A smart utility!! Some of course see the disruption coming and participate, others still seem to be 'playing' at change. A dangerous game. This is great to see from Enenco. In Germany we see Sonnen now aggregating and essentially becoming a community utility. I'd love to see the UK look at virtual power plants to avoid the use of diesel peaker plants in particular, but gas also. This is far cheaper, quicker and more low carbon than building new gas plants. Of course we need greater scale in the UK, but with the right support and framework that can be quickly achieved.
Eneco, a utility company in the Netherlands, wants to use several hundred Tesla Powerwall batteries to create a “virtual power plant” and they are willing to pay customers to participate. The idea is simple. If Eneco can tap into just 30% of the storage capacity of hundreds of Powerwalls, it can avoid calling on fossil fueled generating plants to balance fluctuating demand for electricity. Often, demand spikes are met by so called “peaker plants,” which remain idle most of the day until extra generating capacity is called for. Starting them up and shutting them down cost utilities lots of money. Far worse, however, the carbon emission created during start-up are often several times higher than they are once the facility is running and temperatures stabilize.