Why some of the biggest names in tech and auto are teaming up on virtual power plants

A wall charger charging a Chevy Silverado EV
A Chevy Silverado EV. | Image: GM

Some big names in smart homes, solar power, and electric vehicles launched a coalition yesterday to develop standards and policies for virtual power plants.

The effort was initially funded by Google Nest and General Motors and will be spearheaded by the clean energy advocacy nonprofit RMI. The new coalition is called the Virtual Power Plant Partnership, or VP3, and its founding members also include Ford, solar energy companies SunPower and Sunrun, as well as smart electrical panel maker SPAN and several other energy management companies.

Virtual power plants (VPPs) tap into the idea that…

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