PG&E pilot to utilize Energy Storage and controls for Virtual Power Plant

Dec. 2, 2021
The program will use LG’s energy storage systems, Sunverge’s distributed energy resource (DER) software platform and Eaton's energy management circuit breakers

Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Battery Storage Pilot Program will use LG Electronics USA and Sunverge Energy’s products to establish a residential virtual plant serving its customers in Northern and Central California.

The program will use LG’s energy storage systems and Sunverge’s distributed energy resource (DER) software platform. It will also use Eaton Corp.’s energy management circuit breakers for the Sunverge platform’s holistic load control capabilities.

Sunverge Energy CEO Martin Milani said the project will be “creating value on both sides of the meter and helping utilities transition to more resilient and flexible distribution grids” The project is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2022.

 Milani added “The project will evaluate a number of program design elements, including time of use and real-time pricing signals, load shaping and shifting, event-based demand response as well as contingency reserve, frequency regulation and voltage support ancillary services.”

 The project will also use the LG ThinQ Energy app to enable homeowners to engage with their home’s energy profile and unlock value by enabling customers to view and control their home’s solar generation, battery storage and load control.

 L Electronics USA Energy Vice President Stephen Hahm said, “Utilities are increasingly seeing the value that distributed clean energy resources, combined with energy storage and intelligent control and orchestration, can add real value to consumer, communities, grid and the utilities themselves.”

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