USEA Power Sector Podcast Episode 5: Why Virtual Power Plants Can Replace Natural Gas Peaker Plants

In episode 5 of the USEA Power Sector Podcast, Department of Energy Loan Programs Office Senior Advisor Jen Downing, the lead author on DOE’s just-released Virtual Power Plant, or VPP, “Liftoff Paper”, faces questions from journalist Herman K. Trabish on how VPPs composed of aggregated customer-owned distributed energy resources can replace natural gas peaker plants in protecting power system reliability during growing late afternoon and evening demand spikes and reward electricity customers for participating.


Herman Trabish

Contributing Editor
Utility Dive

Jen Downing

Senior Advisor (Contractor)
DOE Loan Programs Office