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    1. California’s Record-Setting Virtual Power Plant

      California’s Record-Setting Virtual Power Plant

      In its first year of operation, a record-setting virtual power plant in California has delivered more than 2 gigawatt-hours to the grid. The VPP is part of massive grid modernization undertaken by Southern California Edison, which provides power to 15 million people across a 50,000-square-mile swath of the state. Designed and operated by AMS and owned by Macquarie Capital, the virtual power plant is tasked to reduce peak demand in the Los Angeles Basin by installing battery storage systems behind the meter at properties of SCE’s commercial customers. The project’s first phase (11 megawatts/60 megawatt-hours) went into operation last year.

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    2. Puerto Rico Seeks 100 Percent Renewable Energy

      Puerto Rico Seeks 100 Percent Renewable Energy

      In the wake of Hurricane Maria, the Puerto Rican government is proposing the enactment of the Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act, a bill focusing on committing the island to a 100 percent renewable energy grid by 2050. Senate Bill 1121 was introduced by the chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Energy Affairs, Larry Seilhamer, and Senate Minority Leader Eduardo Bhatia. The bill’s purpose is to eliminate the monopoly held for decades by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) by allowing the sale of PREPA’s power plants while putting the transmission and distribution systems under a private concessionaire. Consequently, the strategy would begin to shift the power grid away from its resilience on oil and toward renewables.

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