy resource (DER) platform and virtual power plant (VPP) operator, was selected by the Virginia Department of Energy (Virginia Energy) as the preferred vendor for the Demand Response program.

Virginia is home to more than 400 public facilities, including airports, universities, public schools, and municipal buildings, all of which will now have the opportunity to participate in Voltus’ platform.

The platform will allow these public facilities to earn revenue and generate savings by reducing electricity use in response to grid signals – including high demand, inadequate supply, high prices, and high emissions.

Specifically, the Voltus platform will enhance performance during dispatches, track demand response earnings while avoiding carbon emissions, and identify new energy efficiency and demand response opportunities – creating increased financial opportunities for these public facilities.

“Voltus will play an important role in keeping our energy reliable and affordable while putting money back into the hands of local facilities,” said Virginia Energy State Energy Office Director Vince Maiden. “Demand response is crucial when our grid is stressed. Making sure key participants reduce their energy consumption during extreme peaks will help meet the Commonwealth’s broader energy goals.”

Voltus has previously played a crucial role in Virginia’s energy security during Winter Storm Elliot in 2022. Voltus was able to exceed the state’s capacity commitment, allowing customers to perform at 116% overall.

According to Matthew Plante, President at Voltus, “this overperformance helped keep the heat and lights on for millions of Virginia citizens and was made possible by our customers who were empowered with our purpose-built technology, communication, and preparation.”