Ameren Customers Can Gain Rewards for Contributing to Grid-Balancing Virtual Power Plants Through In-Home Smart Thermostats

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ByJim Frazer
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CPower Energy, a national Distributed Energy Resource (DER) monetization and Virtual Power Plant (VPP) provider, and EnergyHub, a top grid-edge flexibility and Virtual Power Plants (VPP) provider to utilities and markets, launched a new residential VPP partnership available to 1.2 million Ameren Illinois customers in more than 1,200 communities across Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), the U.S. midwestern grid operator.

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Ameren and other utilities in the Midwest are expanding VPP programs to help MISO cost-effectively manage increasing electricity demand by utilizing a growing base of distributed energy resources. The partnership combines CPower's multi-year experience working with Ameren Illinois commercial and industrial customers with EnergyHub's experience building some of North America's largest residential VPPs for more than 60 utility clients. Together, they're creating new opportunities for Ameren's residential customers to earn rewards while helping keep the grid reliable and accelerating decarbonization.

Through the partnership, Ameren Illinois customers with in-home smart thermostats across central and southern Illinois can enroll in EnergyHub's Bring Your Own Thermostat program, with CPower acting as the VPP's market participant for MISO. The program provides participants with a $50 enrollment incentive via gift card and an additional $25 annually to customers who opt in to help ensure grid reliability during summer peaks.

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