The recently released report by the Department of Energy (DOE), “Pathways to Commercial Liftoff: Virtual Power Plants” highlights a compelling opportunity: Tripling the current scale of VPP deployments (estimated at 80-160 gigawatts) by 2030 – would allow the U.S. to retire polluting fossil fuel peaker plants, respond to new electricity demands, and reduce grid costs. This groundbreaking report underscores how essential digital innovation is to reshaping our energy landscape.

Watch our webinar to take a deeper dive into this report and the future of VPPs. This discussion and Q&A will provide invaluable perspectives on the implications of the rapid growth in renewable energy deployments and shed light on the future of virtual power plants (VPPs) and their pivotal role in revolutionizing our electrical grid infrastructure.

Learn best practices in adapting to a distributed grid and strategies for accelerating VPP adoption including:

  • Expanding distributed energy resource (DER) adoption
  • Simplifying VPP enrollment processes
  • Standardizing VPP operations for efficiency
  • Integrating VPPs into utility planning and incentives
  • Enhancing the integration of VPPs into wholesale markets for broader impact

Whether you’re a policy maker, utility professional, DER provider, or simply passionate about a sustainable energy future, this event will equip you with insights and strategies to drive positive change in the energy sector.

The Speakers:

Jen Downing

Senior Advisor (Contractor), Loan Programs Office of the U.S. Department of Energy
Jen is a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office. Most recently, she led the development of DOE’s Pathways to Commercial Liftoff for Virtual Power Plants (September publication). Prior to joining DOE, Jen was a Senior Manager at Bain & Company in the Sustainability and Strategy practice areas. She holds a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale and M.B.A from Harvard Business School where she was a Baker Scholar. Jen is based in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Susan Gladwin

Susan Gladwin

Senior Consultant (Contractor), Loan Programs Office of the U.S. Department of Energy
Susan Gladwin is a Senior Consultant at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO), where she works with current and potential applicants to the Title 17 Clean Energy Program, with emphasis on Visual Power Plants projects. Her career spans several decades of product line, business development and marketing roles across industry and consumer at Autodesk and Apple. She serves as an investor in and advisor to several venture-backed climate tech startups. She holds a B.Sc. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is based in the Bay Area.

Scott McGaraghan

Chief Revenue Officer
Scott leads all of AutoGrid’s revenue-intensive functions, including sales, marketing, and industry solutions. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the cleantech space, and specifically in demand response and VPPs. Formerly VP of International Business Development at Voltus, Scott is an expert in demand response and VPPs for residential, commercial and industrial markets. He spent more than a decade in leadership roles at Nest, where he was responsible for the launch of the highly successful Nest Rush Hour Rewards program. Scott also serves as an advisor to a number of clean energy technology companies and was an early VPP pioneer as a core member of the team at EnerNOC. Scott completed his undergraduate and graduate studies from Stanford University.
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Sruthi Davuluri


Sruthi Davuluri is the Head of Policy & Market Development at AutoGrid, where she drives regulatory interventions to accelerate the deployments of DERs and VPPs. She also estimates revenue potential for various types of energy assets across North American markets. Prior to joining AutoGrid, Sruthi was a consultant at Energy and Environmental Economics (E3), where she advised utilities, developers, and regulatory agencies on a wide variety of topics such as battery storage deployment, building electrification, and EVs. She holds a Master of Science degree in Technology and Policy from MIT and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

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