There are different forms of “system flexibility” that help to balance the intermittency of renewable power sources and avoid widespread blackouts. One ideal solution is the use of Virtual Power Plants (VPPs). A VPP is made up of distributed energy resources (generators, batteries, energy intensive equipment) at commercial and industrial sites across multiple locations, that work together to provide instant, dispatchable capacity that the grid needs, acting as a ‘virtual’ power plant.
Enel X operates Australia’s largest VPP4 with more than 100 commercial and industrial sites across the NEM that provide 250+ MW of system flexibility when called upon. Our customers temporarily power down site equipment or switch from grid power to a battery system or backup generator to take their load off the grid.
Jeff Renaud, Head of Enel X Asia and Oceania said, “With flailing system security and disruptions to power supply, businesses can take matters into their own hands to ensure site reliability and in doing so, can become part of the broader solution. By participating in our VPP, businesses provide the flexibility the grid needs while enhancing site reliability, and receive regular payments which can offset electricity costs, or be reinvested into operations or other sustainability initiatives."