Ryan Murphy and Laurent Sayer represent the Virtual Power Plant Software Platform at Puget Sound Energy.
PUF's Lori Burkhart: Describe the innovation that led to your team winning the Maria Telkes Top Innovator Award for Distributed Energy, how it works, and its benefits to Puget Sound Energy.
Ryan Murphy: A Virtual Power Plant is a software platform that acts like an aggregator of distributed energy resources, making it possible for utilities like PSE to forecast, control, and readily dispatch consumer-owned resources like battery storage systems and demand response programs within our service area. Through the implementation and usage of the VPP, PSE will gain a better understanding of which DERs are the most reliable and effective at delivering results to support our clean energy goals.
Laurent Sayer: Over the last couple of years PSE implemented a Virtual Power Plant. The VPP helps coordinate the use of distributed energy resources during peak load hours.