Simply Energy extends VPP nationally

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Simply Energy, ENGIE’s retail business, will expand its Virtual Power Plant (VPP) beyond South Australia to all states in the National Electricity Market (NEM), including Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.

Simply Energy operates one of the largest residential VPPs on the NEM. It deploys a range of distributed energy resources (DER), with flexibility to deliver both energy market and frequency support services.

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Simply Energy will use SwitchDin’s cloud orchestration platform, Stormcloud, to coordinate a diverse fleet of solar inverter and battery storage units from AlphaESS, Eguana, SolarEdge, SolaX, sonnen, Tesla, and Varta through a combination of APIs and Droplet edge connections.

Stormcloud enables Simply Energy to deliver energy market trading and provide frequency control ancillary services (FCAS) for devices that are FCAS-capable on their VPP.

Existing and new Simply Energy customers with approved solar and battery storage systems that are connected to the VPP can save more on their electricity bills by receiving credits for selling energy into the NEM during peak demand periods or stabilising the grid during disturbances.

“The flexibility and diversity of the Simply Energy VPP differentiates it from others currently available on the market,” Simply Energy general manager Ryan Wavish said.

“We’re delighted to be working with SwitchDin to create a national VPP for our retail customers. Together, we’re aiming to build one of Australia’s largest mixed asset residential VPPs. This type of innovation will ultimately benefit all of Simply Energy’s retail customers.

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“By ensuring that our customers’ assets are able to participate more effectively in more aspects of the energy market, we are working to offer the most competitive and compelling VPP offer in Australia. We also intend to extend this service to more battery types and more asset classes, including community batteries.”

Simply Energy’s original SA VPP project received support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) as part of ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program.