Energy News: Powerclub signs VPP deal with Power Ledger for large scale roll-out of Virtual Power Plants in South Australia
Highlights: Virtual Power Plant in Australia
- Power Ledger has signed the first large-scale commercial roll-out of its technology.
- Wholesale energy retailer Powerclub will integrate Power Ledger’s blockchain-based technology, including its Virtual Power Plant software or energy trading application.
- Powerclub's Members will be able to pool their excess solar and battery storage to a Virtual Power Plant while accessing wholesale electricity prices from the grid and retailer services at cost.
- Members will be able to avoid peak demand price spikes reducing annual energy costs, enabling faster settlements and greater control over when they use their energy and how much they pay for it.
Adelaide, Australia: 7 November 2019 - Energy trading software company Power Ledger has partnered with Australian electricity wholesaler Powerclub to give households unprecedented control over their energy use.
The commercial deal will allow Powerclub Members to pool their net solar and battery storage to act as a Virtual Power Plant in Australia and gain access to wholesale electricity prices for more control over what they pay for their energy consumption.
Power Ledger’s VPP technology will enable Powerclub households with batteries to pool their stored solar power to sell during periods of high energy demand and price spikes, which will help in paying back their investment in rooftop solar faster.
Power Ledger's energy trading technology will empower Australians with greater control over when they use energy and how much they pay. Combined with Powerclub's wholesale rates and no-profit-process, it's a win-win for Members.
“The Australian Energy Market Commission has already flagged the need for grids of the future to become energy trading platforms. The future of the energy industry will be decentralised and democratised, like what we’ve seen happen to the taxi industry with rideshare apps like Uber and Ola. You no longer need to be a massive electricity company to commoditise energy,” said Power Ledger Co-founder and Chairman Dr Jemma Green.
Under the current system, energy consumers are subject to additional hidden costs and mark-ups by the electricity retailer to cover supply costs.
“Power Ledger’s energy trading platform empowers all customers connected to the electricity grid, giving them greater control and management over their energy,” said Dr Green.
Australians have had enough of rising energy prices and deserve to be able to take advantage of the wholesale market. Through this VPP program, Powerclub Members who invest in solar and battery storage will now have real-time access to leverage the wholesale market to their benefit and get faster payback for their investment.
“If there’s one thing that Powerclub stands by, it’s transparency. We’ve partnered with Power Ledger as we see their technology as being critical in reducing price opacity in the energy market,” said Powerclub’s CEO and Founder Stuart McPherson.
The two companies are already looking at longer-term solutions to the current energy crisis to ensure Australians have access to cheaper and cleaner energy.
“We believe that by integrating Power Ledger’s platform into our commercial offering, our Members will be able to access even better price points for their energy,” said Mr McPherson.
Powerclub officially launched in early 2019 and has already taken out the 2019 Electricity Retailer of the Year in three states. Financial comparison site Mozo awarded Powerclub 15 awards, including eight in the business category for providing the best value for residential and small business customers.
Power Ledger has active projects in Western Australia and several countries around the world including Austria, Thailand, Japan and the United States. The commercial deal with Powerclub around a Virtual Power Plant in Australia is anticipated to expand to the company’s other east coast Members.
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About Power Ledger
Power Ledger is an Australian technology company that has developed a blockchain-enabled renewable energy trading platform. Power Ledger’s technology won Sir Richard Branson’s global Extreme Tech Challenge award. The company has built a series of products to enable energy trading, renewable asset financing and renewable energy credit markets.
Powerclub is a Melbourne-based wholesale energy retailer with innovative technology designed to smooth out the highs and the lows of the energy market. The company is the first Member-Owned, Australian energy retailer and is bringing the community together with a better way to buy, sell and use energy. Powerclub strives for new ideas, new methods and new approaches that enable Members to save money with greater control. The company operates in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and the ACT.