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Seeking to Scale: Lessons From a Battery Storage Pilot As It Moves Into Phase 2

On-demand Webinar | Free

The PGE Smart Battery Pilot launched in fall of 2020 as a demonstration of using residential batteries for grid services.

After three years of operations, it has taken technical and customer learnings and moved into phase 2 of the pilot with one of the most sophisticated and customer-friendly “pay for performance” designs on the market. PGE has big VPP goals and batteries are a critical element of the transition.

Learning Objectives:

In this webinar, we will:

  • Examine traditional electricity generation versus virtual power plants and smart grids
  • Explore the details of the PGE Smart Battery Pilot
  • Discuss learnings from the pilot thus far
Who Should Attend this Webinar?
  • Thought leaders in the renewable energy sector
  • Solar and energy storage installers
  • Regulatory and policy staff
  • Resource and energy planners
  • Utilities and energy providers


Audrey Burkhardt, Resilience and Energy Storage Portfolio Manager, Portland General Electric (PGE)

Audrey Burkhardt serves as Resilience and Energy Storage Portfolio Manager for Portland General Electric (PGE). Audrey’s team develops and manages customer programs that tackle the twin imperatives of electric sector decarbonization and increased resilience for Oregonians grappling with the impacts of climate change. Audrey has 15 years’ experience in energy utility program development in both electricity and natural gas. Audrey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Brenda Chew, Director of Product Management, Virtual Peaker

Brenda Chew is the Director of Product Management at Virtual Peaker, where she focuses on advancing the company’s product offerings in managing, predicting, and optimizing DER performance. Prior to Virtual Peaker, Brenda was the Director of Research & Industry Strategy at the Smart Electric Power Alliance, where she led multiple research efforts and executed projects focused on evolving utility programs, integrated distribution planning, and enabling flexible resources along the grid. Brenda holds an MSc in Sustainable Development from the University of St. Andrews, as well as a B.A. in both Economics and Environmental Studies from Emory University.

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