April 16 (Renewables Now) - Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will build the first Virtual Power Plant (VPP) in the region with the help of Enbala, a Canadian company that has developed a real-time energy-balancing platform.
As part of the project, selected distributed energy resources (DER) will be aggregated and managed as a single grid-connected conventional power plant. The VPP, relying on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to bring together various types of energy sources, will increase renewable energy integration capabilities in line with Duba’s clean energy goals. By 2050 the emirate aims to reach a 75% clean energy share.
VPPs increase the visibility of DER and maximise their value by providing peak shaving, frequency regulation, energy balancing and other grid services, DEWA said.
In recent months, Enbala’s technologies have been chosen for VPP projects by AGL Energy in South Australia, and by Alectra Utilities in Ontario.